Human Performance and Coaching

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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Motivation and athlete performance are two keys to strong coaching. In the Human Performance and Coaching post-baccalaureate certificate, you will examine sports psychology, the science of sport nutrition and performance training, including flexibility, cardio-respiratory conditioning, core, balance, reactive, speed, agility and quickness, and resistance.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Education are eight weeks in length.

Certificate Courses - 12 credit hours

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Course Description


Coaching Psychology

In this course, students will explore the principles, responsibilities, and issues involved with the coaching and motivating the student athlete. Students will gain knowledge of the fields of Positive Psychology and Sport Psychology. This course will describe how to strengthen a student athlete’s daily performance and team achievement in athletics. Examples of top athletes’, musicians’ and other performers’ issues will be examined.


Coaching Fundamentals and Speed Development

This course will examine the trend of athletic performance with an emphasis on speed training. Students will be exposed to all aspects of speed training including the latest research on the topic. Special emphasis will be placed on speed and power training for the athlete. Students may apply to receive a certification through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) upon completion of the course.


Sports Nutrition

This course presents the principles, background, and rationale for current guidelines for athletes. Using a physiological basis, the student will explore the science behind sport nutrition.  Students will develop a practical and comprehensive understanding as it relates to sport and the influence of nutrition on exercise performance, training, and recovery.  Subjects to be covered include the effects of nutrition on overtraining, weight management and body composition for athletes, new research on carbohydrate intake during training, the role of protein in strength and endurance exercise training, and the latest information on exercise, nutrition, and immune function.


Performance Enhancement in Sport

This course will introduce the revolutionary exercise programming strategies of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The student/coach will receive a detailed insight into designing exercise programs for athletes in various sports.  They will be shown how this systematic approach to program design uniquely blends the science of acute variables with the concepts of flexibility, cardio-respiratory conditioning, core, balance, reactive, speed, agility and quickness, and resistance training to develop safe and effective exercise programs for all athletes.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $7,886
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

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