The MEd(Sports Coaching) program has been designed for elite-level coaches and experienced elite athletes seeking to become coaches.
Face-to-face and flexible delivery of units of study by highly respected academics and experts in the field is a feature of the course. Local and overseas students and a range of teaching settings contribute to a unique experience in and beyond the classroom.
By meeting during classes, participants have the opportunity to develop networks across a variety of sports.
The course content builds on students' technical expertise by developing their skills in:
- communicating ideas clearly to athletes
- organising training sessions for maximum impact
- giving and receiving feedback
- using technology as a coaching tool
- planning dynamic training programs
- remaining up-to-date with coaching trends.
Information about the tuition fees and opportunities for further study associated with all Master of Education designations – and their component graduate certificates and graduate diplomas – is published on the MEd home page.
Applicants to the Sports Coaching designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of two years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level; or
- Level 2 National Coaching Accreditation Scheme accreditation or equivalent and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of four years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level
To accommodate both the time commitment of coaches and the summer and winter schedules of Australian sport, units are delivered in ‘block’ sessions by a range of methods. These include online, lectures, discussions, practical workshops, group work, guest speakers and case studies. Each unit consists of the equivalent of 26 contact hours.
Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:
- at least four core units; and
- one capstone unit; and
- no more than two units from outside the Sports Coaching designation.
Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:
- at least four core units; and
- no more than one unit from outside the Sports Coaching designation.
Graduate Certificate candidates are required to complete four units of study, including:
- at least three core units.
Core/elective units of study
- Coaching Expertise (EDPN5014)
- Planning and Program Management for Coaches (EDPN5016)
- Contemporary Issues in Coaching (EDPN6014)
- Applying Sport Science to Coaching (EDPN6017)
Elective units of study
- Organisational Culture and Change (EDPA5011)
- Management and Leadership (EDPA6015)
- Organisations as Learning Communities (EDPA6016) This unit of study is not available in 2017
- Learning, Knowing and Thinking (EDPE5001)
- Motivation for Learning (EDPE5011)
- Learning and Teaching Thinking Skills (EDPE6013)
- Individual Professional Learning Portfolio (EDPZ5010)
- Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio (EDPZ6010)
- Qualitative Methods (EDPK5001)
- Developing a Research Project (EDPK5003)
Capstone units of study
Master’s candidates must enrol in either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).
- Special Project 1 (EDPZ6730)
- Dissertation (EDPZ6720); or
- Dissertation Part 1 (EDPZ6724) and Dissertation Part 2 (EDPZ6725)
Units of study outside the designation
Graduate diploma candidates may complete one unit, and master's candidates up to two units, from other designations within the Faculty (with the exception of Higher Education).