How do I apply for admission?
You simply complete a change of major/minor form
to add the concentration to your academic plan.
Can courses apply to both my major
and the concentration?
Yes, depending on your major, you will find
courses that are required for both your major
and the concentration.
Can I substitute BIO 312 & 313 for
ESS 205 & 206?
Yes, you will need to complete a course
substitution form to get this change made.
When can I do my ESS 451 ‘Coaching
ESS 451 is the culminating experience in the
coaching concentration. Prerequisite: completion
of requirements in coaching concentration with
the exception of ESS 368 and elective credits.
Repeatable for credit in different sport(s) —
maximum six. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Fall,
Spring and by arrangement in the summer.
Can I use a summer coaching
experience to complete ESS 451 “Coaching
Yes, you may register for the course during the
fall or spring semester. Be sure meet with the
Concentration Director to get approval and
receive requirement information prior to
beginning the coaching experience.
Where can I do my ESS 451 ‘Coaching
The student is responsible for finding and
securing their own coaching position. That
position MUST be pre-approved by the Coaching
Competitive Athletics Concentration Program
Director. The position may be either a paid or
What if my ESS 451 ‘Coaching
Practicum’ encompasses 2 semesters?
Students whose season spans two semesters must
schedule a “progressive” interview before the
end of the semester. The purpose is to review
and discuss your coaching assignment to make
certain you are on track. Students whose
experience overlaps semesters will receive an
“INCOMPLETE” grade for the semester. The grade
will be changed at the successful completion of
the exit interview following completion of the
What if I am coaching a spring sport
that extends beyond the semester?
You are expected to fulfill the duties of the
coaching experience from start to finish so you
will need to plan to be available to complete
your responsibilities. Those whose season
extends past the UW-La Crosse grade reporting
period must make arrangements to have a
“progressive” interview to ensure you are on
track and to make arrangements for the exit
interview. If the exit interview takes place
after grades are due to the records office, the
student will receive an INCOMPLETE until such
time as the full requirements have been
I coached a team last year, can I
just use that for my ESS 451?
NO! The experience is not retroactive. Course
requirements such as logs, reflections, and
video must be done as you progress through the
Should I take ESS 451 for 2 or 3
A total of 24 credits is required for completion
of the concentration so be sure to add up your
credits taken and take ESS 451 for the number of
credits you need to get to 24, i.e. if you take
ESS 100 Strength Training and not ESS 386 to
fulfill required course work you will probably
need the 3 credit option to achieve the desired
Will I be certified through WI. DPI?
No, the concentration does not currently meet
the requirements for certification.
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