MASTER’S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

PROGAM OVERVIEW

The The Master’s Certification Program (MEP) is a very high level, detailed course of study in a chosen specialized event area. The Master’s Certification, the Track and Field Academy’s highest level and most rigorous technical certification is granted for completing the program’s requirements. The course of study is designed to teach Master Certification candidates advanced sport sciences and their applications to practical coaching, advanced training design and administration, advanced cuing and cue systems, and meet day coaching. The MCP consists of the following parts.

1. The SCC. The Specialist Certification must be achieved in the candidate’s selected area prior to enrolling in this course.

2. Coursework. Academy Coursework as detailed in the Programs section of this website must be completed. The coursework generally consist of certain 400 Level Courses. The coursework may be undertaken prior to achieving the Specialist Certification.

3. The MCC. The Master’s Certification Course (500 Level Course) for the candidates selected specialized event area. You must apply to take the MCC, the Course Application can be accessed Here

4. Mentorship. A yearlong Mentorship proposal must be submitted, approved, done, and documented. This proposal may not be submitted, nor the mentorship begun, prior to completion of the previous steps.

5. Publication.  Each candidate must author an original technical article. The article must address some topic related to the candidate’s proposed Endorsement area, and must contain original material that contributes to the established body of knowledge. This article must be accepted for publication in in the USTFCCCA publication Techniques. The Publication requirement can be met at any time during the certification process, but not prior to beginning the certification process.

MASTER’S CERTIFICATION SPECIALIZED EVENT AREAS

  • 501. Short Sprints
  • 502. Long Sprints
  • 503. Hurdles
  • 504. Horizonal Jumps
  • 505. High Jump
  • 506. Pole Vault
  • 507. Hammer Throw
  • 508. Javelin Throw
  • 509. Shot Put and Discus Throw
  • 510. Middle Distance
  • 511. Distance
  • 513. Cross Country
  • 514. Combined Events

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about the MEP or related course offerings, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or (504) 599-8903.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why the MCP?
The MCP is the only program of its type that provides a genuine certification for successful completion of its event specific curriculum. The certification serves as evidence that the candidate has undergone the most rigorous track and field professional development experience in the world. The certification is granted for completing the SCC, coursework, the MCC, and a mentorship program.

Are there prerequisites before taking the Master’s Certification Course (MCC)?
The SCC in the candidate’s corresponding event area and certain prerequisite courses must be passed before the MCC and mentorship can be done. Please refer to the Course Catalog section of the website for details.

Is the MCP applicable to High School Coaches?
Yes. While the course is high level, the material presented is applicable to athletes of all levels. In addition, the training calendars referenced are based on the academic year, and the curriculum addresses common high school events. The level of detail covered in the course may be beyond certain high school applications.

What does the MCP Evaluation process contain?
MCP students must successfully complete the evaluations of all coursework, the MCC, be published, and have their mentorship documentation approved in order to gain the endorsement.

Does Publication in the USTFCCCA Journal Techniques meet the publication requirement?
Yes. If the article meets the other standards, Publication in Techniques meets this requirement.

Does the MCP certify me?
Yes. The MCP grants a genuine certification by the USTFCCCA to coaches who successfully complete the program requirements. Unlike other programs that offer certificates of completion, this and other Track and Field Academy courses offer true certifications of your skills and knowledge.

Is the MCP part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The MCP is just one of the programs offered by the Track and Field Academy. The program offers multiple courses and certifications, as well as other continuing education experiences for the coach. A complete listing of the courses and certifications offered can be found in the Programs section of this website.

Does this course cover program management issues?
No. The MCP addresses only technical coaching issues and practices.

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Upcoming Academy Course Offerings

Dates Course Offered  
Online 251: Track & Field Technical Certification Online REGISTER
Oct 26 - Oct 29, 2020TFA408. Sports Science for Speed & Power Events (ONLINE)REGISTER
Nov 14 - Nov 15, 2020TFA321: Speed Specialist Certification Course (ONLINE)REGISTER

For additional information, contact Mike Corn at mike@ustfccca.org or 504-599-8903