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Master’s Endorsement Program


Progam Overview

The The Master’s Endorsement Program (MEP) is a very high level, detailed course of study in a chosen specialized event area. The Master’s Endorsement, 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 Endorsement 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 MEP consists of the following parts.

1. The SCC. The Specialist Certification must be achieved in the candidate’s selected area.

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 MEC. The Master’s Endorsement Course (500 Level Course) for the candidates selected specialized event area. At least 3 of the prerequisite courses must be taken prior to MEC, and all of these must be taken before the mentorship can be entered.  You must apply to take the MEC, 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 or some other recognized publication. The Publication requirement can be met at any time during the certification process, but not prior to beginning the certification process.

Master’s Endorsement 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
  • 512. Racewalks
  • 513. Cross Country
  • 514. Combined Events

Master’s Endorsement Candidacy

If you are a Master’s Endorsement Candidate and are approaching the completion of your coursework, you can find detailed information on the Mentorship and how to complete your certification process Here.

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 MEP?
The MEP 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 MEC, and a mentorship program.

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

Is the MEP 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 MEP Evaluation process contain?
MEP students must successfully complete the evaluations of all coursework, the MEC, 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 MEP certify me?
Yes. The MEP 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 MEP part of a more extensive program?
Yes. The MEP 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 MEP addresses only technical coaching issues and practices.

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