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Coaching authorization

The cost for the 8-week online coaching authorization program is $400.

Classes begin May 23, 2016. You must be registered for those classes by May 18, 2016.

You can register here or by using any of the register buttons on this site. You will need to pay for the course at the same time you register.

Both the authorization and endorsement qualify you to be an assistant or head coach for any sport at the middle or high school level. Because an endorsement can only be held by someone with a teaching license, the endorsement is available only to licensed teachers and must be taken for college credit. The content for the authorization and endorsement is similar, but additional coursework is assigned to those taking the endorsement to earn college credit. No college credit is required to earn a coaching authorization, and therefore Northwestern is able to offer it at a lower cost.

Please apply to Northwestern College. You will receive your username and student ID with your acceptance letter, and will be billed for tuition prior to the start of the course. Because the coaching endorsement is 6 credits, you may qualify for a student loan. Complete the FAFSA and contact our financial aid office for more information.

No, you will never need to visit our campus in Orange City. You may be required to demonstrate your skills to an athletic trainer, physical therapist, doctor or coach. That can be done wherever it works best for you.

You will learn about anatomy and physiology as it relates to student athletes, care and prevention of athletic injuries, and theories of coaching.

Like traditional onsite classes, you’ll read, watch demonstrations (pre-recorded) interact in online class discussions, practice skills, and work on assignments to help you learn. Discussions take place in forums that operate like instant messenger or email. Many people find this style of communication advantageous because they can think through what they want to say before they write and share it. We’re proud of the interesting and rich discussions our students have online!

No, this program is entirely asynchronous, which means you work on the course at whatever time of the day works for you as long as you meet the deadlines set by the professors.

Any computer you have purchased within the last five years should work fine. Though we have students using both Macs and PCs, if you use a Mac, you must be able to save documents in a Microsoft Word compatible format. It is imperative that you have access to a stable and trustworthy Internet connection. Read more about the technology requirements.

To view the textbook information and to order, go to nwciowa.ecampus.com and choose KIN260 and KIN300 from the list of courses.

Yes, you may cancel your registration any time before the first day of the class.  On the first day we finalize contracts for our faculty based on the number of students registered, so if you choose to cancel after the first day, no refund will be given.

Life happens. We understand that! You may certainly drop the program if you are unable to complete it. Because we hire faculty for this program based on the number of students registered, we cannot refund your registration if you decide to step out of the program.

Northwestern College only provides the coursework required for the authorization. You must apply for authorization with the Board of Educational Examiners and pass a  background check. The application can be found at the  Board of Educational Examiners website. You are responsible for submitting your application.

Your state-issued coaching authorization is valid for five years.

No, you are not able to change from authorization to endorsement after the course begins. If you change your mind after you have started or finished the authorization and wish to take the courses for credit, you must re-enroll in a future term.

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