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Coaching authorization and endorsement 

The cost for the 8-week online coaching authorization program is $470.

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. The cost includes your textbook that will be mailed to the address you provide. 

Step 1

If you have never taken classes at Northwestern College before,    please apply for admission. Applying is free. If you completed a degree or any classes at Northwestern in the past, simply   re-enroll here.

Step 2

Send official transcripts from your bachelor degree institution (no undergraduate transcripts are required of NWC current students or alumni) by mail or as an official e-transcript to the   admissions office

Northwestern College   
Office of Admissions  
101 7th Street SW  
Orange City, IA 51041

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.

Step 3

Once you've been accepted to Northwestern, you will be given a username and password for accessing     MyNWC to register for classes. (You may register for classes on or after the day registration for the next semester opens, according to the college's    academic calendar. We highly recommend online students register as early as possible.)

Step 4

Tuition is due prior to each semester you take classes.

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.

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.

Coaching Authorization materials are included in the registration cost. They will be mailed before the program begins in May to the address you provide with your registration. Coaching Endorsement books need to be purchased separately from the Northwestern bookstore or another source. The textbook information will be available when you register for the course. 

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.