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Program requirements

Students can receive an athletic coaching endorsement or authorization credential by completing the requirements below. Educators who wish to add a coaching endorsement to their teaching license must take the courses for college credit. A coaching authorization can be earned by anyone who wishes to coach middle or high school athletics and does not result in earning college credit. 


(4 credits) This course meets the Iowa Department of Education requirements for three of the four coaching authorization areas: Child Development (15 instructional hours), Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches (15 instructional hours) and the Care and Prevention of Injuries (30 instructional hours). Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of educationally sound strategies for caring for the needs of youth involved in sport. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

(2 credits) A study of organization skills, interpersonal relations and psychological approaches to coaching athletes and teams in contemporary society.