Coaching Endorsement

credits  6  |  completion 7 weeks  |  next start May 13  |  program runs May 13–June 30, 2024

Earn your Coaching Endorsement online and take the passion you have for sport to coaching and inspiring athletes. Opportunities for coaches and umpires as well as other sports-related jobs are expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This is especially true in high schools, where state-certified teachers are the most likely candidates for open positions. To take advantage of the opportunity, educators can earn a Coaching Endorsement entirely online through Northwestern. 

100% online. 2 courses. 

You will earn your 6-credit Coaching Endorsement in 7 weeks. Classes are online, and some out-of-class requirements, such as connecting with an athletic trainer, will enable you to earn your Coaching Endorsement on your schedule. 

Have more questions? Take a look at the coaching program FAQS or contact us.

Coaching Authorization
For those who wish to coach but do not have a teaching license, you may choose to earn a Coaching Authorization through Northwestern. Northwestern's Coaching Endorsement and Coaching Authorization meet the requirements for the state of Iowa. Students who do not reside in Iowa should check with their state's department of education to ensure the endorsement or authorization will be accepted there.

The next Coaching Endorsement classes will be offered May 13–June 30, 2024. The registration deadline is May 8.

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KIN 260 - Coaching Endorsement
(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. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult CPR certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Note: Course includes one 45-minute lab per week. A fee is associated with this course.
KIN 300 - Coaching Methods
(2 credits) A study of organization skills, interpersonal relations and psychological approaches to coaching athletes and teams in contemporary society.