Coaching Authorization & Officiating

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is a Department of Education approved provider for the Coaching Authorization Program. State law allows non-teachers to coach school sports if they qualify for a state coaching authorization certificate.

In order to qualify, you must complete the four required classes; Physiology, Human Growth & Development, Techniques/Theory and Ethics of Coaching, and Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries. These classes are required for both paid and volunteer coaches at junior and senior high school levels.

For more information about the college's classes, class times, etc., contact Julie Aye, 563-336-3305.

Required Courses


1 Credit Hour
10 Contact Hours
Develop an understanding of how the body moves and how the laws of force affect that movement.

Human Growth & Development

1 Credit Hour
10 Contact Hours
Explore the basic concepts of human growth and development of students in the 5th through 12th grades who participate in athletic events sponsored by a school system.

Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries

2 Credit Hours
20 Contact Hours
Build your awareness of the duties and responsibilities in protecting the health of athletes. Aimed at preventing injuries through conditioning, weight training, stretching and proper nutrition.

Techniques, Theory & Ethics of Coaching

1 Credit Hour
15 Contact Hours
Students will learn the theory and techniques for coaching all interscholastic athletics. Special emphasis will be given to motivation, public relations, the nature of coaching, principles of conditioning, and organization and administration. Students will also gain knowledge and understanding of professional ethics and legal responsibilities of coaches.


Other courses that meet the requirements:



  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Kinesiology


Human Growth & Development

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Dynamics of Human Development
  • Growth & Motor Performance
  • Cannot accept Educational Psychology, Psychology, General Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology


Prevention & Care of Athletic Injures

  • First Aid & Safety in Sports
  • Basic Athletic Training


Techniques & Theory of Coaching

Will accept a course in the theory of coaching in general or in the theory of coaching a specific sport


Contact Information

Persons with other commonly asked questions regarding the coaching authorization are encouraged to contact David Morgan or the Licensure Office at the address or telephone number listed below.

Steve Mitchell
Board of Educational Examiners
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA  50319-1047



Locations: Clinton Community College, Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College

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