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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,

Physiology 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
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

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