Coaching | Cert
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Licensure Information Additional Coaching Information

This certificate prepares you to instruct and coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of fitness and athletics. You will learn to provide training direction, encouragement, motivation, and nutritional advice to students and athletes, as well as explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.

According to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE), "All coaches (paid or volunteer) are required to have either a coaching authorization or a coaching endorsement listed on a valid teaching license." This is required for anyone coaching middle/junior high and high school athletics in Iowa.

Western Iowa Tech offers credit courses for students pursuing a Coaching certificate. While everyone takes these same courses and must complete the same requirements, a coaching endorsement is added to a teacher's teaching license once the required coursework for college credit and other requirements are met.

Meet Your Advisor

Nancy McMahon
Career Navigator
Call  712.317.3384
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Required Classes for Coaching | Cert

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Entrance Requirements

In order to receive a Coaching Authorization or Coaching Endorsement, the Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE) requirements include:

  1. Applicants must be over 18 years old
  2. Concussion course - a free course offered through the National Federation of State High School Association
  3. BoEE Application - $85 fee
  4. FBI Background Check - $75 fee.

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Greg Strong
Division Chair
Call  712.317.3289
Sioux City Campus, Room B109

Licensure Information

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
To view educational requirements for the state you wish to work, visit

Completion of the coursework within this certificate is one of the mandatory requirements to apply for a coaching authorization or endorsement. According to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE), "All coaches (paid OR volunteer) are required to have either their coaching authorization, or a coaching endorsement listed on a valid teaching license." Additional information may be found on the BoEE website.


Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $1,040.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $1,070.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $600.00/semester **
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,400.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.
** The cost of books varies per program.