COACHING AUTHORIZATION COURSES
A coaching authorization is required to coach in middle school, junior high school, and high school in the state of Iowa. To get authorized, successful completion of a 55-hour course is required. Kirkwood offers a variety of state-approved classes for you to fulfill this requirement.
Click here to register for Kirkwood's Iowa Coaching Authorization Courses and/or Iowa Coaching Authorization Online Courses.
Certification requires a minimum of 55 contact hours of coursework. Classroom instruction or online certification is available through Kirkwood Continuing Education. Additionally, applicants must submit transcripts to the state and pass a background check with fingerprinting before earning certification. Fingerprinting is offered during the coaching seminar, otherwise, please contact your local law enforcement agency to find out if and when they offer fingerprinting services to the public. Applicants under 20 years old will also need to upload a copy of their high school diploma as a required transcript into the online application.
Coursework completed in the past may be used to satisfy all (or parts of) the Coaching Authorization requirements. If you’d like further assistance with your transcript or if you’d like to have a member of the BOEE review your coursework, please click here.
Within five years of obtaining your coaching authorization, you need to participate in five renewal activities. These renewal activities must be sponsored or offered by an accredited college or university, Area Education Agency, professional athletic association, the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Classes, clinics and rules meetings all qualify as renewal activities. Kirkwood Coaching Recertification classes are offered online for your convenience.
Click here to register for Kirkwood's Iowa Coaching Renewal Courses.
Iowa Coaching Endorsement
If you have a current Iowa teaching license, you can choose to add a coaching endorsement to your license by taking courses for college credit. Kirkwood offers credit courses that will satisfy the requirements for the coaching endorsement.
Please contact instructor Josh Troutman (email@example.com) for more information on these courses.
Unsure when your Coaching Authorization expires?
Use the license checker at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/ and search for your license to verify the exipiration date.