The Coaching certificate program provides all of the state-mandated coursework required for those who want to coach in the New York State public school system. If you want to coach any interscholastic sport in the public school system, you must complete this coursework.

In order to become a coach, you must also complete several mandatory professional workshops in order to gain New York State licensure. The college offers these workshops as well.

Please note that students enrolled in this program are not eligible to receive financial aid.

This is the only online program of its kind in the Capital Region.

The certificate is offered through the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Students who successfully complete the program will meet the requirements to become a certified head coach in any interscholastic public high school athletic program.

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The program can be completed as part of the Physical Education Studies program or as a separate certificate. All of the credit coursework may be transferable to other degree programs.

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Graduates may become head coaches and assistants for varsity, junior varsity, freshman and junior high (modified) teams of public schools.

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NOTE: Additional educational requirements and/or certifications may be needed for some careers.

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The Center for Careers and Transfer provides career resources and services and help in identifying your skills and interests and how they connect to career possibilities. Transfer counseling services are also available and a list of transfer agreements are posted.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Colleen Ferris
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 219

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223