Coaching Authorization

Coaching Authorization

NIACC offers four courses (totaling 5 credit hours) that meet the requirements to coach in the state of Iowa.  These four courses are offered four times a year.  One of these courses, PEC-127 Care & Prevention, requires attendance on one scheduled day at NIACC.  In addition to these courses NIACC also offers a First Aid course (1 credit hour), which provides the CPR certification that is required for a coaching authorization in the state of Iowa.  Questions regarding specific courses offered at NIACC should be directed to the instructor for that course.  Below is a list of the courses, brief descriptions, and instructor information.

Coaching authorization applications and questions should be submitted or directed to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners office:

State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0147
515-281-6896
Website: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/how_do_i/coach/a.html

Call the Student Development Office at (641) 422-4207 to register for classes or click the link to search and register for available classes http://www.niacc.edu/academics/online-courses/

Click the link to view frequently asked questions regarding coaching authorization: http://www.state.ia.us/boee/doc/faqs_cch.html

Coaching Authorization Classes Offered at NIACC


PEC-110: Coaching Ethics, Techniques and Theory (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course is an introduction to guiding principles and techniques of coaching interscholastic athletics.  It includes discussion of theory, ethics, and professional responsibilities as they relate to coaching interscholastic athletics.

*Click the link below to search for course offerings.   

Instructor contact information:  Christi Weiser (weisechr@niacc.edu)


PEC-115: Athletic Development and Human Growth (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course focuses on human growth and development in relationship to physical activity, with special attention on children and adolescents. (Students who have had a Human Growth and Development course, i.e. NIACC's Human Growth and Development 80:320, or Developmental Psychology PSY-121, may not need to take this course.)

*Click the link below to search for course offerings.  

Instructor contact information:  Heather DeWaard-Flickinger (dewaahea@niacc.edu)


PEC-122: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Coaching (1 credit hour)

This one-credit course is an introduction to anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the connection to athletic activities.  It is an introductory course for prospective coaches with little or no background in anatomy and physiology. (Students who have already had an Anatomy and Physiology course, i.e. NIACC's Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO-206, may not need to take this course.)

*Click the link below to search for course offerings.  

Instructor contact information:  Christi Weiser (weisechr@niacc.edu)


PEC-127: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credit hours)

This two-credit course is an introduction to injury recognition, treatment techniques, taping, and wrapping. Preventative measures to reduce injuries in physical activity/sport will also be discussed.

*This course requires attendance on one scheduled day at NIACC.  Click the link below to search for course offerings.   

Instructor contact information:  Mark Vrba (vrbamark@niacc.edu)


PEH-140: First Aid (1 credit hours)

Lecture-type course designed to give the layperson adequate first aid knowledge and skills with emphasis on accident prevention and recognition and treatment of common medical emergencies.

**This course is only offered face to face at NIACC.  Click the link below to search for course offerings.   

Instructor contact information:  Heather DeWaard-Flickinger (dewaahea@niacc.edu)


*Courses are offered online only four times a year (fall, interim, spring, and summer).  Click the link to search for available course offerings: http://www.niacc.edu/academics/online-courses/

**First Aid is only offered face to face two times a year (first 8 weeks of the fall semester and second 8 weeks of the spring semester).  Use the link above to search for available course offerings.

Additional Information:

NOTE: All of the above courses are given letter grades, they are not taken pass/fail.

PLEASE NOTE: To obtain your coaching authorization you will need to submit an application to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners office and an official transcript of the required courses taken.

To obtain an official transcript stop in to the NIACC Records Office.  If you have any questions regarding your NIACC transcript contact the Records Office at (641)-422-4376.