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Dordt University



Anyone planning to coach K-12 school-sponsored athletics in Iowa must be properly certified. For non-teachers this means completing a 55-hour Coaching Authorization course. Dordt University offers the most flexible and comprehensive option for fulfilling this requirement.

We will help ensure you have all the paperwork in order to have your authorization in hand as soon as possible upon completion of the course so you can rest assured you'll be equipped with all the skills and training you need to coach well and the proper certification to do so legally.

The course will cover:

  • The basics of athletic training
  • Ethical and legal issues pertaining to athletics, with a focus on laws in Iowa
  • Sports psychology
  • Human growth and development
  • Injury prevention and treatment


  • Who is the course for?

    The online Iowa Coaching Authorization course is specifically designed for non-educators planning to coach high school sports at an Iowa high school.

  • How long does the course take?

    The authorization contains 55 hours of work and can be done as quickly or as slowly as the student chooses as long as all work is completed by the end of the term.

  • Is the course accredited?

    The Iowa Coaching Authorization course is accredited by the Iowa Board of Education.

  • What is the cost of the course?
    Tuition is $400. There are two required books for the course that retail for around $65.


Costs to complete Dordt's Iowa Coaching Authorization course:

  • Tuition: $400
  • Books: Approx. $65
  • Application: $0
  • Total cost: Approx. $465
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Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt University is a Christian university committed to helping you serve in the real world—right now, today.

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have consistently ranked Dordt #1 in student engagement. So you know you can expect to experience a Christian community that builds you up and pushes you to grow when you begin your graduate studies at Dordt University.

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Let's Get Started

We want your Iowa Coaching Authorization application process to be easy and efficient. Feel free to contact one of our admissions counselors at any point along the way. We're always happy to help.

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