Heartland Area Education Agency

Coaching Endorsement

A coaching endorsement can be obtained only by individuals who currently hold an Iowa teaching license. The holder of this endorsement may serve as a head coach or an assistant coach in kindergarten and grades 1st through 12th.


You must successfully complete the following four courses and concussion training. These courses may be taken in any sequence over any length of time. To obtain an endorsement, these courses must be taken for college credit. For individuals holding a teaching license, Drake University graduate credit is available for these courses for $100 per credit hour. (This fee is in addition to the course registration fee.)

  • Theory and Ethics of Coaching (1 credit hour)
  • Human Growth and Development (1 credit hour)
  • Physiology (1 credit hour)
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credit hours)

Coaching Course Enrollment Information
Our Professional Development catalog lists courses that are currently available including dates, locations, fees, online registration and current enrollment. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and a registration fee must accompany registration.

Printable Registration Form

Grade Credit/Transcripts
Drake University will issue official transcripts following the completion of the coursework. To request an official transcript from Drake University, call (515) 271-3091 or (800) 44-DRAKE ext. 3091.

Concussion Training
A concussion training program approved by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is required and available online at their websites.

On either site, click on the “Free Sports Concussion Course” link and then click on “Please Login to Order.” On the “Sign In Here” screen, click on “Register Now.” The training is free and takes approximately 20 minutes. Once you complete the training, you will print your own completion certificate.

Application Checklist

Upon successful completion of the four required courses, you must submit the items listed below to:

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

  • Complete Checklist for Adding an Endorsement to a License form
  • Official transcript(s) of all college credits showing coursework
  • Certificate of Completion for required concussion training approved by the BOEE
  • Check or money order for $50 (endorsement processing fee) made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners

Checklist for Adding an Endorsement to a License

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