Coaching License

Syracuse University’s coaching programs prepares students for coaching in grades 7-12 in public and private schools. These skills can transfer to officiating, private instruction and advanced levels of coaching.

New York State Temporary Coaching License

Anyone wishing to coach interscholastic athletic activities in New York State schools must apply for Coaching Certification. Individuals with NYS Teacher Certification may apply directly after completing the necessary coursework and trainings. All others must apply for a Temporary Coaching License. After acquiring at least three Temporary Renewals, a Professional Coaching License may be acquired. A holder of a Professional Coaching License is considered on "equal footing" with certified teachers for coaching positions. The Physical Education program in the Department of Exercise Science at Syracuse University offers all coursework and trainings required for the New York State Temporary Coaching Certification.

  • Physical Education Majors:
    In the State of New York, certified physical education teachers are automatically qualified to coach any sport grades 7-12. However it is highly encouraged to take additional coursework as part of professional development.

  • Teacher Education Majors:
    Teachers who are not certified in the area of physical education are required to complete Theory & Techniques of Coaching and Health Sciences Applied to Coaching within 3 years of his/ her employment as a coach a the secondary level. Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education must be completed within the first 2 years of employment as a coach.

  • Other Majors:
    All non-classroom teacher coaches need to apply for a NYS Temporary Coaching License (nurses, pupil personnel service staff, teaching assistants, community members, etc.). Non-classroom teachers may only be appointed if there are no certified teachers available with experience and qualifications to coach the sport.

Why should I get a Coaching License?

Employment of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers is expected to increase by 23 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. A larger population overall that will continue to participate in organized sports for entertainment, recreation, and physical conditioning will boost demand for these workers, particularly for coaches, umpires, sports instructors, and other related workers. Job growth also will be driven by the increasing number of retirees who are expected to participate more in leisure activities such as golf and tennis, which require instruction. Additionally, the demand for private sports instruction is expected to grow among young athletes as parents try to help their children reach their full potential. Future expansion of new professional teams and leagues may create additional openings for all of these workers.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers)

What courses will I take?

  • The Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education (3 credits)
  • Theory and Techniques of Coaching (2 credits)
  • Health Sciences Applied to Coaching and Physical Activity (3 credits)

** Safe and Healthy Learning Environments (1 credit) includes child safety content that is required for the NYS Certification. A current and valid Red Cross Responding to Emergencies [or its equivalent] card is also required at the time of application.

Completing your Coaching License Application

After successful completion of your courses and other requirements, you will need to complete the TEACH registration and application process online.

Program Contact

Michael Norris