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Advanced Graduate Certificate and NYSED Approved Course Series

Stony Brook University's online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Coaching program prepares students to become New York State certified athletics coaches. The curriculum consists of three graduate-level New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved coaching courses plus three additional advanced courses that examine a broad range of issues that impact the coach in today's educational climate. These include learning theories, social and psychological issues, principles of organization and administration, kinesthetic theories, injury care, and exercise and nutritional considerations.

Students who seek coaching certification must take a minimum of the NYSED approved three-course series (as noted below). Additional requirements for certification are found in the Guidelines for the Coaching Requirements (PDF) publication found on the NYSED website.

Course of Study

This 18-credit program consists of 6 three-credit courses, distributed among the areas listed below.


NYSED courses required for certification:

  • CEP 507 Philosophy, Principles & Organization of Athletics in Education
  • CEP 513 Health Sciences Applied to Coaching: Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • CEP 520 Theory and Techniques of Coaching: Sport-Specific Practicum (prerequisite: CEP 507)

Additional courses required for the AGC:

  • CEP 502 Principles of Coaching
  • CEP 514 The Study of Human Movement
  • One elective course (see below)


Students may only take one elective course

CEP 500 Sport and Society
CEP 508 The Concepts of Leisure, Play and Recreation in America
CEP 517 Psychology of Sport
CEP 518 Exercise and Nutrition (prerequisite: a course in anatomy and physiology or CEP 514)
HEA 533 Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education

 Badges and Master's Degree OptionsCoaching Badge

Students who successfully complete a specific course sequence are eligible to receive a Digital Badge that recognizes their coaching skillset as they progress through the AGC program. For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the certificate level, these courses may be incorporated into SPD's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program. 


Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition and fee information is published on the Bursar's website. This program is eligible for financial aid. (View mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure Information).


All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. NOTE: If the certificate program is taken in collaboration with a graduate degree program, then the student has five years for completion of the certificate. 

How to Apply

Stony Brook University applications are accepted online. » Apply Now

Contact Information

Samuel Kornhauser

Academic Advising

Samuel Kornhauser, Coordinator
School of Professional Development
Telephone: (631) 632-7198

Application questions should be directed to the SPD Office of Records and Admissions at  631-632-7050 or





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