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Advanced Graduate Certificate

Stony Brook University’s Advanced Graduate Certificate in Coaching program (HEGIS 0835) prepares students to become New York State certified athletics coaches. Students will examine a broad range of issues that impact the coach in today’s educational climate, including learning theories, social and psychological issues, principles of organization and administration, kinesthetic theories, injury care, and exercise and nutritional considerations. 

For students who wish to continue their studies, this graduate credential may also be incorporated into our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program.

Program Coordinator

Elisa Scott
(631) 632-7198

Graduate Certificate Awarded

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Coaching






  • Personal statement.
  • A bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.



Certificate Requirements

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

Required Courses - 15 credits

  • CEP 502 Principles of Coaching
  • CEP 507 Philosophy, Principles & Organization of Athletics in Education
  • CEP 513 Health Sciences Applied to Coaching I: Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • CEP 514 Health Sciences Applied to Coaching II: The Study of Human Movement
  • CEP 520 Theory and Techniques of Coaching: Sport-Specific Practicum (Prerequisite: CEP 507)

Elective - 3 credits

  • 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



Time to Completion

All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student unless the student is also matriculated in a master’s degree program. Master’s students have five (5) years to complete the certificate requirements.




The program’s faculty is composed of practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field. While they may present at national conferences, most also retain their full-time administrative positions. Their experience informs their instruction, allowing them to connect the theories that they are teaching to real-world situations.

NOTE: The course descriptions for this program can be found using Class Search in SOLAR or on the program’s website.