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Advanced Graduate Certificate and NYSED Approved Course Series

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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  publication found on the NYSED website (link updated January 2018).

Program Requirements

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

Master's Degree Option

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.  


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