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Requirements - First Issuance

  • age 21
  • approval from a school administrator/AD (form available within the online application) which will show:
    •  no fully authorized coaching candidates were found after a diligent search
    • the transitional coach will be supervised by a licensed athletic director, administrator, or other practitioner serving in a supervisory role during the first two weeks of employment
    • the supervisor will evaluate the performance of the transitional coach using an evaluation form available on the school’s website.
  • a transitional coaching short course available through AEA Online Learning
  • concussion training (online from the National Federation of High Schools)
  • mandatory reporter training for both child abuse and dependent adult abuse.


1 year


Athletic coaching





Other Information

Please note that this can be a slower pathway than the full authorization as there are still coursework and background check requirements.

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