Coaching Today’s Student Athletes Certificate

4 Courses
8 Units
Online Self-Paced
18 Weeks

Become the Exceptional Coach or Teacher that Promotes Impactful Change with Student Athletes

Take an individual course or work toward earning a certificate with multiple courses!

These courses, created by coaches for coaches, will provide the change making skills and tools needed to create positive learning experiences between you and your student athletes. A strong understanding of how to communicate with and motivate your athletes, while strengthening and honing their athletic skills, is necessary. A winning coach or teacher means much more than just defeating the other team–being able to model leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and other important character traits will provide athletes with the positive growth opportunity that can last well beyond the playing field. Earn your Coaching Today’s Student Athletes professional certificate by taking the four required courses.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Coaching Today’s Student Athletes. The certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters. Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in Individual Courses, or Earn a Certificate with Required Courses (8 Units)

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Principles of Coaching [EDU-X779P] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Justin Berenson

Principles of Coaching is a two-unit online course for coaches and educators that want to define or enhance their coaching philosophy to build stronger student-coach relationships

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

NOTE: This section (006) is specifically for the general public. If you are a student with USD Athletics Department, please choose section 008 for enrollment.

Character and Athletics [EDU-X780P] See Course Options 2 $307
See Course Options
Online Self-Paced
CJ Moloney

Online two-unit course for educators, coaches, physical education instructors who work with student athletes and want to provide character education to their athletes

Differentiation of Instruction: How to Reach Every Athlete on Your Team [EDU-X781P] See Course Options 2 $307
See Course Options
Online Self-Paced
Edward Gorton

This two-unit online course for athletic coaches and physical education teachers focuses on differentiated instruction and training and increasing motivation of student athletes.

Leadership in Coaching [EDU-X782P] See Course Options 2 $307
See Course Options
Online Self-Paced
Justin Berenson

This is an online professional growth course for athletic coaches and other educators that want to enhance their leadership skills and also want to hone their students’ leadership skills


Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into three or seven learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


Enroll in one or more courses to earn graduate level extension credits. You can expect the following from Online Self-Paced courses:

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

The courses in this certificate program are targeted for anyone that works with student athletes in the K-12 and community college setting – coaches, managers, athletic directors, physical education instructors and even classroom teachers that want to promote life skills with their students.

Key Benefits of Educator Certificates

Develop Expertise

From classroom management and bullying prevention to teacher leadership, USD certificates provide career-enhancing skills and knowledge.

Document Your Achievement

Bolster your resume as an educator by adding a University of San Diego certificate to your professional development accomplishments.

Advance Your Salary

Boost your career by earning Graduate-Level-Extension-Credit and position yourself for salary advancement at your school.


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

10 %

Job growth


Median salary

Career Opportunities

High School Teachers
Middle School Teachers
Elementary School Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I measure evidence of student learning?

Besides the final assessment, teachers can gather evidence of student learning by building regular formative assessments into their lessons or units. Formative assessments can include short quizzes, peer evaluations, discussions, one-on-one student-teacher interviews and student self-reflections. The intention of these progress assessments should be to gauge abilities like critical thinking, inquiry, problem-solving and foundational knowledge as it pertains to the course content.

Interested in more professional development opportunities for teachers? Explore education courses and certificates at the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

What is backward design?

Backward design in education is a lesson planning strategy that starts with the final assessment, then asks teachers to build their lessons toward that goal. This differs from transitional lesson design, in which teachers identify content they need to cover, build relevant lessons, then create the final assessment. Backward lesson design encourages teachers to be more intentional about their lesson plans and ensures that they make the best use of class time.

Do I need a teaching philosophy to get a teaching job?

Most teachers who earn master’s degrees are asked to write a philosophy statement as part of their program. Whether or not you have a master’s degree in education, you may be asked to provide some form of a teaching philosophy statement when applying for certain academic or administrative positions. You may also want to craft a version of this statement as the introduction to your teaching portfolio, as your LinkedIn bio, your resume objective statement or your bio for any accreditations (such as for contributions to a publication, awards, volunteer work, etc.).

You will likely never be asked to recite your teaching philosophy, and a lack of a formal written philosophy should not bar you from consideration for teaching jobs. That said, when sitting for interviews, teaching applicants should demonstrate a clear teaching philosophy through their answers.

What are some examples of scaffolding in education?

Teachers use all sorts of scaffolding tools to help students along the path to comprehension. Show and tell, visual aids, flashcards and making real-world connections are all ways that teachers can transfer ownership of core concepts to students.

What’s the difference between scaffolding and differentiation?

While these are two approaches to classroom instruction, they are not interchangeable, although they can be combined. Scaffolding is the process of breaking lessons into manageable units, with the teacher providing decreasing levels of support as students grasp new concepts and master new skills. Differentiation is the act of giving certain students different types of assignments or learning engagements based on the way they receive and retain information, so as to help them succeed alongside their peers.

In which states can teachers earn the highest salary?

Data varies, but the states in which public school teachers consistently make the most money include New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, California and Connecticut. In the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis, some states have passed legislation raising teacher salaries.

Do I need a master’s degree to make more money as a teacher?

While a master’s degree is not necessarily an indicator of teaching skill, teaching candidates with master’s degrees are consistently given preference over those with bachelor’s degrees only. Regardless, the more time and dedication given to improving your teaching ability, the more likely you will be considered for higher-level (i.e. higher paid) positions.

What’s the most I can earn as a teacher?

A teaching salary is highly dependent on geographical location, even down to the part of town you teach in. The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that, as of May 2021, the annual mean wage for elementary and high school teachers tops out at roughly $87,000 and $94,000, respectively. Salaries typically increase for academic specializations.

How do I enroll in a course?

You can enroll through our website, or you may call during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How can I get more information about a course?

For additional information regarding any of our courses or programs please complete the Contact Us Form or you may call our office during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

Where can I find a course description?

Search for your course name or number using Search Courses* fill out as much information about your course as you know and click search. If you cannot find the course you are looking for, please Contact Us

Are loan deferments, financial aid and student loans available for continuing education courses?

Because our courses are not degree-seeking, we are unable to offer financial aid or assist with loan deferments.

Do I need to be a USD student to take a continuing education course?

No, all professional and continuing education courses are open enrollment. An application to USD is not required. You can search for the course you want on the Find a Course page and click through to the course description to enroll.

What are your registration/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies.

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.

Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period.

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

Do Continuing Education courses count towards a degree?

Most of our courses do not count toward a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. While credit earned for our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree it is ultimately the decision of the institution you plan to transfer the credit to. It is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student to confirm the transferability with the other institution

What type of credit am I earning?

The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours (1 semester hour = 15 contact hours). The credit earned is usually used for salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification. Graduate Level Extension credit is not usually transferrable towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.

What is Graduate Level Extension Credit?

Courses in the 500-599, 700-799, and 800-899 series are professional, graduate level (post-baccalaureate) extension credit courses in the field of education. Courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of beginning, veteran and prospective educators (K-12, and sometimes applicable toward the college/university level) in both public and private school systems. Areas of emphasis include pedagogy, curriculum design, teaching methods and development of materials. Course credit fulfills requirements for professional growth, in-service and salary-step hurdle requirements, and may be applied toward an academic degree or teacher credentialing program subject to the prior approval of the institution in question. Course credit is recorded on an official university transcript and becomes part of the student’s permanent record at USD.

Are Self-Paced courses right for me?

Online Self-Paced and Independent Study Self-Paced Courses: Self-Paced formatted courses allow one to take courses without sitting in a classroom. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course and format, you will also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place by email, within the online learning platform, phone or fax. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six or nine months to complete your course, depending on the format of the course.

Is Self-Paced right for me?

Self-Paced courses offer flexibility and the ability to complete a course quicker than a traditional live course. Our courses deliver the same high-quality content and expert instruction as traditional, “face-to-face” courses. You can register at any time and you will have six or nine months to complete your course, depending on the format of the course. These courses work well for:

  • Working professionals with tight schedules
  • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
  • Students living in remote locations
  • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
  • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious

Is Online Learning right for me?

Online Fixed-Date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational goals. Online Fixed-Date courses have fixed start and finish dates similar to classroom courses, but as an online student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus, and course resources from any computer with Internet capability.

Online Fix-Date courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-ground at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24-48 hour time frame. This online format allows students to interact with classmates worldwide and replicate in-classroom interactions through weekly discussion forums, chats and email communication.

Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course, you may also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place online through your course site. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six months from the time of registration to complete your course.

What does Classroom instructional type mean?

Classroom courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates a communication on a given subject in real time, enables immediate feedback, and fosters interaction with the instructor and like-minded classmates. To see if a course is being offered in a location near you please click on Search Courses on the website’s top navigation in Programs: then Filter by SUBJECT AREA/PROGRAM and LOCATION. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and end date in which you are expected to attend the courses at that location for all course sessions.

Where can I get directions to my course classroom?

The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

What is “Open Campus”?

USD’s Open Campus initiative provides an administrative mechanism through which members of the broader San Diego community might enroll in and attend USD campus courses on a space-available basis after receiving the signed permission of the course instructor and a department, school or college administrator.

The application process for Open Campus does not require University admission. Open Campus offers course enrollment on a space-available basis only. Please note that Open Campus students are not guaranteed access to courses. Instructors must provide permission before Open Campus students may attend a course. Participation in Open Campus does not grant admission to degree programs at the University of San Diego. For information about joining degree programs please contact Admissions.
For more information regarding Open Campus please go to

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. Transcripts are $15 each ($25 for International Business Transcripts). For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

If I take a course on campus is parking included in my course fee?

No. Parking fees are not included in the course fee. Parking is enforced 7AM-7PM M-F. For information on metered or permit purchase, please refer to Parking information for PCE students and guests

How many units can I complete in one semester?

USD Professional and Continuing Education allows for a maximum of 18 units to be completed during any one semester: FALL (September – December); SPRING (January – April); and SUMMER (May – August).

How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

A payment confirmation is automatically sent via email once you have registered and paid for a course through the website, please save these receipts for tax purposes. In addition, you can access receipts in your Student Account, Account History.

Can I get on a mailing list?

You can get on our mailing list by clicking on Join our Mailing list.

Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form

Why USD?

PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers, as well as with their employers to help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

Informative Stats and Facts


Number of high-quality, career-building courses to choose from


Number of in-depth, innovative, and relevant topics


Career advancing certificates


Download eBook: 5 Reasons Why Continuing Education Matters for Educators