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] See Course Options 2 $307
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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

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] 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
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.

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 (008) is specifically for the general public. If you are a student with USD Athletics Department with a email, please choose section 007 (for 2023) or 010 (for 2024) for enrollment.

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 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

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

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

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.

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