Students completing a Physical Education major or minor are qualified to coach in every state. Fifteen states do not require coaches education, 36 states require coaches education for non-teacher coaches, 15 states require coaches education for all coaches, and 32 states accept the completion of the American Sport Education Program (state-by-state requirements) coaching certification program as qualification for a coaching position.
The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at NDSU offers the American Sport Education Program and certification in HNES 211- Successful Coaching. At the completion of HNES 211, students complete a certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive coaching certification.
Physical Best Certification
Physical Best is a health-related fitness program of NASPE/AAHPERD. When combined with the FITNESSGRAM/ACTIVITYGRAM assessment program, it provides a comprehensive set of resources and professional development workshops for teaching health-related fitness in a K-12 physical education curriculum.
Students enrolled in HNES 350 Fitness Education Activities and Materials have an opportunity to also become certified in Physical Best through the completion of a certification exam at the conclusion of the course.