Education Training

Coaching Authorization Course

Cost: $495 – Includes Coaching Ethics and video lecture access.


A Coaching Authorization is for anyone interested in becoming authorized to coach in Iowa. 

Iowa Western is approved by the Dept. of Education to offer, in compliance with the Senate File 2215 Section 3, the Coaching Authorization Series. The course leads to a coaching authorization for the state of Iowa and will allow you to be head or assistant coach in any sport. Renewal due after five years; renewal offered at IWCC online. 

You must register at least one week prior to start date of class, but there is no guarantee of registration if class is already full.

You may cancel your registration 48 hours prior to the start date of the class and receive 100% refund.

At Iowa Western, we have 2 different options to get your authorization:
  1. February or October Option: You can take the course during the month of February or October. The first Saturday is an all day sports medicine clinic held on the campus of Iowa Western in Council Bluffs from 9-5 pm. Then, there are three more face to face meetings Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:30 pm at IWCC in Council Bluffs. You must be computer literate, with easy access to a computer and email as there are Convenient Online Lectures as well as online assignments. This course is for the self motivated and hard worker.
  2. May, June or July Option:  You can take the course in a one week format during the month of May, June or July. The sessions meet from 9-5pm Monday/Tuesday/ Wednesday on the campus of IWCC in Council Bluffs. There is extensive online work before and after the face to face sessions. You must be computer literate, with easy access to a computer and email. This course is also for the self motivated and hard worker. 
You will need to purchase 2 books before the start of class:
  1. Successful Coaching, Rainer Martens, 4th Edition ISBN  978-1-4504-0051-0
  2. Sports First Aid, Melinda Flegel, 5th Edition ISBN 978-1-4504-6890-9

Suggested online sources to purchase books are Amazon, Barnes &  Noble, and eBay. 

Coaching Ethics Online Course

Cost: $60

This course is designed to satisfy the five (5) contact hour coaching ethics requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for a coaching authorization or renewal. This is a four (4) step course. The first step is answering fifty (50) questions concerning your coaching leadership, coaching guidance, and coaching temperament. Those questions lead to self-analysis of your strengths and weaknesses as a coach.

More Information: Call (712) 325-3256 or email

Coaching Renewal Online Course

Cost: $89

This course is designed to help you achieve the requirements for the Coaching Renewal in the state of Iowa. During your course, you will spend time with five current issues in coaching today. Each issue will be treated as a separate requirement, with its own set of assignments. At the satisfactory completion of all five issues, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. This certificate should be sent to the Iowa Department of Education along with your application for a Coaching Authorization Renewal.

More Information: Call (712) 325-3256 or email

Paraeducator Generalist Certification Course


The Paraeducator Generalist Certificate course is a 90-hour program developed to train individuals to work under the supervision of teachers or other licensed personnel in the classroom setting. The training includes six competencies defined by the BoEE to cover the vital skills needed for a paraeducator to be successful in the classroom. The six competencies include Foundations, Learning Environment, Content and Instruction, Emotional and Behavioral, Professional Relationships, and Ethical and Professional Practice. The program will be offered as a hybrid course with face-to-face sessions and online work. Students are expected to attend 100% of the face-to-face classes and must have access to a computer/internet outside of class time in order to take the courses. Students also must complete a ten-hour practicum at a school under the supervision of a licensed educator.

  • NOTE: This course is NOT appropriate for teachers to take for license renewal and it is NOT appropriate for RENEWAL of a Paraeducator Certification.
  • This is a Hybrid Course

This (90 clock hours) hybrid course is open to all paraeducators needing certification or anyone looking to become a paraeducator. Successful completion of this course will lead to Paraeducator Generalist Certification from the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE). Visit their website to learn more about the certification process.

Paraeducator Certification Information

Substitute Authorization


Iowa Western offers the Board of Educational Examiner’s approved Substitute Authorization course, which allows an individual to substitute in a K-12 institution for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a Bachelor’s Degree and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed. All students must complete two classroom observations after the two-day course is complete. Students are responsible for arranging the observations with the school of their choice. More information will be provided during class.

A substitute authorization may be issued to an individual who:

  • Has successfully completed all requirements of a board of educational examiners-approved substitute authorization program totaling a minimum of 15 clock hours
  • Has achieved one of the following:
    • Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Completed an approved paraeducator certification program and holds a paraeducator certificate
  • Has attained a minimum age of 21 years
  • Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check. The background check fee will be assessed to the applicant through the BOEE application
  • Has successfully completed a national criminal history background check. The background check fee will be assessed to the applicant through the BOEE application.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for the course is $260, which includes a course fee of $250 and an AEA transcript fee of $10. Additional fees include the state fee of $85 and the background check of $75 which are paid to the Board of Educational Examiners through the online application. Applicants will need to request the fingerprint card from the BOEE through their online application. The fingerprint card will be mailed to the individual and can be taken to the local police or sheriff’s station to be fingerprinted.  

Renewal Requirements

Renewal requirements for the substitute authorization consist of a minimum of two renewal units equivalent to 30-clock hours and completion of a child and dependent adult abuse training program approved by the state abuse education review panel. A waiver of the approved child and dependent adult abuse training requirement may apply under the following conditions with appropriate documentation of any of the following:

  • The person is engaged in active duty in the military service of this state of the United States.
  • The person is a practicing licensed professional outside this state.
  • The person has previously renewed a license or authorization issued by the board of educational examiners and, at that time, reported the completion, within the past five years, of child and dependent adult abuse training approved by the state abuse education review panel.