Educators have long seen the need for an Athletic Coaching Endorsement as a coverage on the Florida Educator’s Certificate, as well as to provide quality instruction to volunteer and non-teacher coaches. Teachers who wish to add the Athletic Coaching Endorsement to their Certificate must have at least three semester hours in three major areas, Fundamentals of Coaching, First Aid-Health and Safety, and a Sport Specific Course. In addition, they must hold current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification from an agency approved by the Florida Department of Health.
All newly hired coaches hired after July 1, 2013 must successfully complete specific coursework through the National Federation of High Schools learning program (NFHSlearn.com) and apply for the endorsement. Newly hired coaches have until June 30 of their third (3rd) year of employment to complete all requirements. In order to receive the endorsement, teachers will be required to verify by transcript or by district in-service records that they have met all of the requirements.