Coaching Certification in Illinois

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PED 230

       Course Name: Coaching Certification in Illinois

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on coaching principles, sports first aid, and Illinois High School Association (IHSA) by laws. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the test to receive certification from the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) allowing them to coach in Illinois schools.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the basic principles of coaching, behavior, teaching, physical training and management through online assignments.
  2. Explain leadership, sportsmanship, diversity, drugs in sport, and the “games approach” to coaching through online assignments and exams.
  3. List basic sports first aid skills through online assignments.
  4. Apply first aid skills through an online tutorial. Skills will include the following: emergency action steps, providing life support, conducting physical assessment, administering first aid for bleeding, tissue damage, and unstable injuries, moving an injured athlete and returning athletes to play as put forward by the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute
  5. Describe the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) specific rules, regulations, policies, and procedures during a final examination.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Coaching philosophy

Coaching Style



Behavior management

Games Approach


Physical Training

Team Management

Sports First Aid

IHSA by laws

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Online, chapter notes, discussions

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required



IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Martens, Rainer (2012). Successful coaching, 4th edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Flegel, Melinda (2014). Sports first aid, 5th edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A = 100-90%   Excellent
B = 89-80% Above Average
C = 79-70% Average
D = 69-60% Below Average
F = 59-0% Failing

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.