Coaching Positions General Information

The New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) considers coaching a secondary school athletic team teaching physical education. Pursuant to the Board of Education Policy 7420 the Niskayuna Central School District employs only “certified or licensed staff to coach all varsity, junior varsity, freshman and modified practices and games.” If you hold a physical education teaching certificate, you do not need to apply for a coaching license. If you hold a teaching certificate in an area other than physical education, you must complete certain coaching courses noted below within 5 years of the initial appointment. The process to become a coach is rigorous and designed to help provide a safe environment and a successful experience for students who participate on interschool athletic teams.

Coaching Application Instructions

1. Apply online for a coaching license – Click on the “Teach – Online Services” symbol. If you do not have an account, you must create one.

2.  Once the login is complete, click “Apply for Certificate.”

3. The area of interest for coaching is “Other School Service.” The subject area is “Coaching 7-12.” The title is the sport you are seeking a license in. Most first time coaching applicants select “Temporary Coaching License.” Finally, select the Capital Region BOCES to review your application.


All applicants for a coaching license and/or employment in the Niskayuna Central School District must undergo a fingerprint supported criminal history background check before engaging with students in a coaching capacity. This background check usually takes a few days, but can take longer if there is an issue that requires further review by NYSED. The Office of Human Resources makes the arrangements for the fingerprinting process. Any questions about the process should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

Other Workshops or Coursework

  • First Aid & CPR – Niskayuna Central School District staff are certified to provide this training. Contact the Athletic Department for details.
  • DASA (Dignity for All Students) – The DASA course is a 6-hour in-person training workshop. Some providers are: Capital Region BOCES (Cost $80), Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES (Cost $100), Galway Central School District (Cost $60).
  • Child Abuse – This is a 2-hour course that may be taken online (FREE)
  • School Violence/S.A.V.E. – This is a 2-hour course that may be taken online. Some providers are: Greater Southern Tier BOCES (Cost $23) and private providers such as (Cost $50) and (Cost $49.95).
  • College Coursework – These courses are not need for the first Temporary Coaching License, but are needed for future renewals as noted below. The Niskayuna Athletic Department can assist with locating providers for the following courses: Philosophy, Principles & Organization of Athletics (Must be completed within 2 years of the 1st temporary coaching license); Health Sciences Applied to Coaching (Must be completed within 5 years of the 1st temporary coaching license); and Theory and Techniques of Coaching in Education (Must be completed within 5 years of the 1st temporary coaching license).


For further information on how the become a coach, please contact:

  • Niskayuna Central School District Athletic Department: (518) 377-4666, ext. 21760
  • Niskayuna Central School District Office of Human Resources: (518) 377-4666, ext. 50740
  • Capital Region BOCES – Regional Certification Officer: (518) 862-4942