The Athletic Coaching programs at Santa Monica College offer training in techniques for teaching and coaching individual and team sports at the high school, college, or club level.

The programs cover a wide range of sports — from aquatics, track and field, and basketball, to racquet sports, and many others — as well as fitness training, care and safety, officiating, and sports management.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science Degree - Athletic CoachingAssociate in Science Degree Icon

60 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Athletic CoachingCertificate of Achievement Icon

Designated minimum number of units

The Athletic Coaching program prepares students to coach a variety of sports and fitness. The program includes courses in Kinesiology Physical Education, Athletics, and Nutrition. Students will understand the basics of training and fitness, prevention of injuries, nutrition and the fundamental skills of the sport in their area of emphasis. Athletic Coaching can lead to employment as sports coaches at the High School, Collegiate, Recreational and Club levels. For additional career possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on the main campus to utilize computerized career information systems and other valuable career resources.

PDF FileView Requirements Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement in Athletic Coaching

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges/universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete the lower-division major requirements and the general education pattern for the specific transfer institution. SMC has articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as several private and out-of-state institutions.

Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Bachelor's Degree $79,972
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor's Degree $72,175
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Bachelor's Degree $80,056
Adapted Physical Education Specialists Bachelor's Degree $83,072
Coaches and Scouts Bachelor's Degree $37,085