The Institute for Athletic Coach Education

The Institute for Athletic Coach Education (IACE) in the School of Education at Boston University is designed to focus attention on the need for education and training for youth sport coaches. At the Institute, youth sports are considered a vehicle for helping young people develop into productive members of society, with the guidance of a significant adult mentor who is most often a coach. We aim to provide present and future youth sport coaches with learning opportunities and resources to help them better understand their role and fulfill their responsibilities as leaders and educators in the community. Our mission is:

  • To serve as a resource for coaches, coach educators and trainers, sport organizations and other community organizations, as they seek to fulfill their responsibilities in the coaching of children and youth in sports and physical activity
  • To collaborate with youth development organizations to assist them in the design and delivery of sustainable professional development processes appropriate for the coaches of young people in the communities that they serve
  • To educate and train these coaches to assume service leadership roles in their organization by ensuring learning opportunities for young people to grow and develop as athletes, students, and leaders in their community, through their participation in sports and physical activity
  • To foster organizational growth by supporting coaches and physical activity leaders to improve their ability to:
    • Structure and lead transformational experiences for young people
    • Develop leadership qualities in the young people they coach
    • Enhance their own self-image as leaders in their communities
    • Conduct their work within an ethical framework of behavior appropriate for the young participants that they coach/lead/serve
    • Integrate the core values of their organization into their work as coaches of young people
  • To demonstrate leadership in the larger Boston community by engaging in outreach initiatives that:
    • Lead to systemic change in the support and delivery of youth development programs through sport and physical activity
    • Offer other educational and leadership development opportunities through the vehicle of sport and physical activity leading to an increase in the quantity and quality of volunteers available to the greater Boston community

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.