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Education Specialist
in Leadership in Coaching and Sport Management

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The specialization is designed to allow students to develop and enhance academic and practical skills for success in the academy and other career paths. The specialization reinforces principles in leadership, research, appreciation of literature, and data driven decision making, allowing graduates to create or enhance their own niche in the many disciplines of athletic coaching and sport management. Students will integrate professional and ethical essentials of leadership including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in athletic coaching and sport management and validate research principles to make data driven decisions in athletic coaching and sport management. Further, students will justify continual professional development in athletic coaching and sport management and cultivate effective communications with all audiences using a variety of delivery modalities. Finally, students will synthesize literature for research-based practice in athletic coaching and sport management and develop specialization content knowledge in the core and related courses.  The specialization blends coursework, research, and practical experience to prepare the graduates for careers in interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional, and recreational sport settings.

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Course Details

Specialization Elective Courses

  • 3 course; 9 semester hours

Select three of the following:

This course will explore the organizational and administrative aspects of sport management. Students will investigate human resource strategies that impact personnel and students, and develop strategies to improve personnel performance in an athletic organization. In addition, students will evaluate the administrative operations, as well as the management of facilities of an athletic organization.

This course analyzes the methods and techniques used in evaluating athletic programs, sport teams, and individual performance. Students will develop evaluation strategies based on researched methods and data analysis and how these strategies are integrated into the duties of coaching. Finally, students will develop an evaluation process for continued recruitment and development of athletic talent.

This course examines the legal attributes of coaching and sports management as well as the economic factors that impact this field. Students will begin by synthesizing professional literature pertaining to the legal and economic structure of this field. Students will investigate risk management, liability, and negligence pertaining to coaching and sport management and will assess the issues related to compliance in recruitment, eligibility, aspects of the NCAA transfer portal, amateurism, and financial aid in intercollegiate athletics. Students will also examine economic trends and challenges facing sports administrators, and cultivate revenue resources in athletic departments.

This course will examine the role psychology plays in athletic coaching. Students will appraise psychological factors that affect athletes, and recommend strategies to address behavioral disorders, including interventions, and individual and group coaching. Students will generate sport psychology training programs to address these factors in athletes.

Specialization Required Courses

  • 3 course; 9 semester hours

In this foundational course, you will examine major theories and practices of organizational development and improvement in educational settings. You will also critique educational leadership competencies related to ethical behavior in educational organizations and synthesize various leadership theories using an educational approach to leadership. Finally, you will utilize educational leadership theories as they apply to real-world leadership situations in education and explore self-evaluation and personal reflection techniques supportive of leadership improvement within educational organizations.

This course analyzes the policies and principles surrounding ethics and diversity in intercollegiate athletics. Students will review Title IX and its impact in higher education, and assess strategies for developing human resource policies and principles in athletics that include social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Finally, students will develop and evaluate strategies for ethical decision-making in athletic coaching and sport management.

This capstone course in athletic coaching and sport management will immerse students in authentic situations where students can apply the concepts covered in this program. Students will synthesize professional literature and apply concepts of athletic coaching and sport management, to create seminars and develop educational programs in the field. Students will evaluate the governance and organizational structure, as well as critic the rules and regulations associated with intercollegiate athletics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments

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