Course Listings

The course listings below are sorted by track: Administration & Coaching.  Click on the course title to learn more about the class.

IAL Admin

Budgeting and Financial Reporting for Intercollegiate Athletics Managers

ACCTG 560:  Discussions and case analyses dealing with special current topics relevant to accounting. Topics include creating and using budgets and financial statements to make decisions, the role of accounting in athletic departments and how incentives influence the financial reporting process. Budget and financial management skills in public and private institutions, including specifics within intercollegiate athletics departments will be explored.

Degree Project

EDLPS 599:  Students will complete a self-driven degree project tied to a functional area of interest in lieu of a traditional thesis.  Specific milestones must be reached on a quarterly basis to ensure successful completion of the M.Ed. degree.  

Development & Fundraising in Higher Education

EDLPS 579:  The IAL segment on Development and Fundraising is designed to allow students to learn the importance of a comprehensive fundraising program in the Intercollegiate Athletics environment. As rising costs and diminishing institutional support becomes more and more prevalent, the need for support from those who admire and encourage the intercollegiate athletic experience becomes urgently important. Students will learn the basic components of development: research, solicitation, asking, stewardship, etc. Annual giving, major giving and the principal gift will be explained and the relationship of the various outreach components of the Department of Athletics, such as Marketing, Promotions, Sponsorships and Communications to the Development/Fundraising operation will be explored.

Education as a Moral Endeavor

EDLPS 520:  This course engages the students in an exploration of fundamental questions that have faced educational leaders in the past and most likely will continue to face them in the future. Emphasis is placed on enduring educational problems and fundamental philosophical issues, concepts that feature centrally in educational discourse and conceptual analysis as a means for clarifying decisions regarding educational policy and practice.  Students will explore the moral implications of athletics within context of colleges' and universities' educational missions and the purposes of higher education.

Event and Facilities Planning and Management

EDLPS 598:  Athletic departments must plan and management a variety of events including team practices, competitions, development and alumni activities, hosted tournaments and outreach activities. This course will engage students in understanding the planning process and operations around event production, facilities management, staffing, scheduling and other event services. Event production and facilities management, including an understanding of capital planning, development events and alumni relations is a focus of this course.

Foundations of Leadership

EDLPS 549:  The exercise of leadership in intercollegiate athletics is best served by individuals with a rich understanding of how to examine, understand and compare these complex, dynamic organizations. This course focuses on an overview of the theories of research, and practical dilemmas of athletic leadership, within higher education. Students have an opportunity to apply frameworks of theory and research findings to discussions and issues driving athletic department policies and practices. Exploration of how to develop skills and strategies as emerging leaders for decision-making that enhances student-athlete opportunities and enriches the role of athletics within the educational experience.

Human Resources in Educational Organizations

EDLPS 553:  Analysis of factors involved in human resource problems related to operation of educational organizations. Motivation, perception, communication, role analysis and dynamics of groups are studied through use of cases and seminal literature. Student-athlete welfare development, academic support, training and conditioning, athletic training/medical and other services provided to foster the student-athlete experience are discussed.

Information Management and Technology in Sports: iSports

IMT 525:  This course seeks to introduce students to the role and use of information in the context of sport; to analyze sports from an information perspective. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to think critically and apply generic concepts about the roles and uses of information in various sports situations; recognize how information resources, services, processes and systems are applied in sports contexts; and discuss what is generic or unique to sport in terms of use of information resources, services, processes and systems. 

Internship & Mentorships

EDLPS 601:  Supervised internship or mentorship experiences in core functional areas within intercollegiate athletics.  Areas include: coaching, sport operations, student services, academic advising, marketing, development, events, facilities, compliance, ticketing, sports information, media, and more.

Leadership & Management Capstone

EDLPS 579:  This course takes place the final week of the intensive summer session and serves to bring together content from the first 7 weeks of the program through a leadership lens. Students explore organization mission and culture, while examining their own leadership styles and tendencies. Students participate in case studies, leadership training, crisis management exercises, and other activities designed to put students in practical, real-world situations.

Leadership Decision-Making with Data

EDLPS 549:  Methods of assessment and evaluation with a focus on strategic planning and decision-making, accountability systems and assessment-driven decision-making. Students will learn to use practical statistical skills, with an emphasis on the use and interpretation of data to guide decision-making.  Students will study methods of assessment and evaluation with a focus on strategic planning and decision-making, accountability systems and assessment-driven decision-making.

Leadership Ethics in College Athletics

EDLPS 598:  Addresses the moral challenges facing leaders in intercollegiate athletics. Examines the values and virtues important to sustained ethical leadership as well as strategies to build strong institutional cultures and support ethical practices in institutions.

Legal Issues in Higher Education

EDLPS 583:  Legal implications of university operations and an explanation of the legal and constitutional rights of students, faculty and staff within the university. Athletics legal issues including NCAA rules, compliance and important dimensions of higher education law are a focus of this course.  Special attention given to torts, student protections, including due process; university liabilities and Title IX.  

Marketing and Communications in Intercollegiate Athletics

EDLPS 598:  Participants learn the inner workings of a sports organization, gaining broad insight into the areas of marketing, sports information services, and the role of the media in shaping community relations.  Specific attention will be given to media relations, public relations (publicity and publications); sales and marketing (client services); corporate sales and ticket sales; entertainment (scoreboard presentation; halftime and pre-game activities); web site and new media (content, design and distribution).  IAL-Coaching students will spend a majority of this class exploring program branding and recruiting.

Sociology of Education

EDLPS 540:  This course introduces students to sociological inquiry in education through systematic examination of one particular theme: educational inequality in the United States. After explicating the "facts" about unequal educational outcomes across racial/ethnic, class and gender groups, several questions in intercollegiate athletics will be addressed. Also, exploration of issues pertaining to student athlete welfare and student development. Explore issues of academic support, training and conditioning, athletic training/medical and other services provided to foster the student-athlete experience. Examine the responsibilities of athletic leaders in developing overall department cultures oriented toward the welfare of student athletes. 

IAL Coaching

Athletics Coaching Seminar & Conference

EDLPS 600:  Students will propose an independent study experience to explore sport-specific content relevant to their coaching position. The experience will be grounded in participation at a professional conference/workshop and other activities approved by the assigned IAL faculty member. Students will study a specific element of their sport related to topics such as sport technique, training programs, team development, athletic performance, and student wellness.

Budgeting and Financial Reporting for Intercollegiate Athletics Managers

ACCTG 560:  Discussions and case analyses dealing with special current topics relevant to accounting. Topics include creating and using budgets and financial statements to make decisions, the role of accounting in athletic departments and how incentives influence the financial reporting process. Budget and financial management skills in public and private institutions, including specifics within intercollegiate athletics departments will be explored.

Coaching Philosophy & Pedagogy

EDLPS 598:  This course will help athletics coaches develop skills and strategies for decision-making that enhances student-athlete opportunities and enriches the role of athletics within the educational experience. In addition to examining coaching philosophy and mission, students will learn and practice basic instructional techniques and pedagogy tools.

Degree Project

EDLPS 599:  Students will complete a self-driven degree project tied to a functional area of interest in lieu of a traditional thesis.  Specific milestones must be reached on a quarterly basis to ensure successful completion of the M.Ed. degree.  

Education as a Moral Endeavor

EDLPS 520:  This course engages the students in an exploration of fundamental questions that have faced educational leaders in the past and most likely will continue to face them in the future. Emphasis is placed on enduring educational problems and fundamental philosophical issues, concepts that feature centrally in educational discourse and conceptual analysis as a means for clarifying decisions regarding educational policy and practice.  Students will explore the moral implications of athletics within context of colleges' and universities' educational missions and the purposes of higher education.

Foundations of Leadership

EDLPS 549:  The exercise of leadership in intercollegiate athletics is best served by individuals with a rich understanding of how to examine, understand and compare these complex, dynamic organizations. This course focuses on an overview of the theories of research, and practical dilemmas of athletic leadership, within higher education. Students have an opportunity to apply frameworks of theory and research findings to discussions and issues driving athletic department policies and practices. Exploration of how to develop skills and strategies as emerging leaders for decision-making that enhances student-athlete opportunities and enriches the role of athletics within the educational experience.

Information Management and Technology in Sports: iSports

IMT 525:  This course seeks to introduce students to the role and use of information in the context of sport; to analyze sports from an information perspective. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to think critically and apply generic concepts about the roles and uses of information in various sports situations; recognize how information resources, services, processes and systems are applied in sports contexts; and discuss what is generic or unique to sport in terms of use of information resources, services, processes and systems. 

Internship & Mentorships

EDLPS 601:  Supervised internship or mentorship experiences in core functional areas within intercollegiate athletics.  Areas include: coaching, sport operations, student services, academic advising, marketing, development, events, facilities, compliance, ticketing, sports information, media, and more.

Leadership & Management Capstone

EDLPS 579:  This course takes place the final week of the intensive summer session and serves to bring together content from the first 7 weeks of the program through a leadership lens. Students explore organization mission and culture, while examining their own leadership styles and tendencies. Students participate in case studies, leadership training, crisis management exercises, and other activities designed to put students in practical, real-world situations.

Leadership Ethics in College Athletics

EDLPS 598:  Addresses the moral challenges facing leaders in intercollegiate athletics. Examines the values and virtues important to sustained ethical leadership as well as strategies to build strong institutional cultures and support ethical practices in institutions.

Legal Issues in Higher Education

EDLPS 583:  Legal implications of university operations and an explanation of the legal and constitutional rights of students, faculty and staff within the university. Athletics legal issues including NCAA rules, compliance and important dimensions of higher education law are a focus of this course.  Special attention given to torts, student protections, including due process; university liabilities and Title IX.  

Marketing and Communications in Intercollegiate Athletics

EDLPS 598:  Participants learn the inner workings of a sports organization, gaining broad insight into the areas of marketing, sports information services, and the role of the media in shaping community relations.  Specific attention will be given to media relations, public relations (publicity and publications); sales and marketing (client services); corporate sales and ticket sales; entertainment (scoreboard presentation; halftime and pre-game activities); web site and new media (content, design and distribution).  IAL-Coaching students will spend a majority of this class exploring program branding and recruiting.

Sociology of Education

EDLPS 540:  This course introduces students to sociological inquiry in education through systematic examination of one particular theme: educational inequality in the United States. After explicating the "facts" about unequal educational outcomes across racial/ethnic, class and gender groups, several questions in intercollegiate athletics will be addressed. Also, exploration of issues pertaining to student athlete welfare and student development. Explore issues of academic support, training and conditioning, athletic training/medical and other services provided to foster the student-athlete experience. Examine the responsibilities of athletic leaders in developing overall department cultures oriented toward the welfare of student athletes. 

Sport Performance

EDLPS 598:  In this course, athletics coaches will work to develop a student-centered training program that maximizes athlete performance. Students will explore leadership, policy, and program planning and implementation based on human development theory and current issues within sport performance. Additional topics will include applied kinesiology, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion management, emergency response, and nutrition.

Sport Psychology & Student Wellness

EDPSY:  Grounded in Student Development Theory, this course will explorethe responsibility of athletics coaches to develop a team culture oriented toward the welfare of student-athletes. Students will discuss how psychological and physiological factors affect athlete performance and overall wellness. Strategies for team motivation and group cohesion will also be explored.