Curriculum – EdD SPP

About the SPP Doctoral Program

The EdD program in sport and performance psychology was designed to offer advanced training for individuals in coaching, business, counseling, health care, education, leadership and administrative careers. This program includes a concentration option in positive leadership and administration and a mental health counseling specialization. Students may also complete coursework for the sports nutrition and applied sport psychology certificate within the individualized coursework option.

Specialized knowledge and skills are required to become a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) and to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Our curriculum was designed specifically to help professionals complete all of the specialized coursework to achieve both certification and licensure.

The doctoral program is 60-90 quarter credits beyond a master’s degree or a minimum of 114 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. The total number of credits for program completion varies depending on advanced standing from student’s previous graduate degree(s) and the completion path chosen (specialization, concentration or individual studies option). Beyond the EdD counseling core coursework of 40 credits, students then select one of three available options to complete the degree. For counseling licensure eligibility, the counseling specialization and a minimum of 90 counseling credits is required.

Coursework and Curriculum Sequence

The program is comprised of ten sport and performance psychology core courses, a minimum of six elective courses from an extensive list of options, and a culminating experience from the four options listed below.

  1. Dissertation
  2. Mentorship/scholarly project
  3. Practicum
  4. Clinical internship

Click here to download the EdD Sport and Performance Psychology curriculum sequence.

Core Courses

COUN6505 Professional Practice and Counseling Ethics (4 credits)
Students will learn and evaluate current legal and ethical guidelines used in the counseling profession and in sport psychology consulting. Students will be expected to apply ethical decision-making models and formulate effective evidence-based collaborative strategies used to resolve ethical dilemmas and legal issues that arise when working with individuals, organizations, and teams. The focus is on ethical decision-making through an understanding of legal and ethical standards of practice. (4+0)

COUN6550 Sport Psychology (4 credits)
This course involves the application and synthesis of the best evidence-based practices in sport psychology that have been shown to result in optimal performance, health, and satisfaction. Students will be introduced to the most effective science based theories, research, and best practices in sport psychology. The course experience will focus on the necessary link between science and sport, encouraging each student to build the bridge from concept to integrated application in real world settings. (4+0)

COUN7515 Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 credits)
This course presents theories of human development and behavior throughout the lifespan. Students examine approaches for researching human development, including personality and moral development theory. Students also focus on the developing person using the theoretical lenses of disciplines such as sport psychology, psychology, anthropology, and biology. (4+0)

COUN7445 Psychological Preparation and Mental Skills Training (4 credits)
This course will examine how to help individuals better identify, understand, and manage their mental skills, responses to stress, performance preparation strategies, and focusing techniques designed to help performers be more effectively under pressure. Topics to be covered include positive self-talk, confidence, concentration, motivation and goal setting, peak performance states, self-regulation techniques to control arousal, and coping strategies for dealing with the multiple demands facing a competitive athlete. (4+0)

COUN6536 Foundations of Counseling Theories (4 credits)
This course will introduce basic counseling theories and review major contemporary counseling theories, models, procedures, and the helping relationship.The relationship between specific theories, counseling techniques, interventions, and applications of research findings in counseling will be analyzed. This course surveys the principles underlying individual, group, organizational, family systems, and multicultural approaches to counseling. The course will discuss counseling methods utilized in both individual and group settings. (4+0)

COUN7410 Psychology of Performance Excellence (4 credits)
The purpose of this course is to examine the theories, research, and intervention strategies related to the pursuit of excellence. This course explores the deliberate interventions necessary to support the development of excellence and expertise. Students will learn the nature of expertise development, the necessary steps to achieve excellence, and common roadblocks. The concept of excellence will be investigated in many contexts, such as sport and performance, intrapersonal, relationships, and life in general. Topics to be explored include: happiness, contentment, life satisfaction, values, character strengths, emotional intelligence, optimism, hope, flow, and resiliency. (4+0)

COUN7517 Survey of Research Methods (4 credits)
This course provides an overview of graduate-level approaches to research methodology. Students will study major research methodologies, quantitative and qualitative approaches to needs assessment, program evaluation, and program design. (4+0)

COUN7415 Applied Sport Psychology (4 credits)
This course integrates and synthesizes the theoretical concepts of sport and performance psychology into meaningful application. Strategies, knowledge and skills will be presented to develop the student’s ability to create performance- enhancement programs for athletes and performers. A case study approach will be employed. (4+0)

COUN7420 Sport and Performance Psychology Interventions (4 credits)
This course will introduce sport psychology interventions using a case study approach. Applications of self-determination theory and evidence-based techniques such as Motivational Interviewing will be taught to help consultants be more effective at using positive motivation, establishing positive change plans, and goal setting. This course focuses on building the holistic communication and motivation skills necessary for establishing long-term commitments. (4+0)

COUN7511 Group, Team, and Organizational Dynamics (4 credits)
This course provides a basic introduction to group process and group counseling. This course will examine the role of self in groups, leadership in groups and teams, the group and team environment, motivation in groups and teams, and socio- environmental issues with groups. Group process and stages of groups will be explored through text readings, journal and research articles, and experiential learning. By focusing on theory, application and practice of small group processes (including group leadership and the development of team and group dynamics) students incorporate new skills, enhance productivity, and reduce barriers to effective communication in groups and teams. (4+0)

Graduation Requirements

The EdD-SPP is conferred upon the student who has fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Maintenance of enrollment eligibility through satisfactory academic performance, professional development and behavior.
  2. Successful completion of all required courses and program requirements or approved equivalents in a student’s EdD program path with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all required coursework.
  3. Successful completion of minimum graduation requirements as officially communicated to students through the university catalog, student publications, and other official documents of the university.
  4. Freedom from all indebtedness and other obligations to the university.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for graduates of the EdD Sport and Performance Psychology program:

  1. Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to mental health counseling and sport psychology.
  2. Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with mental health counseling practice and sport psychology consulting.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in mental health counseling and performance contexts..
  4. Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science and sport psychology practice.
  5. Recognize and integrate a variety of counseling techniques available to enhance performance, improve health, and reduce anxiety and stress by building mental skills such as confidence, concentration and composure.

Learning outcomes for Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization:

In addition to the general learning outcomes above, graduates of the clinical mental health counseling track will:

  1. Demonstrate and articulate an understanding of professional identity as a clinical mental health counselor.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the primary domains of clinical mental health counseling (i.e., foundations; counseling prevention and intervention, diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis.).
  3. Demonstrate clinical competence as a counseling intern, including the skills and practices of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, termination, documentation and ethical practice.
  4. Demonstrate the personal awareness, theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed to engage in multi-culturally sensitive individual and group counseling as well as advocacy.
  5. Demonstrate reflective and ethical decision making grounded in the knowledge of relevant legal and ethical codes as well as examination of personal values
  6. Articulate how sport and performance psychology consulting influences one’s identity and practice as a clinical mental health counselor.

8 CC-AASP Knowledge Competency Areas:

  • K1 – Sport Psychology Professional Ethics and Standards
  • K2 – Sport Psychology
  • K3 – Sport Science (Physiological Bases of Sport, Historical/Social/Motor Bases of Sport)
  • K4 – Psychopathology
  • K5 – Helping Relationships (Counseling Skills)
  • K6 – Statistics and Research Methods
  • K7 – Psychological Foundations (previously C9-C12)
  • K8 – Diversity and Culture

Textbooks

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Specializations and Concentrations

Option 1: EdD Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

The EdD program is designed to meet the rising demand in the field and to serve as an effective way for students pursue this goal while earning an advanced doctoral degree. Counseling coursework is required to become a certified consultant of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and to meet the expectations to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Additionally, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division-47 Sport and Exercise Psychology, recommends counseling psychology coursework as part of the required job training to conduct mental skills training for collegiate athletic teams.

The program offers a rigorous curriculum of online coursework, internships, and field experiences to prepare students for state licensure eligibility. Students will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to assess and treat mental and emotional conditions and promote optimum mental health. Students who choose this concentration will be able to pursue mental health counselor positions within institutional, community, and private practice settings.

Students completing the clinical mental health counseling specialization must complete 14 counseling courses (total degree hours of 90 credits equivalent to 60 semester hours), including a 100-hour clinical practicum and 600-hour clinical internship. Counseling licensure regulations indicate that clinical internships should be completed over a one-year period.

Residency Requirements: two six-day residential colloquia.

Courses

COUN7430 Counseling Methods and Practices (4 credits)
This course is an introduction to mental health counseling microskills and techniques needed in helping relationships, with attention to building the therapeutic alliance. Emphasis placed on learning skills in small group format. Experience in demonstrating skills and the ability to form an effective counseling relationship is required. (4+0)

COUN7450 Human Growth and Lifespan Development (4 credits)
This course provides an understanding of human growth and development over the life span including theoretical approaches and issues relevant to human services. It emphasizes physiological, cognitive, social, emotional, personality, spiritual, and moral development from conception to death. Legal and ethical issues related to human development, as well as diversity issues, will be reviewed in relation to human services. (4+0)

COUN7520 Group Interventions (4 credits)
Students in this course examine the theoretical components and developmental aspects of groups. Topics include: types of groups, group dynamics and processes, group leadership and membership roles, ethical awareness in relation to groups, and crisis management within groups. (4+0)

COUN7525 Life Planning and Career Counseling (4 credits)
Students develop foundational lifestyle and counseling skills and engage in professional career counseling activities. Students examine the major models of career development and the ways clients’ interests, aptitudes, lifestyle, social interests, family responsibilities, and life transitions may impact lifestyle and career development process. Students also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice. (4+0)

COUN8420 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (4 credits)
Students will examine psychopathology principles, professional literature, and current issues associated with assessing and treating mental disorders. Students will critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in diagnosing and treating individuals and groups. Students will also explore the current DSM classifications and diagnostic issues associated with diverse populations. (4+0)

COUN8510 Clinical Issues: Interviewing and Diagnosis (4 credits)
This course will examine adult psychopathology, as classified in the DSM. Special emphasis will be placed on the intersection of performance with more traditional psychopathology. Students will learn about etiology, symptomatology, epidemiology, and treatment issues. Possible causes and contributory factors will be examined, as well as theoretical and multicultural considerations. (4+0)

COUN8520 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
This course introduces theory and research related to culturally competent counseling and social justice advocacy. Students consider the characteristics and concerns of diverse populations as they inform counseling and advocacy practices that promote optimal wellness and growth for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Students also assess the influence of their own characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs on the counseling process; examine their roles in promoting social justice at multiple levels; and evaluate approaches for prevention of clinical mental health issues in a multicultural society. (4+0)

Clinical Practicum/Internship Requirements (12 credits)

Minimum of 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours

COUN8645 Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 1 (2 credits)
COUN8650 Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 2 (2 credits)
COUN8655 Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 3 (2 credits)
COUN8660 Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 4 (2 credits)

This is a series of four counseling clinical internships during which students fulfill 600 total required contact hours in a mental health setting. Of the 600 total hours, students must complete 240 hours of direct client contact and a minimum of 24 hours of face-to-face contact with field supervisors. The internship provides students with specific clinical skills in interviewing, assessment, intervention, documentation, and consultation with individuals, couples, and/or families. Grading for this course is P/NP. It is the student’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific clinical experience requirements of their states. *Prerequisite(s): COUN8710, COUN8720, and COUN8730 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. (4+0)

COUN8710 Mental Health Counseling Residential Colloquium 1 (1 credit – 6 days)
The first residential colloquium includes a preparatory online classroom and a residency experience. Students engage in preparatory online classroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience and focus on developing clinical mental health counseling skills, including building therapeutic relationships, performing therapeutic assessments, and applying ethical and legal standards of practice. Students then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they integrate mental health counseling theories and methods with clinical practice. (4+0) Residency Requirement: Must be taken the quarter immediately before COUN8610 Pre-Practicum 1

COUN8715 Mental Health Counseling Pre-Practicum 1 (4 credits online)
This online course reinforces the clinical mental health counseling skills developed in the first 6-day residential counseling colloquium course, including building therapeutic relationships, performing therapeutic assessments, and applying ethical and legal standards of practice. Students continue to integrate mental health counseling theories and methods with clinical practice. (4+0) *Prerequisite: COUN8635 MHC Residential Colloquium 1: Must be taken the quarter immediately after MHC Residential Colloquium 1.

COUN8720 Mental Health Counseling Residential Colloquium 2 (1 credit – 6 days)
The second residential colloquium includes preparatory online coursework and a residency experience. Students engage in preparatory online coursework activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience and focus on developing clinical mental health counseling skills, including building therapeutic relationships, performing therapeutic assessments, and applying ethical and legal standards of practice. Students then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they integrate mental health counseling theories and methods with clinical practice. (4+0) Residency Requirement: Must be taken the quarter immediately before COUN 8620 Pre-Practicum 2

COUN8725 Mental Health Counseling Pre-Practicum 2 (4 credits)
This online course reinforces the advanced clinical mental health counseling skills developed in Mental Health Counseling Residential Colloquium 2, including building a range of therapeutic relationships, applying theory-based individual and group therapy techniques, and performing crisis assessments. Students continue to integrate mental health counseling theories and methods with clinical practice. (4+0) *Prerequisite: COUN8640 MHC Residential Colloquium 2: Must be taken the quarter immediately after MHC Residential Colloquium 2.

COUN8730 Mental Health Counseling Clinical Practicum (4 credits hybrid/field experience)
The clinical practicum is an online-directed, supervised field experience in a mental health counseling field setting during which students practice specific clinical skills, including interviewing, assessment, intervention, documentation, and consultation. Students use fundamental communication and interviewing principles and perform initial assessments with individuals, couples, and/or families. This course requires 100 hours of clinical field experience, which must consist of no less than 40 hours of direct client contact, and no less than 12 hours of face-to-face contact with field supervisors. It is the student’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific clinical experience requirements of their states. (4+0) *Prerequisite(s): COUN8710, COUN8720 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Option 2: EdD Positive Leadership and Administration Concentration

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive sport environments and in the workplace. This concentration is intended to help leaders and their teams or organizations succeed through a gained understanding of human motivations and behaviors, and how to apply that understanding to achieve extraordinary results in:

  • Long-term motivation
  • Team and business functional effectiveness
  • Effective work processes
  • Organizational design/structure that leads to optimal performance

Courses

COUN8440 Directed Study in Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits)
Directed study courses are taught to increase the scope of the program and to give students special opportunities to complete advanced courses and projects. With instructor approval to register for the course, students must complete the UWS course contract for field problems/directed study form. This form is to be filled out by the student and must be approved by the instructor and program director prior to enrollment. Policy: A contractual agreement for credit hours must be equivalent to the standard unit of credit as declared by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. “One credit hour will be awarded for a course meeting one hour per week for 11 weeks, exclusive of enrollment, orientation and vacation time. Organized examination days may be counted as instructional days.” In addition, the university expects two hours of study outside of class for each instructional hour. (4+0)

LEAD6520 Leadership and Administration in Athletics (4 credits)
An examination of the human dynamics in sport organizations and how athletic directors, sport leaders, and human resource management can affect universities athletic departments and sport organizations effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on positive leadership and administration practices as well as how leadership theories can help with understanding the evolution of a strong mission, strategic plan, and enhanced performance of human resources. The course will examine differences in leadership and administration for different sports settings including professional sports, universities, high schools, and other related sport businesses. (4+0)

LEAD7140 Positive Coaching (4 credits)
This course will apply the principles of positive coaching to increase effectiveness and improve performance in the areas of sport, exercise and wellness. Students will recognize and learn to communicate evidence-based positive coaching principles to: strive for excellence; achieve optimal performance; teach and model the process of success; lead a group to becoming a highly effective team; communicate with followers as we would wish to be communicated with by our leaders; respect and protect self-worth of everyone; practice how to be demanding without being demeaning; and how to shape an individual’s will without breaking their spirit. (4+0)

LEAD8310 Communications in Sports (4 credits)
This course examines effective communication in leadership positions and teaches how to use positive communication techniques and processes within higher education, business, athletic administration and coaching positions. Students will gain an awareness of the positive communication skills it takes to succeed in these professions as well as resources for continual improvement. Students will practice using effective leadership communication skills through simulated leadership scenarios. Students will complete a mock job interview for a future leadership position of their choice. This is to help students conceptualize the dynamics of leadership position interviewing to be more successful. (4+0)

LEAD8450 Positive Leadership in Business (4 credits)
This course will apply the principles of positive psychology to increase effectiveness and improve business performance. Students will learn applications of positive psychology to strive for excellence; achieve optimal performance; teach and model the process of success; lead a group of individuals to becoming a highly effective team; communicate with followers as we would wish to be communicated with; respect and protect the self-worth of others; practice how to be demanding without being demeaning; and practice how to shape an individual’s will without breaking their spirit. The course also includes the application of recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to resolve contemporary issues in the workplace. (4+0) Prerequisite: LEAD6520 Leadership and Administration in Athletics

LEAD8485 Positive Leadership in Sport (4 credits)
A positive leadership philosophy requires positive leadership delivery. This course is designed to prepare leaders to bridge content knowledge to practical application. Students will use core competencies learned throughout their concentration to develop their leadership approach. (4+0)

Option 3: EdD Individual Studies Option

This option is designed to help people complete all of the CC-AASP coursework requirements and for those who are interested in multiple areas including coaching, positive leadership, athletic administration, wellness, counseling, and sports nutrition. This is also a good option for students who already have a master’s degree in counseling.

Students who enroll in the positive leadership and administration concentration and students completing individual studies coursework towards becoming a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) must complete a 12-credit “culminating experience” consisting of one of three options:

  • Dissertation
  • Fieldwork practicum
  • Mentorship practicum and scholarly project

Courses

COUN7210 Applied Health Behavioral Theory (4 credits)
This course will consist of a careful review of the theories of health behavior. Emphasis is placed on how health behavior theory can explain health behavior and assist in program design. Case-study examples of how health behavioral theory has been successfully used in school, community, athletic, medical and worksite wellness settings for health promotion interventions will be investigated. (4+0)

COUN7440 Applied Motor Learning (4 credits)
This course identifies the various ways that people learn to move and how the principles of motor performance and learning can be useful to those in teaching, coaching, and consultant positions. This course takes an applied approach to understanding motor control, motor development, and motor learning. Emphasis is given to understanding how skilled movement is gained, regulated, and adapted. Students will learn the factors that influence skill acquisition and how to design effective practices for consistent performance. (4+0)

COUN7520 Group Interventions (4 credits)
Students in this course examine the theoretical components and developmental aspects of groups. Topics include: types of groups, group dynamics and processes, group leadership and membership roles, ethical awareness in relation to groups, and crisis management within groups. (4+0)

COUN7525 Life Planning and Career Counseling (4 credits)
Students develop foundational lifestyle and counseling skills and engage in professional career counseling activities. Students examine the major models of career development and the ways clients’ interests, aptitudes, lifestyle, social interests, family responsibilities, and life transitions may impact lifestyle and career development process. Students also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice. (4+0)

COUN7670 Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling (4 credits)
This course focuses on the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviors (e.g. substance abuse, gambling, etc.). Theories linking with addiction to biological, psychological, and other factors will be evaluated critically with an emphasis on developing effective recovery and relapse prevention. The purpose of this class is to be able to identify abuse, addiction, and co-dependence so that this problem can be appropriately addressed with clients. In addition, understanding the physiological and psychological strength of the addiction is important for students to recognize in order to avoid thinking clients simply have little willpower. Systemic issues such as culture, family and friends will be included. Treatment and relapse prevention will be discussed. (4+0)

COUN8100 Skill Acquisition and Human Performance (4 credits)
This course examines the acquisition of skills and human performance from the perspectives of coaching, motor learning, cognitive learning, and affective learning. Students will select sports and positive coaching readings in order to complete a series of reports. These sports and positive coaching readings will consist of topics such as self-determination theory, theory of learned behavior, leadership, communication, skill acquisition, and risk management. The focus of this course is to enhance the student’s knowledge concerning positive coaching and the profession of sports coaching. (4+0)

COUN8400 Psychopharmacology (4 credits)
This course provides an understanding of the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for the purpose of identifying effective dosages and side effects of such medications. Topics include neuropharmacology, pharmakinetics, and pharmacodynamics. A review of different classes of psychoactive compounds, including drugs used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, will be examined. (4+0)

COUN8420 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (4 credits)
Students will examine psychopathology principles, professional literature, and current issues associated with assessing and treating mental disorders. Students will critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in diagnosing and treating individuals and groups. Students will also explore the current DSM classifications and diagnostic issues associated with diverse populations. (4+0)

COUN8440 Directed Study in Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits)
Directed study courses are taught to increase the scope of the program and to give students special opportunities to complete advanced courses and projects. With instructor approval to register for the course, students must complete the UWS course contract for field problems/directed study form. This form is to be filled out by the student and must be approved by the instructor and program director prior to enrollment. Policy: A contractual agreement for credit hours must be equivalent to the standard unit of credit as declared by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. “One credit hour will be awarded for a course meeting one hour per week for 11 weeks, exclusive of enrollment, orientation and vacation time. Organized examination days may be counted as instructional days.” In addition, the university expects two hours of study outside of class for each instructional hour. (4+0)

COUN8445 Field Problems in Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits)
Field problems courses are to increase the scope of the program and to give students special opportunities to complete advanced research projects. With instructor approval to register for the course, students must complete the UWS course contract for field problems/directed study form. This form is to be filled out by the student and must be approved by the instructor and program director prior to enrollment. Policy: A contractual agreement for credit hours must be equivalent to the standard unit of credit as declared by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. “One credit hour will be awarded for a course meeting one hour per week for 11 weeks, exclusive of enrollment, orientation and vacation time. Organized examination days may be counted as instructional days.” In addition, the university expects two hours of study outside of class for each instructional hour. (4+0)

LEAD6520 Leadership and Administration in Athletics (4 credits)
An examination of the human dynamics in sport organizations and how athletic directors, sport leaders, and human resource management can affect universities athletic departments and sport organizations effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on positive leadership and administration practices as well as how leadership theories can help with understanding the evolution of a strong mission, strategic plan, and enhanced performance. The course will examine differences in leadership and administration for different sports settings including professional sports, universities, high schools, and other related sport businesses. (4+0)

LEAD7140 Positive Coaching (4 credits)
This course will apply the principles of positive coaching to increase effectiveness and improve performance in the areas of sport, exercise and wellness. Students will recognize and learn to communicate evidence-based positive coaching principles to: strive for excellence; achieve optimal performance; teach and model the process of success; lead a group to becoming a highly effective team; communicate with followers as we would wish to be communicated with by our leaders; respect and protect self-worth of everyone; practice how to be demanding without being demeaning; and how to shape an individual’s will without breaking their spirit. (4+0)

LEAD8310 Communications in Leadership Position (4 credits)
An examination of the human dynamics in sport organizations and how athletic directors, sport leaders, and human resource management can affect universities athletic departments and sport organizations effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on positive leadership and administration practices as well as how leadership theories can help with understanding the evolution of a strong mission, strategic plan, and enhanced performance. The course will examine differences in leadership and administration for different sports settings including professional sports, universities, high schools, and other related sport businesses. (4+0)

LEAD8485 Positive Leadership in Sport (4 credits)
A positive leadership philosophy requires positive leadership delivery. This course is designed to prepare leaders to bridge content knowledge to practical application. Students will use core competencies learned within their concentration to develop their leadership approach. (4+0)

MSE6220 Biomechanics (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of biomechanics from a qualitative perspective. This course will focus on human movement from a biomechanical perspective including identifying specific muscles and muscle groups and describing exercises for strengthening and developing those muscles. Common injuries experienced by the general population and exercises to help prevent and/or strengthen those areas will also be explored. (4+0)

MSE6531 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (4 credits)
This course will cover the relationship between macronutrient and micronutrient intakes and athletic performance. Detailed knowledge of how exercise influences dietary intake, digestion, absorption, energy metabolism, and storage of nutrients will be discussed. In addition, dietary planning for weight gain and weight loss, sport specific concerns and conditions that present to athletes of all age groups regarding nutrition, and the use of dietary supplements as ergogenic aids will be explored. (4+0)

MSE6500 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
This course focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise experienced by the cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, and neuromuscular systems of the body. The laboratory component of this course will include methods of data collection and measurement relating to energy expenditure, maximal oxygen consumption, onset of blood lactate, electrocardiography, and other selected measures. *Prerequisite: prior physiology coursework (or instructor approval). (4+0)

MSE6565 Research Methods (4 credits)
This course will explore research topics in the disciplines of sport science, understand how research methods can be utilized to form theories, learn how to critically review the published literature, and write a comprehensive literature review that can be incorporated into the Capstone Project requirement. (4+0)

MSE8215 Sport and Exercise Performance Enhancement (4 Credits)
This course is designed to provide students with the ability to assess and prescribe anaerobic and aerobic exercise programs for sports performance enhancement. Students will obtain-hands-on experience designing programs to meet the needs of athletes from a variety of sports. (4+0) *Prerequisite: Exercise Physiology

MSN7201 Fundamentals of Mind-Body Medicine and Psychology of Well-being (2 credits)
This course examines the key psychological and psychosocial factors that influence health outcomes. Important concepts in mind-body therapies and mindfulness practices to improve biopsychosocial factors, promote psychophysiological coherence, and influence health outcomes are reviewed. Core concepts of self-esteem (per Nathaniel Branden PhD), the human shadow (per Carl Jung PhD and Robert Bly), shame (per John Bradshaw), clinical psychology (per Jeffrey Kottler PhD), and performance enhancement (per Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz) are included. (4+0)

SPP7400 Sports in American Society: (4 credits)
This course will examine the influence of the social context on sport. Attention is given to the influence of society on sport as an institution and the role of sport as an agent of social change. Examines how sport affects the social world we live in. Topics explored include the intersection of sport and: gender, race/ethnicity/culture, socioeconomic class, media relations, violence, deviance, and sexuality. (4+0)

SPP8650 Psychology of Performing Arts
This course is designed for students who have a penchant for dance, music and theatre and are looking to help themselves and others perform consistently at the highest levels. The course helps practitioners and performers focused in these areas to further develop their specific skillsets in the performing arts. While the focus will be predominantly within the parameters of dance, music and theatre, other art forms with a performance component can also be included. (4+0)

Dual EdD Option Beyond a Bachelor’s Degree

This EdD pathway requires a minimum of 114 quarter credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. Students seeking to complete the coursework requirements for counseling licensure will be required to complete a minimum of 126 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. This route can be the most efficient pathway for transfer students or those who already know they want to complete the CC-AASP and licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) coursework requirements [check your state’s guidelines for which title applies]. To make a nationwide comparison to other counseling master degree programs, 90 quarter credits is the minimum length required for counseling licensure. Students who complete this degree path do not take the MS level capstone project and can select specific coursework outside of the MS-SPP core curriculum. This allows students to focus on taking the specific CC-AASP electives that they need for certification.

Students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.3 and receive departmental approval to be accepted into the program. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their core coursework in order to qualify for the clinical mental health counseling specialization.

Please note: Students who complete this EdD path will not receive a master’s degree unless all required MS curriculum coursework is completed.

Students interested in this pathway should contact the SPP program director for more information.