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, health care, education, leadership and administrative careers. This program includes a concentration option in positive leadership and administration or an individual studies option. 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 Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Our curriculum was designed specifically to help professionals complete all of the specialized coursework to achieve certification and complete coursework in clinical mental health counseling. *See note below on licensure.

The total number of credits for program completion varies depending on the completion path chosen (specialization, concentration or individual studies option).

View the CMPC candidate handbook here.

It is the responsibility of the individual student to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. UWS makes no representations or guarantee that completion of UWS coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.

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:

  • Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to the mental health counseling and sport psychology.
  • Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with counseling practice and consulting in sport psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in sport and performance contexts that will lead to improved performance and satisfaction.
  • Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, counseling and sport psychology practice.
  • Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve health, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness.

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 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

You can buy your textbooks online. Find the SPP textbook list here.

Curriculum

The purpose of the EdD program in sport and performance psychology is to offer advanced training for individuals in psychology, education, coaching, business, health care, leadership and administrative careers. The doctor of education in sport and performance psychology degree is a blend between a research-oriented doctoral program and an applied clinical psychology doctorate designed to allow students to meet their specific career goals and educational needs. The program includes two options; 1) individual studies and 2) positive leadership and administration (PLA). Each of the doctoral program options requires 86 quarter-credits beyond a master’s degree. The curriculum addresses the eight (K1-K8) Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) knowledge competency areas.

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

Curriculum Sequence

View the curriculum sequence by quarter.

Course Descriptions

Click to open the course descriptions for each curriculum section below.

Core Courses

COUN7205 Sport Psychology (4 credits)

This course focuses on the necessary link between science and sport, encouraging each student to begin to build the bridge from concept to integrated application in real world settings. Students synthesize and apply evidence-based practices in sport psychology to enhance performance, health, and satisfaction. Best practices research in both sport psychology and clinical mental health counseling inform students course work. Motivational Interviewing theory and techniques are covered. (4+0)

COUN7410 Psychology of Performance Excellence (4 credits)

This course explores the deliberate application of theory, research, and intervention strategies to help clients pursue excellence. The construct of excellence is thoroughly explored, including common roadblocks and the type of contexts in which the skills and knowledge are used in the field of clinical mental health counseling, sport and performance, intrapersonal relationships, and career. Topics include happiness, contentment, life satisfaction, resiliency, values, character strengths, emotional intelligence, optimism, hope, flow, and mindfulness. (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) Prerequisite: COUN8101, COUN7205

COUN7430 Counseling Methods and Practices (4 credits)

This course introduces mental health counseling micro skills and techniques needed in helping relationships, with attention to models of counseling competence. Development of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies are emphasized, with focus on helping students to determine, facilitate, evaluate, and sustain therapeutic relationships. (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) Prerequisite: COUN8101, COUN7205, COUN7415

COUN7511 Group, Team, and Organizational Dynamics (4 credits)

This course will examine the role of self in groups, the importance of leadership in team and organizational environments, factors that impact motivation, team cohesion, and how issues of diversity impact group function. Using theory to inform practice, students engage in experiential activities designed to enhance group facilitation skills with small and large groups.  Emphasis is placed on effective communication within group and organizational settings. (4+0)

COUN8101 Ethics and Professional Identity (4 credits)

Students will learn and evaluate current legal and ethical guidelines used in the counseling profession and in sport psychology profession. Students will 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, couples, families, groups, teams, and organizations. Students will also learn what it means to integrate a professional counselor identity into their lives. (4+0)

COUN8120 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (4 credits)

Students will engage with content, discussions, and assignments emphasizing the importance of research in the counseling profession, including analysis of published literature on evidenced-based practices. Students will become critical consumers of research by learning about qualitative and quantitative research assumptions, methods, and program design considerations. Steps of program evaluation are also featured. Students learn language, theory, and assumptions related to descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics. (4+0)

COUN8522 Sport and Performance Psychology Interventions (4 credits)

This course examines sport and performance psychology interventions using a case study approach with cases sport psychology and CMHC professionals may experience.  Cases require the incorporation of best practices integrating theory into applied settings. Cases from all development levels of sport including youth, club, high school, collegiate, and professional and involving topics such as coping with and returning from injury, Title IX transitions, applications of evidence-based techniques, etc., will be addressed. Students will demonstrate applications of techniques used in CMHC, positive psychology, planning, execution, goal setting, and building the communication and motivation skills necessary for establishing long-term consulting relationships. (4+0) Prerequisite: COUN7205, COUN7415, COUN7445

SPP8115 Scholarly Writing Methods and Practices (2 credits)

The primary goals of this course are to familiarize students with the methods and practices of scholarly writing, prepare students for writing scholarly papers, to familiarize students with the professional publication process, and to practice editing techniques. The course will focus on writing a scholarly review of literature, methodology, results, and conclusions according to APA style. Students will also be asked to review the work of their peers while developing editing skills and methodological complexity.

SPP8120 Statistics for Clinicians and Advanced Research (4 credits)

This course serves as an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics for clinicians. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the foundations of statistical analyses. General topics to be addressed include descriptive vs. inferential statistics, use of SPSS and interpretation of output, statistical assumptions, types of distributions, and basic statistical procedures. (4+0)

Culminating Experience

Dissertation Sequence

  • COUN8810 Dissertation Research I (1-4 credits, online or on campus)
  • COUN8815 Dissertation Research II (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8810)
  • COUN8820 Dissertation Research III (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8810, 8815)
  • COUN8825 Dissertation Research IV (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8810, 8815, 8820)

This sequential course is completed over a minimum of four quarters. Candidates work one-on-one with members of their dissertation committee, to write and defend the proposal, submit the proposal to the Institutional Review Board, collect and analyze data, write the dissertation and prepare for the dissertation defense.

 

Practicum Sequence

  • COUN8870 Practicum 1 Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits, online or on campus)
  • COUN8875 Practicum 2 Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8870)
  • COUN8880 Practicum 3 Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8870, 8875)
  • COUN8885 Practicum 4 Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits, online or on campus) (prerequisite: 8870, 8875, 8880)

This sequential course is completed over the minimum of one academic year. The UWS sport and performance psychology program (SPP) must pre-approve mentors for SPP practicum experiences to count towards degree completion. For students working towards CMPC certification, the association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) must also approve mentors. If a student’s proposed mentor does not already have the AASP credentials, mentors must be approved by the AASP Certification Review Committee, which will evaluate such criteria as teaching of sport and performance psychology courses, publications in sport and exercise psychology journals, and experience in consultation in SPP. Approval by the SPP program and AASP must be received prior to the practicum experience. Applicants must complete the AASP Professional Mentorship Verification Form and the AASP Record of Mentorship Hours Form. Only hours spent in the delivery of sport psychology services are eligible for inclusion. Therefore, students are encouraged to set up AASP mentors and practicum experiences early, but should not start working with clients before completing the core SPP coursework and receiving approvals. For additional details, refer to the AASP CMPC handbook and SPP Fieldwork Practicum Manual.

 

Field Experience Sequence

  • COUN8850 Field Experience and Scholarly Project I (1-4 credits-online or on campus)
  • COUN8855 Field Experience and Scholarly Project II (1-4 credits-online or on campus)
  • COUN8860 Field Experience and Scholarly Project III (1-4 credits-online or on campus)
  • COUN8865 Field Experience and Scholarly Project IV (1-4 credits-online or on campus)

In this course, the student will work with a qualified faculty member and committee who will guide the student in developing a field experience and scholarly project related to the student’s concentration in the degree program. With the assistance of the faculty supervisor, student-specific learning objectives will be developed that will culminate in the implementation of the field experience and completion of a scholarly project. Relevant scholarly work that would be considered publishable in a peer reviewed journal is required. The field experience and practice scholarship module will be offered via hybrid delivery and will take place in an approved setting.

Specializations and Concentrations

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

Required Courses

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) Prerequisite: COUN8110

LEAD7330 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)

LEAD8310 Communication in Leadership Positions (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.

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) *Positive Coaching Concentration Prerequisite: LEAD7140

Electives

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)

COUN8115 Human Growth and Development (4 credits)

This course provides an understanding of human growth and development over the life span including theoretical approaches. It emphasizes physiological, cognitive, social, emotional, personality, attachment-based, spiritual, and moral development from conception to death. Analysis of developmental models from a multicultural perspective adds depth to case conceptualization. (4+0)

COUN8145 Psychopathology and Appraisal (4 credits)

Students will examine psychopathology principles, professional literature, and current issues associated with assessing, diagnosing, planning treatment, and treating mental health symptoms and disorders. Students will critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in the diagnostic process. Students will learn to use the DSM-5 classifications, criteria required for diagnosis, and diagnostic issues associated with diverse populations to examine cases. (4+0)

COUN8150 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy (4 credits)

This course introduces theory and research related to culturally competent counseling, including multiculturalism, cross-culturalism, intersectionality, social justice, and advocacy. Students consider the characteristics 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 characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs on the counseling process. Students will examine their roles in promoting social justice at multiple levels and evaluate approaches for prevention of clinical mental health issues in a diverse society. (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)

MSE8220 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)

MSE8500 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)

SPP8150 Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (4 credits)

This course is designed to be both an introduction to psychophysiology and biofeedback and to its applications, particularly to sport and performance. The principles of psychophysiology, the biofeedback instruments used, the areas of application, the techniques commonly used in conjunction with biofeedback, the diverse field of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology, and the latest uses for optimal self-regulation will be covered. (4+0)

EdD Individual Studies Option

This option is designed to help people complete all of the 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 Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) must complete a 12-credit “culminating experience” consisting of one of three options:

  • Dissertation
  • Fieldwork and scholarly project
  • SPP practicum (*this option counts towards CMPC mentorship hours)

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)

COUN7245 Athletic Nutrition Planning and Supplements (4 credits)

This course is designed to prepare students for the certified sports nutritionist exam offered through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). It involves the detailed study of improving and supporting athletic performance through nutrition. How exercise influences dietary intake, digestion, absorption, energy metabolism, and storage of nutrients will be thoroughly discussed. Students will gain practical experience in supporting body composition and physique changes for specific sports/positions as well as performance optimization in endurance, power and speed applications. Nutrition principles and aspects such as meal timing, the use of sports supplements and ergogenic aids will be discussed in detail. The relationship of nutrition to circadian rhythms and sleep to support recovery will also be examined. (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)

COUN8115 Human Growth and Development (4 credits)

This course provides an understanding of human growth and development over the life span including theoretical approaches. It emphasizes physiological, cognitive, social, emotional, personality, attachment-based, spiritual, and moral development from conception to death. Analysis of developmental models from a multicultural perspective adds depth to case conceptualization. (4+0)

COUN8135 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, lifestyles, 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)

COUN8140 Addiction Counseling (4 credits)

This course focuses on the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviors (e.g. substances, gambling, gaming, etc.). Genetic, physiological, contextual, and psychological factors contributing to addiction and addiction risk are evaluated with emphasis on developing effective recovery and relapse prevention. Students learn to distinguish between substance use, substance-induced, substance intoxication, and withdrawal disorders. The course includes training on Motivational Interviewing techniques as well as systemic and culturally-sensitive approaches to treatment. (4+0)

COUN8145 Psychopathology and Appraisal (4 credits)

Students will examine psychopathology principles, professional literature, and current issues associated with assessing, diagnosing, planning treatment, and treating mental health symptoms and disorders. Students will critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in the diagnostic process. Students will learn to use the DSM-5 classifications, criteria required for diagnosis, and diagnostic issues associated with diverse populations to examine cases. (4+0)

COUN8150 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy (4 credits)

This course introduces theory and research related to culturally competent counseling, including multiculturalism, cross-culturalism, intersectionality, social justice, and advocacy. Students consider the characteristics 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 characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs on the counseling process. Students will examine their roles in promoting social justice at multiple levels and evaluate approaches for prevention of clinical mental health issues in a diverse society. (4+0)

COUN8155 Sport in 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)

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)

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) Prerequisite:  COUN8110

LEAD7330 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)

LEAD8310 Communications in Leadership Position (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 positive communication skills 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. (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. 

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) Prerequisite: LEAD7140

MSE8220 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)

MSE8500 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) 

MSE8540 Sports 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)

MSN7201 Fundamentals of Mind-Body Medicine and Psychology of Well-being (2 credits)

This is an overview of mind-body medicine — history and current practices. There will be a particular emphasis on the growing variety of evidence-based mindfulness practices, specifically Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and related approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion. We will approach mind-body medicine through a biopsychosocial lens, taking into account the context and culture of environment. We will also explore the impact of meaning and story on illness / wellness and how this can be brought into the therapeutic relationship through Narrative Medicine. This class includes a strong experiential component through instruction and practice in mindfulness and other mind-body practices. (2+0)

SPP8150 Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (4 credits)

This course is designed to be both an introduction to psychophysiology and biofeedback and to its applications, particularly to sport and performance. The principles of psychophysiology, the biofeedback instruments used, the areas of application, the techniques commonly used in conjunction with biofeedback, the diverse field of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology, and the latest uses for optimal self-regulation will be covered. (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)