SPP Graduate Certificates

For those interested in completing specialized graduate level coursework, our online graduate certificate programs may be for you. These programs are designed for people who want to further their education or are pursuing a graduate level certificate.

All certificate programs are 100 percent online. They include four to six courses offered over two to three quarters, to allow completion in under a year. Certificate programs consist of courses within our master’s and doctoral degree programs. Upon completion, participants may choose to finish the remaining coursework to earn a master’s or doctor of education degree at UWS.

Format: online
Length: 6-9 months
Credits: 16-24 quarter credits
Tuition: $395 per credit | $405 beginning July 1

We offer the following certificate programs:

Applied Sport Psychology

Our curriculum was designed specifically to meet your coursework needs to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). In order to give you the cutting edge information and help you build contacts in the field, you will learn from CC-AASP faculty and business owners who have experience practicing sport and performance psychology on a daily basis.


Students take a total of six courses or 24 credits to complete the program. If you have already completed a course that fulfills an AASP requirement, then you may request to take a different elective course within our program. For example, if you have already taken sport psychology, you will not retake the same course.

applied sport psych
*24 quarter credits equivalent to 16 semester credits.

24 total quarter credits | 6 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.

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.

COUN7415 Applied Sport Psychology: 4 Credits
This course integrates and synthesizes the theoretical concepts of sport & 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.

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.

ELECTIVES (choose 1-3 courses)

COUN6536 Foundations of Counseling: 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.

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.

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.

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.

COUN7525 Life Planning and Career Development: 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.

COUN8100 Skill Acquisition and Human Performance: 4 Credits
This course examines the acquisition of skills and human performance from the perspectives of motor learning, cognitive learning, and affective learning. Students are allowed to select sports coaching readings from a preselected reading list in order to complete a series of reports. These sports coaching readings will consist of topics such as leadership, communication, management, skill acquisition, and risk management. The focus of this course is to enhance the student’s knowledge concerning the profession of sports coaching.

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.

COUN8520 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 credits)
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.

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.

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.

MSE6220 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).

MSE8215Sports 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. *Prerequisite: Exercise Physiology

SPP7400 Sports in American Society: 4 Credits
This course will examine the influence of the social context on sport. Attention 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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  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 consulting in sport psychology
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in sport and performance contexts that will lead to improved performance and satisfaction
  4. Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, counseling and sport psychology practice
  5. Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve health, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness

8 AASP Knowledge Competency Areas

  1. Sport Psychology Professional Ethics and Standards
  2. Sport Psychology
  3. Sport Science (Physiological Bases of Sport, Historical/Social/Motor Bases of Sport)
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Helping Relationships (Counseling Skills)
  6. Statistics and Research Methods
  7. Psychological Foundations (previously C9-C12)
  8. Diversity and Culture

Sports Nutrition

The graduate sports nutrition certificate consists of four courses designed specifically to prepare students to become a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The CISSN is recognized as the premier certification backed by evidence-informed research in the field of sports nutrition and supplementation. By completing this program, you will learn how to improve and support athletic performance. Students will gain practical experience on how to support body composition and physique changes for specific sports and/or positions as well as how to optimize performance for endurance, power and speed applications.


Order of courses below may change.

sports nutrition

*16 quarter credits equivalent to 11 semester credits.

MSN6101 Evidence-Based Nutrition (3 credits)
This course provides core knowledge in evidence-based nutrition with a focus on the role of nutrition in health optimization and disease treatment. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the practical application of various nutrients and dietary strategies used in clinical practice. Discussions will also incorporate the three components of evidence-based health care (clinical expertise, patient preference, research evidence) into the decision-making and data-analysis process. (33 hours)

MSN6305 Whole Food Nutrition and Supplementation (4 credits)
This course covers concepts and evidence related to nutritional therapy, public health nutrition policy, whole foods and processed foods, food groups, dietary patterns, nutrient content of foods, organic and conventional foods, and various controversies in the field of nutrition. Evidence on nutritional prevention and treatment of major diseases is emphasized. Dietary guidelines, meal planning, and regulation and quality control in the dietary supplement industry are also discussed. (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)

SPP7245 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)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate current research related to sports nutrition, wellness, and selected dietary patterns
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of macronutrient digestion, absorption, and transport under normal and exercising conditions
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and quality control issues in sports nutrition and the dietary supplement industry
  4. Demonstrate the ability to assist with the development of specific nutrition plans designed to maximize sport performance and overall wellness.
  5. Identify and describe applications of dietary supplements to improve health and performance

Positive Leadership and Administration

Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive sport environments and in the workplace. It is intended to help leaders and their teams or organizations succeed through a gained understanding of human motivations and behaviors (emphasizing strengths rather than limitations) and how to apply that understanding to achieve extraordinary results in long-term motivation, team and business functional effectiveness, effective work processes, and organizational design and/or structure that leads to optimal performance. Coursework within this certificate can also be taken within our other online degrees.


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*24 quarter credits equivalent to 16 semester credits.

24 total quarter credits  |  6 courses

Positive Leadership in Sport (4 credits)
A Positive Leadership philosophy requires Positive Leadership delivery. 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.

Positive Psychology in Business Leadership (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; teaching and modeling the process of success; leading a group of individuals to becoming a highly effective team; communicating with followers as we would wish to be communicated with; how to respect and protect the self-worth of others; how to be demanding without being demeaning; 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.

Leadership/Management in Sports and Athletics (4 credits)
An examination of the human dynamics in sport organizations and how athletic directors, sport leaders, and human resource management can affect sport organizational effectiveness. Emphasis will be given to positive leadership and management practices and how leadership theory can explain the evolution of a strong mission, strategic plan, and the cultivation of human resources. The course will also examine differences in administration for different sports settings such as youth, high school, collegiate, and others.

Communications in Sports: (4 credits)
This course examines sport communications from many perspectives and provides students with an awareness of the profession, its role in the industry, and an examination of the positive communication skills it takes to succeed. Topics covered include the role of print media and electronic media (e.g., radio, television and the Internet) in increasing the prominence of college and professional sport. Students will learn about the roles of media planners, producers, sports information directors, sports journalists, etc. that are involved in the propagation of commercialized sport.

Sports Facilities and Event Planning: (4 credits)
This course examines the sport facility life-cycle concepts of strategic planning, design-development, construction delivery systems, financing, and operations. Students will discuss the development of a case statement and request for proposal for various sport facilities including: a private sports club, an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or professional sport programs, or a recreational enterprise.

Financial Issues in Sports and Athletic Administration (4 credits)
This course integrates the theories of finance, economics and accounting in various sport business industry segments. Students will study the diverse forms of sport ownership, taxation, financial analysis, feasibility and economic impact statements. Advanced topics include organizational budgets, financial strategies, and labor economics. Students will examine financials documents of professional sport franchises, collegiate sport programs, and past Olympiads.

Legal Issues in Sports (4 credits)
This course surveys the various applications of contract, tort, intellectual property, constitutional, and administrative laws to the growing and complex field of sport management with a perspective toward risk management (including issues of discrimination with regard to race, sex, and disability), contract negotiation, product liability, professional and collegiate leagues, and marketing; and design and develop strategies for limiting liability.

Marketing Principles in Sports and Athletics: (4 credits)
Students will explore the science of the marketing mix as product, place, promotion, public relations, and price to understand the marketing of sport as a unique enterprise. The relationship between sport and consumer behavior will be examined. In addition, this course aims to examine the use of athletes and sports as powerful selling tools for non-sport products and services. Students will also develop their own marketing plan in the sport industry segment of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to sport psychology, positive leadership and administration.
  2. Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with positive leadership and administration practice and consulting in sport psychology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in positive leadership and administration and performance contexts.
  4. Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, positive leadership and administration practice.
  5. Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve leadership, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness.