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2015-2016 Van Loan Catalog 
2015-2016 Van Loan Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Administration (Master of Education)

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The Master of Education in Athletic Administration is a 36-credit program for students interested in careers within educational institutions, including secondary schools, colleges and universities; both non-profit and profit-oriented organizations that that offer sport fitness, and wellness services; government agencies such as city recreation departments, state parks, and recreation departments; and sport governing bodies at the state, national and international levels.

This program is based on the belief that learning leads to change, and individuals with the ability to learn and evolve continuously will be successful as leaders or managers in the dynamic environment of the sport industry. In addition to the focus study of athletic administration at the secondary, college and recreational levels, the curriculum will provide students with an in-depth look at the diverse and expanding practice of sport administration in an international context.

The program of study addresses the knowledge and skills in the philosophies of sport as well as all aspects of athletic administration.  Besides completing the core courses, the MAA program allows students to select their own specialization track in accordance with their area(s) of interest.  This makes it possible for students to create a degree that is focused toward their specific motivation. 

Graduates can seek leadership positions in the following areas: secondary sport, college sport, recreational sport, sport marketing, event management, facility management - both home and abroad.

The Athletic Administration Program has been awarded Maximum Accreditation (7 years) by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will:

• Investigate the interrelationship between sport, culture, and society through an athletic administrator’s lens
• Interpret and analyze the role and responsibilities of human resources, finance, governance, compliance, risk management, operations, technology, and the management, planning, organization, and administration of interscholastic and intercollegiate competition; and recreational athletics.
• Distinguish between key aspects of various athletic administration settings and how an effective manager approaches decision making in these dynamic environments
• Examine the history, philosophy and structure of the Olympic movement as both an origin and a product of the history of sport and human condition
• Examine the psychological factors that are most critical to athletic performance(s)

These courses have been aligned to meet the accreditation standards for COSMA.

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