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Master of Science in Leadership
Degree Programs > Master of Science in Leadership Concentration Options > Athletic Administration

Athletic Administration             

   

Becoming a champion in any sport, at any level of competition, takes highly effective and strategic leadership. In the demanding field of interscholastic athletic programs, winning truly begins off the field, with a strong athletic director and a team of administrators who carefully craft and develop successful sports programs within the school and the community.

CONCENTRATION FOCUS

The Athletic Administration Concentration of the Master of Science in Leadership program will empower students with in-depth knowledge, leadership, and management skills necessary to demonstrate and maintain accountability for professional standards, practices and ethics in interscholastic athletics. This concentration is offered in partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

CONCENTRATION GOALS

  • To empower professional athletic administrators to enhance the daily operations of athletics departments and deliver athletic programs that best serve students, schools, and communities
  • To prepare responsible athletic administrators to consider all aspects of liability related to athletic performance and maintain a strategic plan for managing risk and maintaining safety, equity, and integrity in the context of interscholastic athletic programs
  • To equip athletic administrators to secure, maintain and manage safe, resilient and attractive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and equipment that is readily available to students for athletic preparation and interscholastic competitive events

WHO SHOULD PURSUE THIS CONCENTRATION?

  • Individuals currently serving in an athletic administration role or wishing to secure such a role
  • Non-teaching athletic coaches who desire to fulfill employment and education requirements for public school coaching positions
  • Individuals who wish to pursue the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA) Certified CAA OR  RA Athletic Administrator certification

CAREER IMPACT OF THIS CONCENTRATION

The tri–state area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio is home to 1,739 middle schools and 1,837 high schools. Together these institutions field an estimated 35,000 athletic teams that serve almost 750,000 students. The safety, health and proper athletic development of these students is entrusted to the dedicated athletic administrators and coaches that serve in area schools.

In order to ensure that these professionals have the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to lead and serve youth on and off the field, the Indiana High School Athletic Association mandates that all coaches, particularly non-teaching coaches, fulfill specific educational requirements that focus on effective management of relationships, strategies, and facilities in the athletic community (IHSAA, 2011). The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP) all offer short courses for continuing education credits (CEU's) to coaches wishing to fulfill these requirements (IHSAA, 2011), but none are worth college credit as structured.

Further, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association strongly suggests that administrators within the athletic environment have skills that go beyond coaching to providing leadership, guidance and support to coaches, parents, students, faculty, and community members so that together they can build and maintain quality athletic programs for youth (NIAAA, 2010). In order to do so, NIAAA provides a menu of management and leadership short courses (incorporating and extending the required education described above) for CEU's through its Leadership Training Institute that are available to athletic administrators and coaches who attend annual NIAAA events. The challenge to local athletic directors and coaches is that these courses are only available sporadically at locations around the country, thus becoming cost and time prohibitive to those who desire to pursue ongoing professional development or Certified Athletic Administrator ranking.

The need for this learning opportunity spans beyond the tri-state area, to any athletic administration or coaching professional who wishes to pursue advanced athletic administration knowledge and skills. Because the concentration is structured for delivery both as part of the Master of Science in Leadership and as a stand-alone certificate program, individuals who wish to increase their employment ranking in public or private schools can pursue the MSL, while those who just desire the advanced content-area knowledge and CAA certification can pursue the graduate certificate.

Trine joins NIAAA and seven partner institutions to utilize the content of these courses as part of its graduate offerings for Athletic Administrators. This concentration will a) extend the content of NIAAA course modules through higher-level thinking and learning activities and b) enable students to receive college credit for their mastery of the content (NIAAA, 2011).

The domain content courses each incorporate four NIAAA short courses as the primary content. Content will be augmented with trade publication and academic journal articles, a minimum of two intermediate-length (2-4 page) written analysis assignments, a culminating (5-10 page) application assignment, a content quiz, a content discussion forum, and a case- or problem-based learning discussion forum. The Capstone course will incorporate one NIAA short course and consist of a comprehensive project that incorporates athletic administration and leadership skills, and knowledge.

CONCENTRATION COURSEWORK (15 Credit Hours)

LDR 6703 Foundations of Athletic Administration (3)
This course will present a philosophy of the leadership and organization of interscholastic athletic programs, principles, strategies and methods of athletic administration, frameworks to identify and unify the athletic community through character-based standards, and best practices in fundraising, marketing, and promotion of athletic programs and events.

Incorporates NIAAA Short Courses: LTC 501, 502, 611, 720

Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses - LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243 OR admission to Concentration

LDR 6723 Legal and Ethical issues in Athletic Administration (3)

This course will guide students in utilizing institutional and established legal guidelines to consider all aspects of liability related to athletic performance, and creating and maintaining a strategic plan for managing risk and maintaining safety, equity, and integrity in the context of interscholastic athletic programs.

Incorporates NIAAA Short Courses: LTC 504, 506, 508, 617

Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses - LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243 OR admission to Concentration

LDR 6743 Athletic Facility and Event Management (3)
This course presents opportunities for students to analyze best practices and challenges to securing, maintaining, and managing safe, resilient, and attractive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and equipment that is readily available to students for athletic preparation and interscholastic competitive events.

Incorporates NIAAA Short Courses: LTC 615, 616, 618, 630

Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses - LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243 OR admission to Concentration

LDR 6766 Athletic Administration Capstone Course (6)
This course is the capstone course for all students in the Athletic Administration Concentration. The capstone is a special project conducted within an existing athletic setting. It may be arranged within the organization in which the student is employed or in another organization which agrees to work with the student on a project of mutual interest. The capstone experience affords each student an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge, and abilities gained through the leadership core and concentration-area content courses in a process that will generate a solution(s) to or facilitate substantive consideration of a current interscholastic athletic need or issue.

Incorporates NIAAA Short Courses: LTC 710A - Current Issues in American Sports

Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses - LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243; Athletic Administration applied skills courses - LDR 6703, LDR 6723; co-requisite LDR 6743

 

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