Sports Management

Master of Education

Athletic administration and coaching are both growing professional disciplines. The Sports Management specialization is designed to enhance your leadership skills, strengthen your teaching and administrative abilities and help you apply ethics and values in the direction of an athletic program. You will explore practical and successful administrative strategies, and examine all facets of administering an athletic program, such as leadership, legal aspects, financial analysis, marketing, sports governance, events and facilities management and ethics. Courses will have a contemporary focus and address current problems and opportunities related to the context area.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor. Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

Course Sequence

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

ED5022/ED5022-8

Educational Policy and Practice

This Masters level course focuses on research and theory in developing effective schools. Topics include: aligning contemporary educational practice with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, collaboration, communication, decision-making, and conflict management. Current educational trends will be addressed to promote the establishment of effective educational climates for teaching and learning.

Specialization Course 1

ED5001/ED5001-8

Contemporary Issues in Education

This course examines the major contemporary issues impacting education. Students evaluate the issues, attempt solutions, and develop personal professional positions. In a broader context, the education profession is affected by numerous and diverse issues that are highly political, emotional, and complex. It is imperative that students understand the issues; the effects the issues have on the profession, as well as formulating a personal response to the issues.

ED5034/ED5034-8

School and Community Relations

This course introduces educators to essential competencies and considerations needed to build and sustain positive, productive relationships with members of school communities and the external communities in which schools reside. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication policies and practices to instill public confidence in community schools, improve school quality, and improve student learning.

Specialization Course 2

ED5023/ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

The effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior are complex and powerful. What is diversity and what are the goals in achieving a more diverse society? This course examines the educational community's thinking on race, language, culture, gender and disability in the educational setting.

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4

ED6002/ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

Foundation Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

Specialization Courses - 24 credit hours, 4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

SM5000-8

Leadership and Administration of Athletic Programs

In this course, students will explore the methods, principles, and decision-making responsibilities of a school athletic administrator. Through readings, interactive discussions, and independent activities, students will have the opportunity to equip themselves with skills in leadership, management, communication, and curriculum development, and they will apply these skills by taking on the role of a school athletic director and tackling some of the problems involved in the development and supervision of school athletic programs and events.

SM5002-8

Legal Aspects in Athletics

In this course, students will develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness of the law and how legal precedence relates to interscholastic sport settings. Students will discuss, explore, analyze, and create solutions to specific dilemmas found in athletics at the high school level. An emphasis will be placed on current events and practical applications.

SM5004-8

Ethics in Sports

The purpose of this Master’s level course is to promote critical examination of ethical issues and moral dilemmas that are inherently found within interscholastic sports settings. Students will explore, research, and analyze ethics and morality in interscholastic sports settings. A series of written assignments will provide reflective opportunities for learners to develop self-awareness and knowledge of how to become character driven, effective leaders. Students will develop an understanding of character based educational athletics and will be challenged to examine personal philosophies, clarify values, and refine moral reasoning skills relative to interscholastic athletics administration.

SM5006-8

Sports Governance and Policy Development

This Master’s level course introduces the concepts related to the governance and policy development of interscholastic athletic programs. The roles of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), the state athletic/activity associations, and federal/state guidelines will be examined. Local board of education governance and the structure of local athletic programs will be reviewed. The course will also touch upon sample athletic program philosophies and departmental organizational structure and procedures.

SM5008-8

Event and Facility Management and Programming

In this course, students will explore the principles, responsibilities, and issues involved with the management of athletic facilities. Activities include personnel and risk management, merchandising, quality assurance, and issues affecting the community. Additional components include environmental issues, and factors in operating facilities and sporting events.

SM5010-8

Marketing in Athletics

how the dynamics of marketing and consumer behavior apply to sports organizations is essential for those who desire to become professionals within interscholastic athletics. Beginning with an overview of basic marketing theories and concepts, Students will gain insight into the ethics of sport marketing, fundraising, and sponsorship while analyzing leagues, teams, and events. Students will apply this insight by developing a marketing plan for an athletic program.

SM5012-8

Issues in Athletic Administration

In this course, students will learn the role of contemporary issues in athletic administration and how these issues affect those who desire to become professionals within interscholastic athletic administration. This course provides a basic overview of sociology and sports, including an analysis of sports' impact on society, society's impact on sports, and the governance of sports programs.

SM5014-8

Financial Administration of Sports Facilities and Programs

In this course, students are presented with basic financial principles and concepts in interscholastic athletic programs. Course activities include marketing, revenue management, documentation and technological practices, and strategies for long-range planning. Course mastery is demonstrated by developing a fundraising plan as a sports administrator.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $576
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,728
  • Program cost: $17,280
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

 The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013 – June 24, 2018.This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. To view the Summary of the Case that has been posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members).