Sport and Athletic Management

Apply Ethics and Values to All Aspects of Sport and Athletic Management

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a six percent employment growth for sports coaches between 2014 and 2024, which will add 14,800 new positions. The sports management specialization is designed to enhance leadership skills, strengthen teaching and administrative abilities, and apply ethics and values to all aspects of athletics. The specialization is for professional educators interested in PK-12 and collegiate athletic administration and offers a professional development opportunity for those already serving as coaches and athletic administrators by advancing their knowledge and skills in the field. Courses focus on leadership, legal issues in athletics, financial analysis, marketing, sports governance, events and facilities management, and ethics. Throughout the program, you will learn through a combination of science-based academics, research methods and real life experiences with an emphasis on the financial, legal, political and marketing aspects of the PK-12 and collegiate athletic environment. You can complete the specialization with a deep understanding of compliance, Title IX, legal issues and advisement programs for the student athlete. Under the one-to-one mentorship of your doctoral professors, you can explore practical and successful administrative strategies and examine the facets of administering an athletic program. Courses in the sports management specialization have a contemporary focus and address current problems and opportunities.

The NCU Difference

At Northcentral University, we understand that today's educators and administrators face new challenges every day and must commit to the lifelong pursuit of learning to keep up with the ever-changing educational landscape. NCU’s School of Education helps prepare students to meet these challenges by providing stimulating, relevant and career-focused bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degree programs in education. We are committed to providing a premier education for our students, and NCU holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC*). You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“NCU was extremely flexible and allowed me to do this work, and this lifelong goal, on my pace. The flexibility and the online environment [were] the most beautiful parts. I could fit it around my busy life.” – Terese Mary Longstein, Doctor of Education (2016)

*WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
EDD 54 18 40 months View Course Catalog
EdS 33 11 18 months View Course Catalog
MED 30 10 15 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 9 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of educational theories, research, and diverse instructional practices.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions addressing current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Conduct educational research that contributes to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes

  • Develop leadership skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Analyze educational theories and research supporting diverse instructional practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

Education Specialist Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups.
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.

Master of Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine educational issues to make informed, ethical decisions and recommendations in diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Apply professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educational diverse groups.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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