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Physical Education School and Public Health

Master of Science in Athletic Administration

When: Next Masters Cohort Begins Summer 2012 (June 25-July 6, 2012)

How Long : Approximately 2 years (46 credits)

Introduction:
Central Washington University is excited to offer a Master of Science in Athletic Administration. This master's program prepares aspiring and practicing athletic administrators for successful careers in Athletic Administration by providing knowledge, understanding, and the application of successful leadership and management strategies, processes, and skills. The program consists of 46 credits—34 online credits and 12 on-campus credits. The on-campus credits are earned in 2-week sessions during two consecutive summers on the Ellensburg campus.

Central Washington University's (CWU) College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is recognized nationwide for successful training of graduate students in educational administration, psychology, and counseling. CWU graduate students successfully attain positions in education as administrators, school psychologists, and counselors. Housed in CEPS, the Department of Physical Education, School and Public Health (PESPH) directs the Athletic Administration Master's Program with its knowledgeable professors who have considerable experience in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics as athletic directors, advisors, mentors, and coaches. Tenure-track faculty, experienced in teaching, are aware of the need for the practical application of skills and the knowledge and understanding necessary for successful leadership in athletics. The opportunity for a degree in athletic administration comes at a time when the need for competent and knowledgeable athletic administrators is on the rise. In today's fast-paced world of athletic administration, beginning athletic administrators have little time to engage in "on-the-job" training. They must be ready to set program direction, establish open communication and professional relationships, apply problem-solving strategies, and address budgetary and other program issues, all while managing an efficient and people-friendly program. Our master's program prepares new and practicing athletic administrators to be capable leaders and managers who work efficiently and effectively.

Athletic Administration Master's Program Cohort
As a member of a CWU Athletic Administration cohort, you will become a more efficient student and a more effective professional colleague through completion of the coursework. Your understanding and application of the strategies and processes of athletic administration will grow with each quarter of participation while you establish a network of professional relationships you will rely on when you become a practicing athletic administrator. Research in higher education has shown that professional groups, i.e. cohorts, projects, and workshops, engage students and provide highly interactive and effectual learning environments. 
 

Format:

  • On-Campus Coursework
    1. Summer 2012, 2 courses, 6 credits:
      1. Technology in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Program = 3 credits
      2. Issues in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Programs = 3 credits
    2. Summer 2013, 2 courses, 6 credits:
      1. Interscholastic Finance--Budgeting and Fundraising = 3 credits
      2. Mentoring of Coaches and Athletes = 3 credits
  • Online Coursework
    1. 2012-13 - Fall, Winter, and Spring = 20 credits
    2. 2013-14 - Fall, Winter, and Spring = 14 credits

Content
The Athletic Administration Masters Program is focused on the development of skills and knowledge related to the administration of athletics in public and private school and college settings. It is designed for individuals who coach or are interested in exploring possibilities for becoming athletic directors. The program expands on topics included in the instructional curriculum of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Opportunities exist to gain additional NIAAA certification as part of this program.
 

Course #

Course Title

Credits

HPE 510

Issues in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Programs

3

HPE 546

Advanced Administration of Athletics

3

HPE 547

Healthy Living for Athletes, Coaches, and Athletic Administrators

3

HPE 557

Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, and Sports Programs

4

HPE 560

Statistical Applications in Health, Physical, Education, and Sports Programs

4

HPE 570

Legal Liability and Risk Management

3

HPE 581

Technology Applications in Health, Physical Education, and Sport Programs

3

HPE 583

Leadership and Decision-Making in Interscholastic Sports

3

HPE 584

Mentoring of Coaches and Athletes

3

HPE 585

Operation of Public School Sports Facilities

3

HPE 586

Interscholastic Athletic Fundraising and Budgeting

3

HPE 587

Governing Organizations in Sports & Athletics

2

HPE 590

Cooperative Education

3

HPE 700

Culminating Project

6

Central Washington University - Athletic Administration Faculty:

Dr. Rick Unruh, Assistant Professor of Athletic Administration

Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • High School and College Athlete (football)
  • High School English Teacher and Football Coach
  • High School Athletic Director
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Events Manager
  • Supervisor of Administrative Interns and K-12 Student Teachers
  • Professor of School Law and Curriculum


Dr. Pete Van Mullem, Assistant Professor of Athletic Administration Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • Assistant Collegiate Athletic Director
  • High School and Collegiate Basketball Coach
  • Graduate Sport Management Program Coordinator
  • Professor of Recreation and Sport Management
  • Executive Director, Win the Tip Basketball Coaches Network
  • Certified Instructor for NAIA "Champions of Character" Program


Intramural Director

Dr. Ken Briggs, Department Chair and Professor of Physical Education, School and Public Health Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • Coordinator of Drug Education for CWU Athletic Department
  • Director of Health Education
  • Director of CWU Wellness Hour
  • Advisor of Graduate Thesis/Project Work
  • Junior High School Coach
  • Junior High Biology and PE, Health Teacher


Dr. Steve Jefferies, Professor of Physical Education

Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • Leadership Training Clinician
  • High School PE Teacher and Coach
  • President, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)


Dr. Kirk Mathias, Professor of Physical Education and Director of PESPH Graduate Studies

Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • K-12 Physical Education teacher
  • Club Soccer Coach U6-U19
  • High School Soccer and Basketball Coach
  • Co-Director College Intramural
  • Director of PESPH Program
  • Collegiate Soccer Coach


Dr. Heidi Henschel Pellett, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education and School Health

Current and past teaching, coaching, advising, and administrative experiences:

  • High School and College Athlete (tennis)
  • High School and Junior High School Track Coach
  • K-9 Physical Education Teacher
  • Coordinator of Undergraduate Physical Education
  • Coordinator of Graduate Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education
  • Supervisor of Student Teachers
  • Chair of Graduate Thesis

Additional Program Information:

Summer Sessions:
Each CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration (AA) cohort will participate in two on-campus, two-week summer sessions. The first session (during the cohort's first summer) will be the initial experience of the AA cohort. As such, it will give each cohort member the opportunity to meet and work with other cohort members and get up to speed using technology applicable to the master's program and the practicing athletic director. The second summer session (during the cohort's second summer) will provide each cohort member with the opportunity to solidify professional relationships, prepare for the cooperative experience, and begin the culminating project.

Cooperating Education:
Each student will complete a one-quarter "cooperating experience" with a practicing professional in athletic administration. The "experience" can take place at a variety of athletic-related programs, i.e. high school and intercollegiate athletic administration, state or national athletic-governing associations or professional associations, private or public recreational facilities or departments, or professional sports organizations. Each "experience" will include a substantive professional project that addresses a current need or problem within the participating organization.

Culminating Project:
Students are encouraged to apply the research process (previously learned in formation) to the creation of an applicable product that could be used in an Athletic Administration setting. More information available upon request.

Professional Certification:
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) administrative certification as a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) is available to master's degree candidates upon completion of the CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration. Cost: Contact the CWU Admissions Office http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/.

Application:
Apply directly to CWU Graduate School via their web site http://www.cwu.edu/masters/. Application review will begin March 2, 2012. There is limited enrollment. Apply early!

Questions: Please contact Dr. Rick Unruh (unruhr@cwu.edu or 509-963-1929) if you are interested in learning more about this degree or have questions. Be sure to check back to CWU's PESPH Department web site for updates.