Certificate programs for professionals.

Staying up to date in sports is a constant challenge. Athletic professionals have to be flexible, versatile and continue to grow in order to keep their edge. Our certificate programs can help you stay abreast of the latest in your profession and take the next step in your athletic career.

By pursuing a certificate, you can develop a deeper understanding of your sports profession and hone critical skills necessary in the fast paced world of sports.

The Academy’s certificate programs can help you gain knowledge in key athletic areas while demonstrating dedication and professional commitment. Our online certificate programs feature:

  • Rolling Enrollment to allow students to start courses at any point over the year.
  • Self-Paced courses that make it easier to fit your education into your busy life.
  • Curriculum created by faculty with real-world experience in sports and athletics.

You can take a certificate program online, completing course work when it is convenient for you. Take the next step today and register or request additional information below.

Sports Management

Sports Management Certificate courses are designed to help students become specialists in the various areas of sports management. The following Sports Management Certificates, along with the required course for each certificate area, are available:

A study of the nature, content and application of public relations in sport programs as related to educational institutions, organizations and associations.
Introduces students to the fundamental tenets of the law and familiarizes them with the legal structure and accompanying terminology.
A study of sport marketing principles and the elements of the marketing mix. Selected topics include advertising, promotions, pricing, sponsorships, licensing, and market segmentation.
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Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching Certificate courses will help students expand their specializations in sports coaching. The following Sports Coaching Certificates, along with the required courses, are available:

Designed to teach coaches how to apply scientific principles to sports coaching.
The study of human behavior in sport and exercise settings. Designed to provide students with the latest research on the theories of individual personality and motivational behaviors in sports participation.
Designed to provide students with a theoretical base for teaching sport and sport skills with practical application. Includes the development of a coaching philosophy with an emphasis upon ethics in coaching. Also, a review of the impact of contemporary trends and issues on coaching is presented.
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Sports Security Management

Sports Security Management courses are designed for students interested in specialized work in the area of sports security management. The following Sports Security Management Certificates, along with the required course for each certificate area, are available:

This course examines the concepts, principles and methods of organizing and administering security management and loss-prevention activities in industry, business, government and sport venues. Emphasis is on protection of assets, personnel and facilities.
In this course students examine principles and issues in security management as well as the challenges, concepts, strategies and skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities. Focus is on leadership in management, personnel management, security planning and evaluation, communication and best practices.

This course examines theories, components, systems, and strategies in contemporary disaster and emergency management. Students examine:

  1. The historical, administrative, institutional, and organizational framework of disaster and emergency management in the United States;
  2. The role of the federal, state, and local governments in disasters;
  3. The role of nongovernmental organizations in emergency management;
  4. The role of land use regulation, the media, crisis communication, insurance, and citizen participation;
  5. The social and economic costs of disasters; and
  6. The management of natural and man-made disasters.
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Collegiate Compliance

Collegiate Compliance Certificate courses are specifically designed to provide information on collegiate compliance. The following courses provide compliance information for sport managers and coaches:

Designed to give students a working knowledge of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance issues. An overview of NCAA rules, by-laws, eligibility, practices and procedures is presented.
An overview of how the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) functions. The course examines and analyzes the by-laws, policies, and procedures of the NCAA. Specific cases are presented.
Designed to help students aspiring to work with elite athletes. A thorough overview of the sport agency profession is provided.
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