UW Center for Leadership in Athletics

IAL Curriculum

The Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program is organized around three broad areas: (1) Leadership Development, (2) Impact of Sport on Society, and (3) Athletic Administration Skills. Cutting across these areas are six themes directly tied to issues and challenges facing intercollegiate athletics:

  • Role of Athletics within Higher Education
  • Enhancement of the Student-Athlete Experience
  • Creation and Maintenance of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Management of Organizational Change
  • Development of Intercollegiate Athletics Leaders
  • Use of Inquiry and Information in Leadership Decision-making

Guided by our national advisory board, the curriculum is a balanced representation of issues pertaining to different sports, different types of colleges/universities, different regions of the country, and students and leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Students must have at least 48 credits to graduate. Students take 18 credits during the in-person summer session and complete the remaining 30 credits during the traditional academic year. For more information on how coursework is distributed, please refer to the IAL program’s structure page.

Required Courses

Exploration of how to develop skills and strategies as emerging leaders for decision-making that enhances student-athlete opportunities and enriches the role of athletics within the educational experience.

Exploration of the moral implications of athletics within the context of colleges’ and universities’ educational missions and the purposes of higher education.

Discussion of the legal implications of university operations and the legal and constitutional rights of students, faculty, and staff within the university, with a special focus on athletics-specific legal issues.

An introduction to issues pertaining to student-athlete wellness and welfare through a lens of equity and access, with a specific focus given to elements of identity, including race, gender, class, sexuality, and community.

The role of accounting and budgeting within athletic departments, with a focus on budget and financial management skills central to fiscal responsibility within public and private institutions.

Exploring current trends and issues in education and youth sports that impact the pipeline to collegiate athletics.

An introduction to the role and use of information in the context of sport, including discussions of what is generic or unique to athletics in terms of use of information resources, services, processes, and systems.

Examination of the moral challenges facing leaders in intercollegiate athletics, exploring the values and virtues important to sustained ethical leadership.

Overview of internal operation functional areas of the athletic department including academic advising, student development, compliance, and team operations.

Elective Courses

Exploration of the core practices of Ambitious Coaching, focus on basic coaching strategies to promote athlete wellness and elicit peak athletic performance.

An overview of the external functional areas of the athletic department including marketing and communications, fundraising and development, ticketing, and events and facilities management.

Development of a student-centered training program that maximizes athletic performance and enhances student wellness and mental health.

Examining methods of assessment and evaluation with a focus on strategic planning and decision-making, accountability systems and assessment-driven decision-making within athletics and higher education.

A continuation of EDLPS 507, focused on advanced coaching techniques and strategies central to effective coaching.

Overview of internal operation functional areas of the athletic department including academic advising, student development, compliance, and team operations.

Focus on understanding student development theory and how it relates to providing a holistic and healthy experience for student-athletes.

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