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Athletic Leadership Certificate

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The athletic leadership program in Clemson University’s College of Education is moving forward to address the need of leadership development and ethical decision making in the intercollegiate athletic coaching and administrative community. The purpose of this certificate will be to provide aspiring coaches and administrators at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels an educational base for preparing individual coaching philosophy and ethical decision making. The certificate provides an educational base in areas of leadership, ethics and coaching development within the current landscape of athletics in educational settings.

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The Athletic Leadership Certificate affords students the opportunity to establish a foundation of knowledge in the areas of leadership, ethics, administrative responsibility and sport psychology. The program meets the needs of students who are also working professionals. All courses are offered in an online format and are designed around the time constraints and responsibilities of the intercollegiate coaching community. While the certificate program provides a great deal of flexibility to meet the need of the coaching profession, students are responsible for allocating sufficient time in their schedules to access course material, review lectures, study content materials and complete assignments.

  • Program Goals

    The Athletic Leadership certificate is designed to prepare coaches and administrators to build a philosophical foundation of leadership by equipping them with knowledge related to:

    • Leadership Theories
    • Student Athlete Development
    • Ethical Decision Making
    • Coaching Organization and Administration
    • Sport Psychology Techniques for Coaches
  • Admission Requirements

    Applying to the Program:
    The Athletic Leadership Certificate admits students for a fall, spring or summer entrance term.

    Apply by submitting a Graduate School application.

    Application Deadline:

    • November 15, to enroll in the spring semester
    • April 15, to enroll in the summer semester
    • June 30, to enroll in the fall semester

    Application Requirements:
    All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Application materials include:

    • Unofficial transcript(s) - official transcript(s) will be required upon acceptance
    • Current resume/vita
    • A brief personal statement about why you are interested in pursuing this certificate


  • Program Requirements

    The Athletic Leadership Certificate requires the completion of the four courses listed below. All courses are three credit hours and are taught asynchronously onlineCourses may be taken in any order.

    AL 8490 Leadership Development in Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    Investigation of leadership principles and theories as they relate to collegiate athletic coaching and the effect they have on the performance of the collegiate academic athlete. Collegiate coaching responsibilities and requirements for various levels of appointment are examined.

    AL 8610 Administration and Organization of Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    Investigates effective leadership principles and theories relative to the supervision and administrative responsibilities of intercollegiate athletics.

    AL 8620 Psychological Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

    Investigation and intervention of psychological issues that athletes, coaches and administrators face at the collegiate level.

    AL 8640 Ethical Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

    Investigation of current ethical issues and the promotion of positive character development in collegiate athletic programs.


  • Financial Information

    Tuition and Fees
    The Athletic Leadership Certificate is offered at our tier three online tuition rate - approximately $804 per credit/$925 per credit hour with fees. *

    Financial Aid
    For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

    * Tuition and fees are subject to change. The information provided on this webpage is only an approximation.

  • Find Out More

    For more information regarding the certificate or questions associated with applying to the certificate, please contact Ashley Vaughan at

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