Add a Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration

The interscholastic athletic/activities administration certificate provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to focus a segment of their studies on extracurricular activities at the interscholastic level. Combining experiential learning and networking opportunities with academic coursework, students will be prepared to enter a school district prepared and confident to succeed in athletic/activities administration roles. 

In February 2015, the Iowa State Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE) made a rule change to Iowa Code 282-22.8 (272), allowing individuals who do not have a teaching degree to become authorized athletics/activities administrators. Individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the sport management area, with a focus on athletics/activities administration, are now able to hold an acting role within schools across the state of Iowa. 

Requirements and program planning

The certificate requires completion of 21 semester hours.

Students completing the certificate in conjunction with the BS in sport and recreation management may not count more than 6 semester hours earned from their major area of study toward the certificate. The only exception is for those pairing this with the coaching and sport instruction concentration area, which is recommended.

Requirements and program planning

  • Activities and Athletics Administration (SRM:3148), 3 semester hours
  • Ethics in Sport (SRM:3700), 3 semester hours
  • Sport Law for Interscholastic AD (SRM:3800), 3 semester hours
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics (EPLS:4200), 3 semester hours

  • Interscholastic Athletic Admin Field Experience (SRM:4196), 3 semester hours
    • Must be with an athletic administrator
    • SRM:3148 is a recommended pre-requisite

Choose two courses from the following:

  • The Experience Economy (SRM:2065)
  • Nutrition in Health and Performance (SRM:3020/INTD:3027)
  • Sport Event Management (SRM:3147)
  • Coaching Theory, Body Struc & Human Development (SRM:3149)*
  • Design and Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities (SRM:3152)
  • Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries (SRM:3155)*
  • Sport and Recreation Promotion (SRM:3158)
  • Sports Analytics (SRM:3176)
  • Communications and Public Relations in Sports (SRM:3178)
  • Parent-Child Relationships (EDTL:3114)
  • Characteristics of Disabilities (EDTL:4940)
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher (EPLS:4180)
  • Foundations of Leadership (EPLS:6201)
  • Educational Psychology and Measurement (PSQF:1075)
  • Program Evaluation (PSQF:1156)
  • Parent-Teacher Communication (PSQF:4134/EDTL:4934)
  • Organizational Leadership (COMM:1819)
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity (HHP:2500)
  • Communication and Public Relations (JMC:2200)
  • Social Media and Online Communication (JMC:5420)
*These courses are strongly recommended for students pursuing the certificate. The BoEE requires an applicant for the Interscholastic Administration Authorization to have a coaching authorization or endorsement. Upon completion, this combination of courses allows students to apply for State of Iowa coaching authorization.


For more information or to start planning certificate completion, contact lecturer Mike Winker or Anna Jensen, Director of the Office of Field Experience in Sport and Recreation Management.