The Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration provides undergraduate students an opportunity to focus a segment of their studies on extracurricular activities at the interscholastic level. The program provides experiential learning and networking prospects along with academic course work.

The world of interscholastic athletics has become increasingly competitive and commercialized. The certificate will aid marketability for students as they enter the job market. Students will be prepared to enter a school district with preparation to succeed in athletic/activities administration roles.

Completion of the certificate encourages these student outcomes:

the capability to summarize the history of the position and the development of interscholastic athletics;

the ability to utilize management techniques to develop and maintain facilities, to plan and oversee financially sustainable events, to transfer practical experience into improved employment opportunities, to carry out effective and appropriate marketing, communication, and fundraising campaigns;

the proficiency to recognize and establish liability protections in programming; and

the facility to formulate effective program and coach assessment/evaluation.

The Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration requires a minimum of 21 s.h. The certificate may be earned by any undergraduate student admitted to the University of Iowa and by all individuals who are not concurrently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

Some courses below have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course.

Students who earn the Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration and the major in sport and recreation management with the interscholastic athletic/activities administration concentration may count no more than 6 s.h. earned from that concentration area toward the certificate.

The Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration requires the following course work.

Core Courses

All of these:
SRM:3148Interscholastic Activities and Athletics Administration3
SRM:3700Ethics in Sport3
SRM:3800Sport Law for Interscholastic Athletic Directors3
A diversity in education course (consult advisor)3


Students select a minimum of 6 s.h. from the following.

HHP:2500Psychological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity3
HHP:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport3
SRM:2065The Experience Economy3
SRM:3147Sport Event Management3
SRM:3152Sport and Recreation Facility Management3
SRM:3158Sport and Recreation Promotion3
SRM:3176Sports Analytics for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers3
SRM:3178Communications and Public Relations in Sports3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
EDTL:3114Parent-Child Relationships3
EDTL:4940Characteristics of Disabilities3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
EPLS:6201Foundations of School Administration3
JMC:2200Principles of Strategic Communication3
JMC:5240Digital Strategic Communication3
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3
PSQF:4134/EDTL:4934Parent-Teacher Communication1-3
PSQF:6265/EPLS:6266Program Evaluation3

Field Experience

The guided field experience is essential to completion of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) requirements for first-level certification as a registered athletic administrator (RAA). Students must complete the following course (3 s.h.).

SRM:4197Sport and Recreation Field Experiencearr.