The Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration provides 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 coursework.

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.

The certificate is an option for educators and other professionals who already have a degree but may wish to pursue career opportunities in interscholastic athletics/activities administration. Students who want to earn the certificate and do not want to pursue a degree may apply as nondegree students.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • summarize the history of the position and the development of interscholastic athletics;
  • utilize management techniques to develop and maintain facilities; plan and oversee financially sustainable events; transfer practical experience into improved employment opportunities; and carry out effective and appropriate marketing, communication, and fundraising campaigns;
  • recognize and establish liability protections in programming; and
  • formulate effective program and coach assessment/evaluation.

The undergraduate Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration requires a minimum of 21 s.h. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Undergraduate to Graduate (U2G) students may earn the certificate when the undergraduate classification is primary.

Students may transfer up to 9 s.h. of credit toward certificate completion. Contact the Department of Health and Human Physiology for guidance on submitting courses from other institutions that may be approved for certificate credit. Field experience taken elsewhere is not eligible for use toward the certificate.

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

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

Core Courses

All of these:
SRM:3148Interscholastic Activities and Athletics Administration3
SRM:3700Ethics in Sport3
SRM:3800Sport Law for Interscholastic Athletic Directors3
EPLS:4200Diversity and Inclusion in Athletics3

Field Experience

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 a minimum of 3 s.h. in the following course with an approved partner and oversight from the Office of Field Experience (sport and recreation management) in the Department of Health and Human Physiology.

SRM:4196Interscholastic Athletic Administration Field Experience3-9


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

HHP:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
HHP:3045Physical Activity Psychology3
SRM:2065The Experience Economy3
SRM:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition in Health and Performance3
SRM:3146Sports Officiating: Rules, Theories, and Issues3
SRM:3147Sport Event Management3
SRM:3149Coaching Theory, Body Structure, and Human Development (this course and SRM:3155 together allow students to apply for state of Iowa coaching authorization)3
SRM:3150Recreation Administration3
SRM:3155Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries for Coaches (this course and SRM:3149 together allow students to apply for state of Iowa coaching authorization)3
SRM:3176Sports Analytics for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers3
SRM:3200Topics in Sport and Recreation Management (when topic is the politics of sports)3
SRM:3210Event Bidding: Processes and Strategies3
ARTS:1070Elements of Graphic Design3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
EDTL:3114Parent-Child Relationships3
EDTL:4940Characteristics of Disabilities3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
EPLS:6201Foundations of School Administration3
JMC:1300Introduction to Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JMC:5240Digital Strategic Communication3
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3
PSQF:4134/EDTL:4934Parent-Teacher Communication1-3
RHET:2085Speaking Skills3

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE) requires applicants for the state activities director authorization to also have a BoEE coaching authorization. Students who do not have the BoEE coaching authorization must complete the following certificate elective courses, which lead to the BoEE coaching authorization: SRM:3149 Coaching Theory, Body Structure, and Human Development and SRM:3155 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries for Coaches.