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SPMT603 - High School Athletic Administration

Course Details

Course Code: SPMT603 Course ID: 2718 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of one of the most complex professions in secondary education – high school athletic administration. The topics include leadership and management roles in sports/athletic administration, high school sports finance and budgeting, student-athlete issues, association regulations and guidelines, and other issues focused on the array of sports disciplines, coaches, and programs at the high school level.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Explore the role national and state associations have in providing support to athletic administrators.
  2. Formulate leadership philosophies.
  3. Analyze how to manage personnel in high school athletics.
  4. Evaluate criteria for budget development, scheduling, and organizational duties.
  5. Critic ancillary issues such as legal issues, booster clubs, cheerleading teams, and transportation.
  6. Assess the needs and strategies for coaches working with young athletes.

For a description of specific evaluation requirements for each assignment and forum, please review the rubric in each assignment area. In addition, a forum rubric example is available in you Resource section.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
NIAAA Registration 5.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Registration for RAA Certification 5.00 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Week 3 Assignment: Research Paper Proposal 15.00 %
Week 4 Assignment: Personnel Policies in High School Athletics 15.00 %
Week 6 Assignment: Questions for High School Athletic Directors 15.00 %
Final Project 20.00 %
Week 8 Assignment: Final Project - Research Paper 20.00 %

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management

Book Title:Athletic Administration: Enhancing Organization Management (Materials available for purchase through the NIAAA website. Please use these instructions-
ISBN:LTC503- Digital
Unit Cost:$70.00
Book Title:Athletic Administration: Philosophy, Leadership Organizations and Professional Development (Materials available for purchase through the NIAAA website. Please use these instructions-
ISBN:LTC501- Digital
Publication Info:NIAAA
Unit Cost:$70.00
Book Title:Athletic Administration: Principles, Strategies and Methods (Materials available for purchase through the NIAAA website. Please use these instructions-
ISBN:LTC502- Digital
Publication Info:NIAAA
Unit Cost:$70.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.