Sport Leadership

The Sport Leadership track is a 33-semester hour option in the School Leadership M.Ed. program that prepares teachers, coaches, and other education professionals for leadership in educational athletics. This track provides practical, hands-on learning experiences in teaching and leading in a distinctively Christian manner. Providing a graduate level focus on issues, research, and leadership in education, this track also focuses on the specific leadership principles and perspectives applicable to sport leadership. Six credits of practicum experience provide real-world learning and application.   


EDUC 501 Issues in Education (3 credits, summer) (one week on campus)

This course critically examines the philosophical and historical background and context of contemporary educational practice. The focus is on key issues currently affecting the areas of teaching, curriculum, learning, and the school as an institution. Emphasis falls on relating philosophical and historical contexts to daily classroom practice. Course participants are equipped to use philosophical analysis as part of their reflective practice drawing on understandings and commitments in this course.  The course includes five days on campus in July and should be taken during the first summer of the program.

EDUC 502 Learner Development and Principles of Learning (3 credits, summer)

This course examines a biblical model of the teacher, learner and the learning process. Consideration is given to the application of a biblical model as it relates to teaching and learning. This model is weighed and examined against other psycho-educational theories of development and learning. This course will equip leaders to create learning environments that celebrate image bearing. 

EDUC 503 Interpreting and Applying Educational Research (3 credits, summer)

This course provides leaders with a conceptual introduction to the essential principles and appropriate methods of educational research. Course participants will be equipped to analyze and interpret existing research and critique contemporary methods, techniques and trends in education as well as be prepared to conduct action research in their own classrooms and schools. 

EDUC 560 Foundations of Leadership (3 credits, fall)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of educational administration from a distinct perspective of what it means to lead Christianly. Content includes an examination of theories of leadership, leadership traits, leadership behaviors, contemporary approaches, and the Iowa School Leadership Standards. 

EDUC 563 Collaborative Leadership (3 credits, fall)

This course focuses on organizational influences on leadership, communications in schools, decision making, managing conflict, and facilitating change in schools. A recognition and realization of the role schools play in the community, tasked to participate in restoration and reconciliation process. 

HHP 510 Leadership Principles in Sport (3 credits, summer)

This course through readings, assignments, and applied projects will help develop an advanced perspective on sport leadership with emphases on developing sportsmanship and personal growth among players, coaches, and others.  Issues such as human potential and responsibility, diversity, competition, and faithfulness to one’s neighbor are examined through a Christian lens.  

HHP 515 Ethics and Sport (3 credits, fall)

This course through readings, assignments, and applied projects will help develop an advanced perspective on ethics in sports with emphases on addressing pressing ethical issues in contemporary sports and formulating a biblically faithful response in this area to God and one’s neighbor.  Genuine biblical insight is sought in examining issues such as the physical and emotional health of players, strategizing with the rules on and off the field, boosterism, scholarships, life after sports, and a balanced and fit life.  

HHP 520 Christian Perspectives on Advanced Sport Psychology (3 credits, summer)

This course will help develop an advanced level of understanding for sports leadership, coaching, administration and physical activity by exploring the psychological and sociological aspect of human movement. Secondly, the student will develop a reformed understanding of human movement via discussions, written assignments, and presentations on a variety of issues related to the areas of health and exercise, sport, and leadership.

HHP 525 Administration of Interscholastic Sports (3 credits, summer)

This course through readings, assignments, and applied projects will help develop an advanced perspective on interscholastic sports administration with emphases on addressing community needs, responsible resource and personnel management, servant leadership in a highly visible position, and personal growth as a manager and shaper of attitudes.  Issues such as faithfulness stewardship, fairness, wisdom, and providing a positive example in the school and community are examined through a Christian lens.  

HHP 530 Practicum Series (6 credits, all terms)

This practicum experience is repeated for a total of 6 credits over an entire school year.  The practicum provides opportunity for real-world, hands-on application and practice of the leadership principles studied throughout the program.  Emphasis is on synthesizing theories and strategies to form a genuinely Christian stance on all aspects of sport leadership.  Special emphasis is on making a difference in the lives of players, coaches, and others and on personal growth as a leader and public figure.  






To request more information, contact the Dordt College Office of Graduate Education at:

Office of Graduate Education
Dordt College
498 4th Ave. NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Phone: (712) 722-6236 or 1 (800) 343-6738