2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Athletic Academic Advising Certificate

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus, Online

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Katelyn Romsa, Associate Professor
School of Education, Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 318, Box 507

Program Information

The graduate certificate in Athletic Academic Advising will provide students with a grounding in the foundational elements and essential competencies needed for effective athletic academic advising practice. Athletic academic advising is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that is intended to aid student-athletes in achieving education, career, and personal goals using the full range of institutional and community resources. The curriculum is aligned with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Pillars of Academic Advising, which are guiding principles affirming the role of advising in higher education that anticipate the needs of student-athletes, academic advisors, and institutions. Topics will include student development theory, multicultural issues, career development, interpersonal relations for advising, sport administration, NCAA, and current issues of athletic academic advising. The Athletic Academic Advising Certificate will prepare individuals for a career in higher education such as:

  • Student athlete services
  • Student-athlete development
  • Academic Advising for student-athletes
  • Student affairs
  • Career counseling and development 

The certificate is intended for students entering the field and for those experienced in the field. The program includes components to assist students in connecting with existing advising networks and professional organizations to support their practice and link them to new and emerging practices that may benefit their work. The Athletic Academic Advising Certificate will be offered as a stand-alone credential for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or may be offered in combination with the Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.Ed.) - Administration of Student Affairs Specialization Counseling and Human Resource Development (M.S.) - College Counseling Specialization , or Sport and Recreation Administration (M.S.) 

Course Delivery Format

Instruction occurs through online and clinical experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing this certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate case conceptualization skills for context for the delivery of athletic academic advising. 
  • Apply a holistic, systems, legal, and evidence-based approach to athletic academic advising. 
  • Demonstrate essential interviewing and counseling skills for athletic academic advising.
  • Collaborate with an athletic academic advising program to develop initiatives that promote the academic, social, and career success of individuals in higher education settings.

Additional Admissions Requirements

TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

Please refer to the following for additional information:

Graduate School Admission
Distance Education

Additional Information

Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.