If you have a strong interest in sport and fitness performance, this online doctoral degree in sports psychology will help prepare you for a highly rewarding career. Doctoral degree program graduates can seek positions in administration, coaching, consulting, counseling, or entrepreneurship. Employment opportunities are also available in the corporate world, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, sports performance clinics, and sports and fitness organizations. Sport psychology experts help athletes and fitness enthusiasts optimize their performance, assist coaches create winning, cohesive teams and help athletes set personal, as well as professional goals, in striving to enhance their performance on and off the field.
This EdD degree provides students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of sport beyond the Masters degree level. You will experience a highly supportive student-centered environment. The courses are delivered by a team of dedicated sport psychology, personal development and sports performance experts. Many of whom are at the forefront of international research and professional practice developments in their respective fields. The application of theory to professional practice is the core strength of this doctoral degree in applied sport psychology.
The coursework in this Doctoral Degree in Sport Psychology provides students with a wide range of knowledge in coaching principles, counseling methods, group dynamics, linguistics for coaching success, mental toughness, teamwork, Hemispheric Integration and the application of psychology and coaching to athletic performance. Students also learn practice and business building skills for long-term career success.
Courses in the Doctoral Degree in Sport Psychology
EdD 401: Sport Psychology in Practice
EdD 402: Precision Communication: Language of Influence for Successful Mediation and Negotiation
EdD 403: Social Psychology of Healing and Fitness: Cognitive Emotional Re-Alignment
EdD404A: Advanced Applied Sport Psychology
EdD 404B: Advanced Applied Sport Psychology
EdD 405: Leadership: Creating, Modeling and Producing Excellence
EdD 406A: Online Mental Training: Gaining Access to Coaches, Athletes and Parents
EdD 406B: Online Mental Training: Gaining Access to Coaches, Athletes and Parents
EdD 407: The Basics of Mental Toughness Training
EdD 408: Advanced Mental Training and the Pursuit of Excellence
EdD 409A: Building a Successful Practice
EdD 409B: Building a Successful Practice
EdD 410A: Neurophysiology
EdD 410B: Neurophysiology
EdD 411A: Developing Professionalism
EdD 411B: Developing Professionalism
EdD 412: Eastern Approaches to Sport Psychology
EdD 413: Doctoral Practicum/Internship (22 Units)
EdD 413 Course Description: This course is the coordination of either an internship or a project to fulfill graduation requirements. The internship is coordinated with your Wexford University mentor and set up in your local area. The candidate will do the majority of the work setting up the internship and must be approved by departmental chair/advisor. This course covers ALL necessary aspects of choosing and the approval of a quality internship. The candidate will discuss, research, and complete a pre-approved project depicting his/her knowledge and understanding of sport psychology.
The internship/project will be either:
Exploratory: in a work setting unfamiliar to the candidate
Re-definitional: allowing the candidate to redefine his/her current or proposed occupational tasks
Action Oriented: intended to have a defined social impact on a specific population
Mentoring: involving individual work with someone who has knowledge that the candidate wishes to develop
Traditional: activity in the field in which the candidate eventually wishes to work
Collective: combination of several of the above types of internship
The candidate will discuss, research, and complete a pre-approved project depicting his/her knowledge and understanding of sport psychology. This course covers ALL necessary aspects of choosing and the approval of a quality project. The project must be the equivalent of three months of full-time work regardless of how long it actually takes to complete.
The project requires a review of the scientific literature and will go through a series of revision stages and will be either:
a traditional dissertation
a publishable book
a manual (i.e., applied workbook on a specific topic within domain of sport psychology)
another form that meets approval and demonstrates quality of education received
NOTE: This degree program is not intended to prepare a student for state or national licensing as a clinical psychologist or mental health professional.