Creating a Curriculum at Logan University
I am excited to be teaching in Logan University’s Master’s Degree in Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation. This program at Logan University is a fully accredited Master’s degree.
The program is all online and is designed to be completed in 1 year. There is also an internship that can be completed at locations near where you live or maybe even counting your current employment situation. The people at Logan University have been extremely helpful because I not only get to teach the course but I designed it from the ground up.
Until working with them in this endeavor, I hadn’t realized what all it took to create a curriculum. I’ve been teaching as an adjunct professor for over a decade, but this was on another level! There are quite a few steps to take when designing a course.
The class I am teaching is in Program and Administrative Oversight and it began by deciding what books I wanted to use for the course. For the curious, the books I selected to use for the class are Complete Conditioning for Football and the NSCA’s Essentials for Strength and Conditioning (4th Edition).
After deciding on the texts, the next step was deciding on the Course Learning Outcomes (CLO’s). I have 4 CLO’s for this particular class:
- CLO 1: Describe Strength and Conditioning Program and Administration Oversight.
- CLO 2: Describe the key elements of program administration as it relates to staff development and emergency planning.
- CLO 3: Describe the impact of strength and conditioning facilities as a Strength and Conditioning program administrator.
- CLO 4: Describe the development and sustainment of legal policies in Strength and Conditioning program administration.
For Logan’s program specifically, each class is designed in 7 week blocks called modules with each week having learning objectives. I’ve listed the first week’s learning objectives for my course, but you’ll have to enroll in the course to see the others! ☺
- Week One: Leadership and Vision
- Design a professional level athletic program mission statement.
- Describe Training Philosophies
- Describe Mental Conditioning, PR Paradigm, and the Multilevel System for training.
- Week Two: Establishing Benchmarks and KPI’s
- Week Three: Staff Development
- Week Four: Emergency Action Planning
- Week Five: Facility Organization
- Week Six: Facility Equipment and Maintenance
- Week Seven: Legal Issues and Policies
For me this is rewarding because I get to apply my Master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction to help others advance their careers. Many things have changed and continue to evolve in Athletics and this program will give many people the opportunity to become and remain competitive in the marketplace.