An On-Line Survey of Graduate Course Offerings Satisfying AAASP Certification Criteria

in The Sport Psychologist
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The purpose of this research was to compile and evaluate the course offerings of sport psychology graduate programs with regard to the requirements for becoming a Certified Consultant, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). Course offerings of 79 programs were identified via the on-line version of the College Catalogue Collections of the Career Guidance Foundation. Course descriptions in physical education/exereise science and psychology departments were examined to determine whether they fell within the AAASP certification criteria areas. Most of the schools evaluated did not offer courses in all 12 areas required for AAASP certification. Several programs offered courses in as few as six of the required areas. The results of this study suggest that the majority of graduate programs in applied sport psychology do not offer the necessary courses for students interested in pursuing AAASP certification.

Judy Van Raalte, Terry Brown, Britton Brewer, Joshua Avondoglio, and Whitney Hartmann are with the Center for Performance Enhancement and Applied Research, Department of Psychology, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109. Carrie Scherzer is in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.