University of Western States

University of Western States

Doctor of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology


8000 NE Tillamook Street

Portland, OR 97213

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Using positive and applied sport psychology, the EdD program is designed to help optimize your skills and transform your abilities to inspire and motivate others. The curriculum was designed specifically to help students complete the specialized coursework requirements to become a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) and to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC). 

EdD Coursework: The program is comprised of ten sport and performance psychology core courses, six elective courses and a culminating experience chosen from the four options below and customized to specifically to meet your career needs.  
1) Dissertation  2) Mentorship/scholarly project  3) Practicum  4) Clinical Internship 

Personalized coursework options within the program provide an opportunity for students to meet certification as well as state and national exam requirements for:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Certified Consultant - Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP)
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)
  • National Counselor Examination (NCE) for licensure and certification
  • State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) coursework requirements


EdD Mental Health Counseling Specialization: 60-90 quarter credits
For students seeking to specialize in mental health counseling and become a licensed professional counselor (LPC), the EdD program was designed to meet the rising demand in the field and to serve as an effective way for students to pursue this goal while also earning an advanced doctoral degree. Advanced Standing for LPCs: Students who have a related counseling master’s degree or are already a licensed professional counselor automatically qualify for at least 30 credits of advanced standing toward the degree. 

EdD Positive Leadership and Administration Concentration: 76 quarter credits 
Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive work and sport environments. This concentration is designed to help leaders and their organizations succeed through gaining understandings of human motivation and behavior (emphasizing strengths rather than limitations) to achieve extraordinary results.


The University of Western States Ed.D in sport and performance psychology degree is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 54 quarter credits equivalent to 36 semester hours

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large City

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