Sports & Fitness Psychology Certificate

Sport & Fitness Psychology

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The Certificate Program

Are you involved in sports or fitness as a:

  • Athlete
  • Trainer
  • Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health Professional

Do you want to:

  • Develop optimal performance
  • Create effective teams
  • Enhance physical/mental well-being

Sport & Fitness Psychology Certificate ProgramIf so, the Sport and Fitness Psychology Certificate Program is for you.

Take one course or the whole certificate to acquire tools to perform your job more effectively or expand your present job skill set. Parent and high school coaches will learn how to build cooperative teams. Fitness instructors can increase their employability. Athletes will advance their careers.

Best of all, you can do all of this anywhere, anytime via our online courses.

  Note: Once you have completed all the courses in the certificate, you may apply to receive the certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the Sport Psychology certificate help me?

In this course you will learn how to develop athletes’ optimal performance, create effective teams, and enhance physical and mental well-being.

How will the Sport and Fitness Psychology Certificate help me?

High school and college coaches can use these courses for professional development. Athletes can advance their careers Fitness instructors and trainers can increase their employability. Youth coaches will learn how to build cooperative teams.

Sport & Fitness Psychology CartoonDo I have to take all of the courses in the certificate program or can I take just some of them?

Take one course or the whole certificate to acquire tools to perform your job more effectively or expand your present job skill set.

How many courses will be offered each trimester?

At least two courses in the certificate are offered each trimester. PSY 486 Internship offered at least two times a year.

How do I enroll in the courses?

You enroll through the California State University, Dominguez Hills' Extended and International Education unit by calling 310-243-3741.

Can I count the units toward a master’s degree?

Courses in this certificate are numbered at 400 or senior level which may count toward a graduate degree program. All of the courses are transferable and they all can be counted as sport & psychology courses. Transferrability is determined by the institution or program accepting the units. Check with your master’s degree advisor to see what elective course requirements they might fill.

What does a sport psychologist do?

Sport psychologists help athletes optimize their performance, help coaches create winning teams, help players set personal as well as performance goals and find ways to reach those goals. Sport psychologists may be employed by a university or a professional team on a full-time or consultant basis. To find out more about sport psychology go to

What do I need to do to become a sport psychologist?

Most sport psychologists have a doctoral degree, which takes about 4 years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. You have to be licensed in the state in which you practice in order to call yourself a sport psychologist. However, even without the license, you can use some of the techniques that sport psychologists use when consulting with athletes and teams. You just cannot “treat” individual problems nor call yourself a psychologist.

If I live outside of the Los Angeles area how do I do an internship (PSY 486S)?

For students who live outside of the Los Angeles area, the instructor of PSY 486 will work with individual students to approve a suitable internship site in their area of residence. Examples of eligible experiences include working under supervision to provide training of athletes on performance-relevant issues or working as an intern with a coaching staff in an applied sport psychology setting.

Are there any prerequisites for PSY 486S, the Internship?

There are four prerequisite courses (PSY 480, PSY 481, PSY 482, PSY 483) that must be completed before registering for PSY 486S, Internship in Sport and Fitness Psychology. One of the four prerequisite courses sometimes can be taken concurrently with PSY 486S.  Also, please notify the instructor of PSY 486S ( one semester before intending to register for this course so she can approve an internship site and supervisor for you plus you will need this instructor’s consent before registering for PSY 486S.

Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process. When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741.

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