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MEd in Coaching & Sports Administration

The Master of Education in Coaching & Sports Administration is designed to develop practitioners to lead sports programs or enterprises with fairness, integrity and competence. Whether you aspire to be a school district’s athletics director, a university coach or a fitness manager, you will gain the skills necessary for such leadership positions.

You will study topics ranging from state laws on concussions to teacher/coach contracts. All MEd faculty have doctoral degrees (PhD or EdD) and experience in sports programs as school administrators, officials, coaches, trainers or business managers.

The 16-month online program focuses specifically on practical knowledge in the academic discipline of coaching and athletics administration. You will develop your ability to analyze and apply research in sports; become trained in federal, state and local laws that apply to the sports arena; and graduate prepared to become an accomplished athletics leader. The sports-specific practicum offers you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned while gaining supervised educational work experience in a specific sport. Additionally, in lieu of a thesis, you will complete an action research report.

Career Outcomes

  • Athletics Director
  • Conference Commissioner
  • Fitness Center Manager/Owner
  • Instructor in Undergraduate Sports Management Courses
  • Recreational Sports Administrator
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Marketing Professional
  • University Coach

Graduate students who select this specialization will:

  • Learn to lead sports programs and enterprises with integrity and fairness.
  • Develop skills for analyzing and applying research in sports.
  • Prepare for addressing the financial, human resources and event planning challenges of sports administration.
  • Become trained in federal, state and local laws, policies and procedures as they apply to the sports arena.
  • Develop the competencies to be an accomplished leader in the field of sports administration.

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • MED 5303 Educational Research
  • MED 5308 Ethics & Leadership in Education

Specialization (24 hours)

  • SPAD 5301 Critical Issues/Events in Sports
  • SPAD 5303 Finance
  • SPAD 5304 Facilities/Event Planning
  • SPAD 5305 Media & Marketing
  • SPAD 5310 Organizational Behavior in Sports
  • SPAD 5311 Legal Aspects of Sports
  • SPAD 5331 Principles of Coaching
  • SPAD 5333 Practicum in Coaching

Apply for the Master of Education in Coaching & Sports Administration program today!