Master in Education (M.Ed.)

Athletic Coaching and Administration

Online 30 major credits * 1.5 years

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*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Flexible, online format

1.5 year completion time, including holiday breaks

Ranked #11 Best Online Master's in Coaching degree

Courses Fulfill Act 48 Requirements and PIAA Coaching Requirements


Present coaches or individuals with athletic experience looking to assume responsibilities in their future or present employment as coaching assistants, coaches, or working with athletes of any age.

What You Learn

Courses are based on the latest research in the field and illustrate what effective coaches should know, value, and be able to do with athletes of all ages. This program will provide significant influence in a field that requires coaches to be able to administer, teach, support, and create programs for athletes that adhere to the National Standards for Sport Coaches, established and published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching and Administration will be framed by these standards, which encompass domains that include both scientific and practical components expected by administrators, athletes, and the public.

Courses will fulfill Act 48 Requirements and PIAA Coaching Requirements. We are one of only four universities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — and the only one in Western Pennsylvania — to offer PIAA approved courses. The two courses we offer that meet the PIAA coaching requirements are The Art and Science of Athletic Coaching (EDUC 505) and Safety and Physical Conditioning of Athletes II (EDUC 507). Additionally, all of the graduate courses offered in this program satisfy Pennsylvania teachers’ Act 48 requirements, which includes fulfilling 24 post-baccalaureate credits needed for an Instructional II certificate.

How You Learn

Online Format: This is an online cohort program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 1 1/2 years. Courses are taught by faculty who have years of real-world experience in coaching, teaching, physical education, sports psychology and educational administration. Candidates will complete an application-based practicum at the end of their program that is designed to give the candidate experience within a setting designed to foster professional development under the supervision of an approved mentor.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will earn an M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching and Administration and be able to apply what they’ve learned to present or future coaching positions in school districts or at institutions of higher learning.

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic coaching is a field growing nationally, as well as locally, with recent surveys indicating that approximately 10,000 coaches and scouts are employed in western Pennsylvania.

Graduates with an M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching and Administration will be prepared for coaching opportunities in various settings including:

  • K-12 public or private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Club and travel sports programs
  • Professional sports teams

Degree Requirements

EDUC 505The Art and Science of Athletic Coaching3
EDUC 507Safety and Physical Conditioning of Athletes3
EDUC 509Diversity and Ethical Responsibility in Athletics3
EDUC 513Supervision and Evaluation of Athletes3
EDUC 510Administration and Financial Responsibilities in Athletics3
EDUC 511Communication Skills for Athletics3
EDUC 508Sports Psychology3
EDUC 504Marketing and Branding in Athletics3
EDUC 512Research: Contemporary Theory to Current Practice3
EDUC 514Practicum3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.