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Online Master of Education in Athletic Coaching


Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Athletic Coaching

The online M.Ed. in athletic coaching at the University of Mount Union combines an engaging and focused curriculum with the flexibility and convenience that working professionals require.


The M.Ed. in athletic coaching leverages the University's history in developing leaders in sport-related fields as well as the institution’s continued success in intercollegiate athletics. This, coupled with its track record for producing top-notch coaches at all levels of organized athletics, has established Mount Union as a premiere institution for developing athletic coaches who are strong leaders, motivators, and communicators.  

Career Paths for Athletic Coaching Degree Graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026—faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing participation in high school and college sports, the BLS believes, may boost job demand.

M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching graduates work in a variety of roles:

   • P-12 Sports Coach
   • College Sports Coach
   • Professional Sports Coach
   • Sports Executive
   • Athletic Director

  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, six-week classes per term for five semesters, this M.Ed. is 30 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2021-2022 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in athletic coaching is $595. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in athletic coaching can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Courses in Athletic Coaching

The Master’s in Athletic Coaching Curriculum includes classes specific to coaching and athletics in addition to courses that provide a deeper understanding of leadership and professional development. The flexibility and convenience of the online degree program allows students to study on their own time—however hectic their schedules may be.


Psychology of Coaching: This course will familiarize students with aspects of psychology that influence performance and participation in athletics. The class will also examine the nature and responsibilities of the coaching profession with a focus on the psychological aspects of competitive sports. Some topics that will be discussed are self-esteem, motivation, stress, and imagery as they apply to one's ability to perform or willingness to participate in athletics. 

Pedagogy of Skill Development: This course will address the challenge of continued sport skill development in athletes through various pedagogical approaches. Whether coaching in an individual sport or a team sport, skill development in individual athletes is a key component to success. Coaches will learn how to create an ideal environment for athletes to focus on task mastery, including ideas of adaptability as well as identifying and manipulating constraints to learning.

Athletic Coaching Capstone: Students engage in reflective practice as an athletic coach. Students are expected to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of an athletic coach, lead in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a continuous improvement project designed to enhance the workplace.

View the entire M.Ed. athletic coaching curriculum


Admission Requirements | Online M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide two recommendations from employers or former professors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education program.


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, Chair, Department of Education at

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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