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Online Master of Education (MEd) in Athletics / Activities Administration

Prepare to lead an athletics program

Leading a high-profile athletics/activities program in today’s educational system is a demanding job that requires skills in facilities management, recruiting, publicity, law and much more. The William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Athletics/Activities Administration is one of a handful of programs in the nation that trains you in these skills at all levels, from middle school through high school and collegiate.

Coursework will prepare you to formulate best practices in program management, including:

  • recruiting athletes, coaches, and officials
  • time management
  • maintaining amateurism
  • sports law
  • facilities management and scheduling
  • fiscal management
  • public relations and marketing of the athletics/activities program

The path to NIAAA certification

The program leads to the initial certification of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Association and is one of the few to be recognized by the NIAAA as meeting the educational requirements toward becoming a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) or a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA). It does not meet Missouri requirements for building-level administrative certification.

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an athletic administration master's program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the athletic field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

This online degree is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers and administrators and can be completed in two years or less from anywhere. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the curriculum so you can develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work

This online athletic administration degree prepares you to take your place in the management of an athletics/activities program in a middle school, high school or university. You’ll have the skills and official requirements to manage the recruiting of athletes and staff, manage facilities, direct public relations and marketing of the program, and perform other duties.


You will earn the degree by completing 11 three-credit courses online plus 110 hours of field experience in the form of a student internship. You will also create a professional portfolio and a comprehensive athletics/activities administrator manual.

Courses you may take


Sports Law



Practical Aspects of Athletic/Activities Administration



Athletic Administration Field Experience



Introduction to Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Athletics/Activities Administration



Supervision of the Athletics/Activities Program



Current Issues/Common Challenges in Athletics/Activities Administration



Foundation of Educational Administration



Athletics/Activities Administration: Developing Character & Citizenship



Athletics/Activities Program Promotion



Financing the Athletics/Activities Program




  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.

William Woods in the real world

Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools, including leadership in athletics.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.