Master of Education(MEd)
in Athletics/Activities Administration

masters in athletic administration MEd

Master of Education(MEd)

in Athletics/Activities Administration

The Master in Athletics/Activities Administration is designed to provide students with the advanced skills necessary for effective administration of athletic and activity programs on the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels. You will develop skills in formulating effective practices involving program management: recruiting athletes, coaches, and officials; time management; maintaining amateurism; sports law; facilities management and scheduling; fiscal management; and public relations and marketing of the athletics/activities program.

The accelerated coursework, in a cohort format, leads to the initial certification of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Association.

The program 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).

The program does not meet Missouri requirements for building-level administrative certification.

Program Advantages

The William Woods University Masters in Athletics/Activities Administration is designed for working individuals. The cohort model allows students to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on pursing similar career goals. Program cohorts are situated in convenient locations around Missouri including Fulton, Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and all smaller cities. Once accepted into the program you are registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Tuition is maintained at the same rate, providing there is no interruption in enrollment. William Woods University students consistently score well on the Missouri leader assessment tests.

Who is this program designed for?

This masters program is designed for teachers and coaches with an interest in pursuing an athletic administration position in middle school through collegiate levels.

What will this program do for me?

The Master of Education(MEd) program in Athletic/Activities Administration is intended to provide the student with the advanced skills necessary for effective administration of athletic and activity programs on the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels. Only one of a handful of such programs offered in the nation, this unique degree examines all levels: middle school through collegiate.

The masters in athletic/activities administration will help students develop these skills:

  • formulating effective practices involving program management
  • recruiting of athletes, coaches, and officials
  • time management
  • maintaining amateurism
  • sports law
  • facilities management and scheduling

Master of Education Pogram Alumni:

William Woods University masters in athletic administration program alumni are employed in school districts across the State of Missouri.

Master of Education Graduate Employers Include:

  • Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Thornfield School District, Thornfield, MO
  • Braymer School District, Kansas City, MO
  • Bowling Green School District, St. Louis, MO

Master of Education Accreditations

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (MEA)
  • Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (teacher certification programs)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) (The School District Administration Program—MEd degree programs)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • A 500-word essay describing your professional experiences and explaining how this degree will help you achieve your career goals
  • Current resume or summary of work experience
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Tuition & Fees

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EDU521 Intro to Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Athletics/Activities Administration

This course examines the philosophical and organizational approaches to various athletic and activities programs, ranging from those at the middle school level to intercollegiate programs. Topics include organizational structures, program budgeting, communications, and leadership techniques. This course will also focus on organizational rules, services, and membership of athletics associations, such as the NCAA, the NAIA, and the National Federation of State High School Activities Associations. 3 Credits

EDU522 Software Applications for the Athletics/Activities Program Environment

Practical software applications will be taught, including how to use word processing, electronic spreadsheets, databases, and the Internet to increase the efficiency and completion quality of normal administrative tasks. Students will be required to have Internet and specific software access (Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) to complete this online course using a personal computer. 3 Credits

EDU525 Foundation of Educational Administration

This course provides a basic foundation for the student preparing for a leadership role in a school system. The student will study the attitudes, practices, and skills necessary to become an effective school leader. 3 Credits

EDU523 Supervision of the Athletics/Activities Program

This course explores all facets of the athletics/activities supervision process as it pertains to managing and maintaining facilities; evaluating coaches and support staff; and supervising and managing athletic contests, including techniques of spectator management. 3 Credits

EDU503 Sports Law

This course focuses on laws, rules, and regulations for sports, sporting competitions, and related activities. Middle school to intercollegiate athletics and activities programs will be examined in relation to their embedded risk management, human resources, safety standards, compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title IX, student dress codes and conduct codes, plus embedded issues related to sexual harassment, hazing, drug testing, and scholarship of athletic/activities program participants. 3 Credits

EDU527 Athletics/Activities Program Promotion

This course focuses on how to share the vision and mission of the program with future participants and community stakeholders. The course emphasizes developing positive relations with the public, speaking in public, communicating with various public media, and raising money using fund development methods. Learners will also examine how to encourage community and student involvement with the program. 3 Credits

EDU524 Current Issues/Common Challenges in Athletics/Activities Administration

This course provides athletics/activities directors with a broad understanding and better perception of current issues and common challenges they will face in the local and state educational community, as well as evolving issues on the national and global levels. These include gender equity and emergency/crisis planning, as well as issues regarding co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. 3 Credits

EDU526 Athletics/Activities Administration: Developing Character and Citizenship

This course will aid the athletics/activities administrator in building positive character and citizenship traits for participants in athletics and activities programs. Course content focuses on developing the traits of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, integrity, sportsmanship, collaboration, and fairness. In addition, issues on student motivation, cheating, and characteristics of adolescent behavior will be examined. 3 Credits

EDU528 Financing the Athletics/Activities Program

This course involves the study of department/school finance, program budgeting, profit/loss formulas, bookkeeping, bidding processing for equipment and services procurement, plus the basics of contractual agreements and compensation for officials. 3 Credits

EDU508 Practical Aspects of Athletic/Activities Administration

Meeting participant eligibility standards, maintaining amateurism status, institutional contracts, planning for athletics contests, and the development of student athlete and coaching manuals will be covered through practical application activities in this course. Other applications include scheduling, delegation of tasks, conflict resolution, and procurement of equipment and personnel. A major, final project will be the development of a comprehensive tournament plan or major activity event/conference plan (e.g. sport competition at the district, regional, or state level, conference breakouts, and workshops). 3 Credits

EDU509 Athletic Administration Field Experience

This capstone course for the program requires completion of 110 hours of clinical field experiences in the form of a student internship, a program professional portfolio in electronic format, and a comprehensive athletics/ activities administrator manual. All three culminating projects must be submitted for evaluation as a graduation requirement. A review for the CCA (Certified Athletic Administrator) examination will also be included in this course for students who desire this optional national certification after completion of this program. 3 Credits

Capstone Requirements

The capstone requirements for the program will include completion of 110 hours of clinical field experiences in the form of a student internship, a program professional portfolio in electronic format and a comprehensive athletics/activities administrator manual.

NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Certification

  • Voluntary
  • Not required by DESE but helpful for many positions
  • Three levels based on coursework and experience
  • More information will be available in the first course

Field Experience Requirements

  • 110 Clock hours—Aligned to the NIAAA Code of Ethics

Field Experience Supervisor

Field experience supervisors are expected to be current athletic/activities administrators with preferably a minimum of two years of experience at either the middle or high school level or at the collegiate level.

Next Steps

Making Education Accessible for Working Professionals

WWU programs can be brought to any community within Missouri and select communities in Arkansas. We would appreciate the opportunity to bring a degree program to your hometown. If there is interest in your area, call 1.800.995.3199 or email today!

How do I get started?

Visit us at to inquire about or apply to one of our evening programs. After you submit your information, you will be contacted by an enrollment representative to discuss the opportunities in your area.

How do I apply?

Visit us at to complete the FREE online application.

Is there a program starting near me?

To view an orientation schedule, visit us at or contact us directly at 1.800.995.3199 or

How do I register for classes?

After you have been accepted into your program of study, you will be registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Your academic adviser will answer any questions about potential schedule changes once you have started the program.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to most students. To start this quick and easy process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at, and enter the WWU school code 002525.