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Master of Education (MEd) in Athletics / Activities Administration

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 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 a 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 degree is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers and administrators and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule so as to keep students together, allowing you to 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 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 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

EDU 503

Sports Law


EDU 508

Practical Aspects of Athletic/Activities Administration


EDU 509

Athletic Admin Field Experiences


EDU 521

Introduction to Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Athletics/Activities Administration


EDU 523

Supervision of the Athletics/Activities Program


EDU 524

Current Issues/Common Challenges in Athletics/Activities Administration


EDU 525

Foundations of Educational Administration


EDU 526

Athletics/Activities Administration: Developing Character & Citizenship


EDU 527

Athletics/Activities Program Promotion


EDU 528

Financing the Athletics/Activities Program



Additional Resources


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

Cohorts available across Missouri

William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.

Also available online

For those students looking to take a less traditional route and interested in earning your degree online, William Woods University also offers an Online Master of Education (MEd) in Athletics / Activities Administration.

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 graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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