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Online Master of Education (MEd) in Equestrian Education

Share your passion with a new generation

Enter the new and growing equestrian education market by earning the online Master of Education in Equestrian Education degree from William Woods University. This degree will help you gain the field pedagogy skills you need to make the transition from equestrian professional to equestrian educator.

While earning this degree, you will improve your instructional techniques and learn to construct effective curriculum by applying instructional theories and strategies. The curriculum and supporting coursework provide insights into instructional subjects, pedagogy methods, and classroom management, including instructional resource planning, curriculum development, and outcome assessments. The degree also provides you with a focused education in the equestrian field to match your needs.

Essential skills you will learn include:

  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • Instructional design for equestrian education 
  • Curriculum construction 
  • Improvement of instruction 
  • Application of instructional theories and strategies
  • Equestrian program development 
  • Management of equestrian program resources
  • Understanding and responding to current issues in equestrian education

Excellence in equestrian education

The online Master of Education in Equestrian Education builds on William Woods University’s nationally recognized undergraduate equestrian program. This program, which offers a wide range of undergraduate specialties, provides an ideal climate for innovative instruction and effective learning outcomes for success in the field.

The online graduate degree combines the academic excellence and supportive teaching culture of the William Woods equestrian program with the convenience and affordability of a nationally ranked online education program. You will receive quality online instruction through the latest educational technology and collaborate with your peers in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

Your equestrian education degree at work

Equestrian education is gaining momentum in the industry as employers seek academically credentialed equestrian professionals in undergraduate instruction, as well as in the fields of extension service, breed and discipline associations, organizational leadership and others. Equestrian education professionals are also being sought to fill positions as youth and outreach workers to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs for early exposure to the field. A graduate degree prepares you for a position as a post-secondary teacher in this industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these positions are expected to experience an average 17% increase in employment through the next decade.


Courses you may take

EDU 543 - Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape - 3.00

This is an overview course to set the stage for the Teaching and Technology Master’s program of study. This course is designed to introduce practitioners to 21st Century learners and the implications for the teaching/learning environment. Participants will investigate the skill sets that are needed for today’s learners, apply technology integration frameworks, assess the potential use of mobile technologies in learning environments, design and implement personal/professional learning networks, investigate emerging technologies, and develop the skills necessary to become Google Certified Educators Level 1

EQE 530 - Equestrian Academic Instruction - 3.00

An overview of equestrian academic instruction, which investigates different types of programs, online versus traditional classrooms, today’s student, governmental requirements, and graduate marketability.

EQE 546 - Applied Instructional Theories - 3.00

This course is an overview of the pedagogical methods and strategies geared towards equestrian educators. Topics include the development of a teaching philosophy, mounted and unmounted lesson structure and content and group versus private lessons.

EQE 550 - Equestrian Curriculum Development - 3.00

This course focuses on an exploration of the equine-specific knowledge and skills that an equestrian graduate will need, and how this specific knowledge should be structured into program objectives and coursework.

EQE 562 - Equestrian Educational Events & Competitions Management - 3.00

This course will examine different methods of equestrian program promotion and/or revenue generation. Topics will include horse shows, clinics, residential or day camps, and horse sales. Working with institutional admissions and marketing departments will be explored.

EQE 574 - Management of Facility & Resources - 3.00

The student in this class will explore the many facets of equestrian academic and service programs. Through reflection papers, case studies, action plans and forum postings, the students will learn what is involved in running these programs. Topics covered include horse procurement and management, student recruitment and retention and facility management issues. Students will also investigate what types of faculty and staff are needed to keep a program running smoothly and to insure the institutional mission is met.

EQE 576 - Development of Instructional Resources - 3.00

This course focuses on the development of academic resources, which will supplement and augment instruction. Along with the traditional resources such as text books, library offerings and teaching visual aids, the course will explore creative teaching tools such as video, Power Points, and webpages.

EQE 582 - Current Issues in Equestrian Education - 3.00

This course is designed to provide educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues that are facing equestrian education. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection of the many issues currently facing equestrian education. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational process and the real world of instruction and instructional components.

EQE 587 - Equestrian Education Capstone Project - 6.00

The capstone is the culminating experience for students in the Master’s Degree in Equestrian Education. The capstone provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate key concepts from each course in their program of study. Students will develop the curriculum for a semester-long course, complete with objectives, teaching formats and daily lesson plans. Students will identify not only useful outside resources but also create their own in a variety of formats.



  • Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) showing Bachelor's degree. Only transcripts received in a sealed envelope directly from the sending school will be considered official.
  • A curriculum vitae demonstrating your knowledge of and experience in the equine industry. This may include items such as certifications, professional memberships, your student accomplishments in the field, or your professional accomplishments in the field.

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate education programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

Our graduate education programs are available online and are ranked among the best online programs in Missouri by US News and World Report.

One more thing

This truly is one of the nation’s top ranked equestrian programs in terms of resources, experience, industry connection and academic quality. If you want to know more about it, ask one of our alumni. They’re working just about everywhere people ride, show, and take care of horses.

Admissions Information

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

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