Coaching Degrees


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School Level Program Admissions

Greenville University

Master Master of Arts in Education - Coaching
Offers six undergraduate and graduate options.

Concordia University - Saint Paul

Master MS in Coaching & Athletic Administration
Tudor Certification Prep

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Coaches work with and teach both amateur and professional athletes how to perform to the best of their abilities. Coaches also determine and assess the athlete's strengths and weaknesses wile teaching the athlete the best way to improve weak areas. They also act as mentors and may assist with scouting for the athlete and assisting them with obtaining sporting scholarships and finding suitable colleges. The increasing number of high school and college sports and participants continues to put coaches and scouts in demand.

Are there online Coaching degree programs?

Yes, there are multiple options for online coaching degrees. Most 100% online coaching degrees are found at the Masters level. You should also consider any teaching degree, where you can add on a Coaching endorsement to your teaching license. Some Masters in Education programs also have Coaching, Athletic Administration, or a related track/concentration that you can pursue.

There are multiple bachelor's degrees in coaching across the United States, many of which have specific concentrations in areas such as sports management, sports studies, strength and conditioning, and general sports education and coaching. These concentrations allow the student to choose an area of study that coincides with his or her career goals, whether it's working as a high school coach, working for a large industry and dealing with security in the sporting industry.

Reviewing a few online coaching degrees, updated for 2024

Ball State University Masters in Coaching Education degree

Coaching degrees can also be earned online at schools like Ball State University, which offers a Master of Science in Athletic Coaching Education. Even taking just two classes a semester, a student can complete the program in two years. Students that are already working as coaches can continue to work because the entire program in online. After completing courses in teaching and motivation for coaches; philosophy and ethics; physical preparation and conditioning; and sport safety and injury prevention; the student completes an on-site internship in sport and physical education in his or her local community.


University of Missouri online M.Ed. degree

One online program in particular, offered at the University of Missouri, is a 30-hour program aimed at not only athletic coaches but also school counselors and administrators and even classroom teachers who have bachelor's degree and wish to earn a master degree. To earn the Master of Education in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, the student completes four required and five elective courses that may include applied positive coaching, gender issues in sports, legal aspects of sports and coaching, and applied positive psychology.


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School Level Program Admissions

The University of Texas Permian Basin

Master MA in Special Education
CAEP-accredited, Complete in as little as 12 months, six start dates a year, cost-effective tuition.

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education
Specialized degrees in Special Education, Curriculum Instruction, Learning Design and Technology.

University of West Florida

Master Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
CAEP Accredited, 3 specializations.

Arizona State University

Bachelor Online Bachelor of Education Programs Website

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United States Sports Academy - Multiple Coaching Related Degrees

An example of an undergraduate program can be found at the United States Sports Academy, which offers a Bachelor of Sports Science program. Students can choose from concentrations in sports coaching, sports management, sports studies and sports strength and conditioning. When satisfying the 120 required credits, the student must complete at least 60 in upper-division courses specific to the student's area of interest.

A similar yet different undergraduate program is offered through the Physical Education department at Eastern Kentucky University. Students can choose from majors in P-12 Teaching or Fitness and Wellness, with both majors offering minors in coaching. Depending on what major is chosen, the student will either complete a student teaching practicum course or an internship at a local fitness center in addition to degree-related coursework.

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Concordia University – Irvine Coaching and Athletic Administration Degrees

Coaching degrees at the master degree level are similar to what Concordia University – Irvine has to offer. Students that are interested in both coaching and understanding the educational administrative side of the sporting industry will benefit from the Master in Coaching and Athletic Administrative program.

In addition to completing an on-site internships and required courses like legal aspects of sports; principals of coaching and leadership; and ethics and sports, students can choose from a wide variety of elective courses. The student will also put together a portfolio demonstrating the particular type of coaching her or she desires to do. CUI also offers this particular program both on campus and online or as a hybrid program.

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Coaching Certification Requirements

Behind every good athlete, you’re probably going to find an equally good coach who has devoted his or her time towards helping the athlete perform to the best of his or her ability. Upon graduation but prior to actually working as a coach, you may have to be licensed or certified. A lot will depend on where you wish to work. Some schools have regular licensed teachers acting as coaches. Often a student pursuing an education may choose a concentration or minor in physical education. Other schools may hire coaches that have coaching-related degrees.

Certification is usually required by state high school athletic associations so if you’re planning on coaching at a public high school, expect to be certified at some level. Some high schools also require their coaches be CPR-certified and attend classes on coaching fundamentals and sport safety prior to obtaining certification. As far as certification for college coaches, this varies from school to school.