Athletic Coaching

Master of Education
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At its most basic level, successful coaching requires some experience and basic leadership skills, but at advanced levels, coaching sports in an educational setting often requires more advanced leadership skills and knowledge in everything from nutrition to ethics and performance enhancement. NCU’s master’s degree in Athletic Coaching specialization provides you with a formalized training process for the coaching profession. Mentored by professionally experienced professors, you will enhance your coaching leadership skills, explore practical, successful coaching strategies and the latest performance enhancement techniques for the athlete, and practice application of ethics and values in all aspects of coaching sports.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Leadership in Coaching Todays Athlete

Coaches face a wide array of tough decisions and need effective leadership and management skills to plot a successful course for their schools. In this course, students will investigate the methods, principles, and decision-making responsibilities of a coach. Through readings, interactive discussions, and independent activities, students will have the opportunity to equip themselves with skills in leadership, management, communication, and curriculum development, and they will apply these skills by taking on the role of a head coach and tackling some of the problems involved in coaching student athletes in today’s society.


Legal Aspects in Coaching

This Master’s level course is designed to help Coaches develop knowledge, skills, and awareness of the law and how legal precedence relates to interscholastic sport settings. Students will discuss, explore, analyze, and create solutions to specific dilemmas found in athletics at the high school level. An emphasis will be placed on current events and practical applications.


Ethics in Sports

The purpose of this course is to promote critical examination of ethical issues and moral dilemmas that are inherently found within interscholastic sport settings. Students will explore, perform research, and analyze ethics and morality in interscholastic sport settings. A series of written assignments will provide reflective opportunities for students to develop self-awareness and knowledge of how to become character driven, effective leaders. Students will develop an understanding of character based educational athletics and will be challenged to examine personal philosophies, clarify values, and refine moral reasoning skills relative to interscholastic athletics administration.


Sport Nutrition

In this course, students will explore the principles, background, and rationale for current nutritional guidelines for athletes. Using a physiological basis, students will explore the science behind sport nutrition. Students will also develop a practical, comprehensive understanding as it relates to sport and the influence of nutrition on exercise performance, training, and recovery.


Coaching Psychology

In this course, students will explore the principles, responsibilities, and issues involved with the coaching and motivating the student athlete. Students will gain knowledge of the fields of Positive Psychology and Sport Psychology. Students will develop their knowledge on strengthening a student athlete’s daily performance and team achievement in athletics.


Performance Enhancement in Sport

In this course, students will be introduced to the exercise programming strategies of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Students will be shown how a systematic approach to exercise program design uniquely blends the science of acute variables with the concepts of flexibility, cardio respiratory, core, balance, reactive, speed, agility and quickness and resistance training to develop safe and effective exercise programs for athletes in various sports.


Coaching Fundamentals of Speed Development

In this course, students will examine the trend of athletic performance with an emphasis on speed training. Students will be exposed to all aspects of speed training including the latest research on the topic. Special emphasis will be placed on speed and power training for the athlete.


Coaching Theory, Methods, and Issues

In this course, students focus on the components of successful coaching. Topics include: personal objectives, coaching styles, roles of head coach, training rules and practice, current coaching methods, drug/alcohol and domestic violence policies for student athletes, stress and burnout, and coaching philosophy.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

 The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013 – June 24, 2018.This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. To view the Summary of the Case that has been posted on the TEAC website (