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Become an Inspirational Coach with a Master's Degree in Athletic Coaching

If you are looking to inspire, teach and mentor athletes while building both their skills and character, our unique, affordable 30-credit Master of Education in athletic coaching is designed for you.

The M.Ed. program is framed by the National Standards for Sport Coaches, which was established by the Society of Health and Physical Educators

These standards are expected by school and university administrators, athletes, parents and the public nationwide.

Fully Online

Our program's fully online format offers flexibility for working professionals with busy schedules, especially teachers and those already coaching sports teams.

Fulfill Act 48 Requirements and PIAA Coaching Requirements

We are one of only four universities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — and the only one in Western Pennsylvania — to offer PIAA approved courses.

The two courses we offer that meet the PIAA coaching requirements are The Art and Science of Athletic Coaching (EDUC 505) and Safety and Physical Conditioning of Athletes II (EDUC 507).

Additionally, all of the graduate courses offered in this program satisfy Pennsylvania teachers’ Act 48 requirements, which includes fulfilling 24 post-baccalaureate credits needed for an Instructional II certificate.

Learn more about Point Park University's PIAA approved courses.

Courses & Topics

Courses in the fully online M.Ed. in athletic coaching graduate program are offered in an eight-week format and are based on the latest research in the field and illustrate what effective coaches should know, value and be able to do with athletes of all ages.

  • The Art and Science of Athletic Coaching
  • Safety and Physical Conditioning of Athletes I and II
  • Sports Psychology
  • Diversity and Ethical Responsibility in Coaching 
  • Administration and Financial Responsibilities of Coaching
  • Communication Skills for Athletic Coaches
  • Research: Contemporary Theory to Current Practice
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Athletes
  • Application-Based Practicum in the Field (Build/Enhance Your Portfolio)


Pictured is the Point Park women's basketball team. | Photo by Chris Squier

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the online classroom

Courses are taught by faculty who have years of real-world experience as teachers, coaches and education administrators.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Darlene Marnich, Ph.D., professor of education.
  • More than 35 years of experience in the teaching field
  • Vice chair of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Teacher Education Collaborative
  • Served as the University's faculty athletic representative for the past 10 years.


Career Options

According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic coaching is a field growing nationally, as well as locally, with recent surveys indicating that approximately 10,000 coaches and scouts are employed in western Pennsylvania.

Graduates with a Master of Education in athletic coaching will be prepared for coaching opportunities in various settings including:

  • K-12 public or private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Club and travel sports programs
  • Professional sports teams