Ohio University

Master's in Coaching Education Online


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Program Code: MS8160

What the program offers you

The online Masters of Coaching Education program is nationally recognized as a leader in preparing coaches to excel at all levels of competition. The curriculum focuses on areas of coaching that directly impact athletic performance and is built around the national standards for sport coaches based on the primary functions, key responsibilities and roles that sport coaches fulfill.  As a result, our graduates are equipped with the technical and leadership skills important to maximize team performance and ensure a lasting coaching career.

Program Overview

Taught By Coaching Experts

Faculty consists of internationally recognized coaches and coaching scholars with many years of experience coaching a range of sports at the community, school, and professional levels.

Application Requirements & Instructions

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 for unconditional admission
  • Minimum three years of experience coaching
  • Complete online graduate studies application at www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply
  • Official copy of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume or CV with educational background, work and coaching experience 
  • Two-page typed essay that includes information about your background and prior experience, your professional purpose and career goals, and how the Coaching Education program can help you to fulfill your goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation using the form provided by the Graduate College. At least one reference must be from someone who can attest to your qualifications in your chosen field and at least one must be from an academic faculty member who can support your ability to produce successful academic work at the graduate level. Please be certain to identify your intended concentration before giving the form to the person providing the reference.
  • $50 non refundable application fee
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Required Courses

COED 5213 - Dynamics of Skill Acquisition

Incorporates the theories behind skill acquisition and how coaches utilize different methods to teach, improve and advance skill levels of their athletes.

COED 6150 - Injury Prevention & Risk Management

Explores the responsibilities of coaches toward athlete safety, pertaining to risk of injury, illness, rest, and appropriate recovery from injury.

COED 6110 - Foundations of Coaching I

Focuses on developing students’ knowledge of effective coaching methods and the principles that underpin them across the range of developmental levels. Students apply knowledge to create a system for long-term success, which can be maintained across each season of the coaching cycle.


COED 6160 - Performance and Conditioning for Athletic Coaches

Explores the physiological concepts of the human body and their relationships with improving sports performance. The course specifically focuses on the analysis of the physiological demands of various sports and students examine how individual athletes physiologically adapt to different training stimuli depending on their gender, age, and other environmental factors.

COED 6120 - Management and Leadership in Sport

Examines contemporary theories related to management and leadership and their application to sport. Students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and qualities for leading a sports team, program, and/or sports organization, which can be applied across a range of developmental coaching levels.

COED 6170 - Ethics and Diversity in Athletic Coaching

Examines ethical and diversity issues pertaining to athletic coaches. The primary focus is on the students’ development of critically reflective reasoning skills which guide ethically sound decision-making when conducting diverse coaching activities.

COED 6140 - Psychology of Coaching

Analysis of how psychological factors influence coaches' understanding of athlete/team well-being and performance. The focus of this course is on the psychological theories and principles and their application in sport coaching environments.

COED 6330 - Analysis of Sport Performance for Coaches

Exposes students to the various analysis tools and methods used by sports coaching practitioners to evaluate and assess sports performance. More specifically, students analyze athlete and coach behavior utilizing a variety of technological tools.

Elective Courses

COED 6240 - Social Dynamics in Sport Coaching

Exposes students to the sociological dynamics of coaching through the utilization of different social theories and how they apply within the sports coaching domain. The course explores the work of a number of key social theorists so that students can understand sociological themes and how these themes affect athletes learning and development.

COED 6180 - Utilizing Technology in Athletic Coaching

Prepares athletic coaches to effectively utilize technology to improve athlete learning in youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and elite coaching settings.


COED 6115 - Foundations of Coaching II

Exposes students to a models-based approach to coaching and its application to coaching athletes at the youth, interscholastic, and intercollegiate levels.

COED 6320 - Sports Performance for Athletic Coaches

Provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of sports performance through the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate strength and conditioning programs for teams/individual athletes.

COED 6130 - Finance for Sport Coaches

Provides athletic sports coaches at all developmental levels with the knowledge, skills, and qualities associated with the financial management of their programs.

COED 6340 - Performance Recovery: Strategies for Coaches

Explores strategies for athletic coaches to help athletes recover physically, mentally, and emotionally from the demands of training and athletic performance.


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