This program consists of five, three credit courses (15 credits) leading to a concentration in Athletic Administration and Coaching, a designation which is indicated on the student’s transcript upon successful completion of the program.

All courses in this program are taught by experienced instructors who are serving or have served as both Athletic Administrators (or Assistant Athletic Administrators) and coaches.

One of our five courses addresses the requisite 2016 PIAA Coaching and First Aid mandates.

Employees at WPIAL schools receive a 10% discount on tuition for the first year.

Courses are offered for one night a week for four hours per evening within our eight week accelerated term. Additional work beyond the time spend in the classroom is required. All coursework will reflect a commitment to rigor and high standards of excellence.

Currently, all courses are face-to-face and meet at the Waynesburg University Center at Southpointe. Were interest generated by a commitment of a cohort of students of five or more for attendance at one of our other locations (Cranberry or Monroeville) for the duration of the 5 courses, the Director would consider offering the coursework at these additional WU locations.

Admission Requirements:

  • WU Online application/Essay
  • Earned baccalaureate degree with official transcripts.
  • Undergraduate or established graduate (12 or more credits) GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submission of two professional recommendations. Forms are provided for this purpose.
  • Résumé


Course IDDescriptionTimeCredit Hours
EDUAAP 505 Sport Compliance 8 weeks 3.0
EDUAAP 506 Contemporary Issues in Athletics 8 weeks 3.0
EDUAAP 507 Sport Budgets & Fiscal Practices 8 weeks 3.0
EDUAAP 508 Facilities & Event Management and Fundraising 8 weeks 3.0
EDUAAP 509 Principles of Coaching and First Aid 8 weeks 3.0
  15 Total Credit Hours


EDUAPP 505 Sport Compliance

This course incorporates basic issues and strategies encompassing sport law/compliance and risk management issues in athletics. Students will analyze the types of legal obligations and liability exposure in the sport business, along with the risk management tools available to minimize risk.

EDUAPP 506 Contemporary Issues in Athletics

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to examine sport issues in society through an understanding of: how sport influences our national values; dealing with challenging personalities (parents, colleagues, supervisors, etc.); using emotional intelligence and transactional analysis; and examining how sport can influence positive and negative outcomes for individuals. Additionally, the course will broaden the student’s understanding of a variety of issues common to the sports industry. Topics will include the relationship of sports to academics, religion, drugs, violence, parents, the media, and non-school athletic organizations. Students will analyze current problems and develop possible solutions.

EDUAAP 507 Sport Budgets & Fiscal Practices

This course will prepare students to develop the skills, strategies and techniques needed to successfully execute an interscholastic budget; identify the process of securing bids and quotes; analyze the need for capital improvements; interpret the various state budget categories and propose alternative and innovative funding sources to offset budgetary shortfalls.

EDUAAP 508 Facilities & Event Management and Fundraising

This course is designed to provide learning experiences in maintaining safe and secure indoor and outdoor practice/game facilities; developing long range operational and assessment plans; understanding the need for and development of regular maintenance schedules; preparing planning methods for contests and tournaments; as well as guidelines for effectively working with booster clubs and their fundraising endeavors, while adhering to school district policies within a context of accountability.

EDUAAP 509 Principles of Coaching and First Aid

This course will address the critical issues in the development of a coach who not only elicits the best from his/her athletes, but does so safely and with an understanding of the identification of injury risks and treatment modalities. Students will explore the effective teaching of sport skills; assess the differences in psychological and psychomotor development; develop team building abilities and motivational techniques for athletes; construct the most effective practices; and recognize, treat and refer the variety of athletic injuries that may be encountered in this arena. (The skills taught herein are not a replacement for professional medical help, but offer information and strategies for temporary assistance until advanced medical help arrives.) NOTE: This is the course the covers the mandated PIAA requirements for coaches that starts in July of 2016.

For information about the M. Ed. in Athletic Administration and Coaching, please click on the link with that label.

Please contact Dr. David Mariner, Director of Graduate Programs in Education (, for more information or feel free to complete an online application.