Online Master’s in Coaching Education

About the MCE Program

The Ohio University online Master’s in Coaching Education program is nationally-recognized as a leader in preparing coaches to excel at all levels of competition. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on areas of coaching that directly impact athletic performance and is built around NASPE’s “8 Domains of Coaching.” As a result, our graduates are equipped with the technical and leadership skills necessary to maximize team performance and ensure a lasting coaching career.

Why OHIO Coaching Education?

Ohio University’s online master’s degree in Coaching Education helps active coaches build their coaching abilities by providing advanced technical proficiency, tactical knowledge, and leadership skills. Because most of the coursework is 100% online, this program allows students to continue coaching and stay active in their current position, while developing their knowledge and acquiring new competencies.

Coaching Curriculum

Built around the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE’s) Eight Domains of Coaching Competencies, the curriculum is a comprehensive coaching education that encompasses the eight domains for successfully coaching elite athletes and winning teams.

COED 5901|Global Sport Coaching Seminar

This course is designed to present cutting edge information relative to coaching athletes, from experts in the field, as you network with colleagues at Ohio University. Students will participate in conference events during a four (4) day period during the summer.

The Global Sport Seminar was the most deeply rewarding coaching experience I’ve ever had outside of the playing field.
- Leander Peters, Current online MCE student

COED 6100|Introduction to Sport Coaching Education

This course is designed to present cutting edge information relative to coaching elite athletes.

COED 6110|Foundations for Sport Coaching

This course is designed to provide the principles and methods necessary to become an effective sport coach at all levels.

COED 6120|Management and Leadership in Sport

This course reviews contemporary theories related to management and leadership, and discusses their applications to sports coaching.

COED 6130|Finance for Sport Coaches

This course is designed for coaches of all levels to assist them in all aspects of the financial management of their program.

COED 6140|Psychology of Sport Coaching

This course focuses on the analysis of psychological factors and principles designed to assist coaches in their ability to describe, explain, and predict behaviors of sports participants.

COED 6150|Injury Prevention and Risk Management

This course provides an overview of injury prevention and risk management issues and their associated legal risks for coaches in sports organizations.

COED 6160|Performance and Conditioning for Sport Coaches

This course presents principles and applications of exercise physiology for sports coaches.

COED 6170|Ethics and Diversity for Sport Coaches

This course focuses on ethics, rights, and responsibilities related to sport coaching.

COED 6200|Research and Analysis Methods for Athletic Coaches

This course is designed to help the coach understand the relationship between research and the practice of coaching. It will help you become better at finding, reading, and interpreting information, as well as gaining insight into problem solving and critical thinking through research.

COED 6400|Coach Performance Evaluation

During this course students will demonstrate effective sport coaching through the submission of evidence-based and video documentation.

COED 6340|Guided Independent Study – Athlete Recovery

During this course students will learn methods for analyzing performance in individual and team sport.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I complete all the courses online?

All of the courses are online, except for the Global Sport Coaching Seminar, for which you are required to come to the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. During this seminar, you will build your professional network by interacting with the program faculty and fellow students face-to-face and complete a 3-credit course. The on-campus visit typically lasts about four days.

Is the GRE required?

GRE scores are not required for qualified applicants. However, if you have already taken the GRE, you may submit the scores with your application.

I have taken a number of graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?

No. This is a lockstep program, so all students admitted during the same year will start the program together (in the same cohort) and complete the required courses in a sequence.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It will take about 24 months to finish the program.

What is the cost of this program?

The cost per credit hour for in-state students is $571 for a total of $20,556 and for out-of-state it is $590 for a total of $21,240. Fees, books and other learning materials used during the program are not included in the tuition. For the on-campus seminar in Athens, you are responsible for your travel costs, room, breakfast, and special group dinners during your visit. Your Program Manager will help you coordinate room sharing and car-pooling for the seminar.

Do you allow participants to take a few, or a majority of the courses, but not all of the courses required of the whole program?

No. All students admitted will be required to take all courses for the program.

When I graduate, what will my diploma read?

Your diploma will read “Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Coaching Education.” Your diploma will not say the word “online”.

How many courses will I take at a time?

You take one course at a time during a 7-week period. After a short break, the next 7-week course begins. These two courses make up a single semester. This format carries through the entire program.

How much study time is required?

While every student is different, most students find that the program takes from 8 to 12 hours of study per week.

Why Choose Ohio University

A Tradition of Educational Excellence

Founded in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest university in Ohio, and the ninth oldest public university in the United States. Ohio University’s main campus is located on 1,800 acres in Athens, Ohio, with five regional campuses spread across the state.

Today, Ohio University is one of the largest universities in Ohio, with a total enrollment of more than 19,000 on the Athens campus, and more than 28,000 students on all campuses. The school features more than 250 undergraduate programs spread through 11 distinct colleges. There are currently close to 4,500 students in graduate programs at Ohio University.

Ohio University is proud of its rich history, diverse campus, international community, educational offerings, accomplished faculty, and remains dedicated to helping students achieve their intellectual and personal development.

A Tradition of Educational Excellence
Patton College of Education

The Patton College of Education

Originally known as Ohio University’s Normal Department (a term commonly used at the time for academies that prepared students for the teaching profession), The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education was founded on May 11, 1886 and was the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio.

Today, more than 100 faculty members of The Patton College prepare educators to be leaders in the education field, serving in excess of 1,800 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. Housed in McCracken Hall and Grover Center on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio, The Patton College proudly continues its long history of academic excellence.

Nationally Ranked

Ohio University has been recognized for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News & World Report.
  • As a Tier 1 institution, Ohio University is consistently top ranked among American public universities. Ohio University has been ranked among the nation’s top research universities in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report
  • In its 2014 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university’s undergraduate program 135th among national universities. Additionally, the university is ranked #92 for their College of Education graduate programs.

NFHS Partner

Ohio University is a Corporate Partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Regionally Accredited

Ohio University is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

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Admissions Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Proof of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours
  • A minimum of 3 years coaching experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A two- to four-page statement of purpose essay
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • A completed admissions application $50 application fee; $55 for international students*
  • GRE not required
* International students should contact an enrollment advisor for additional admissions requirements
Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

  • Spring 2016
  • Application deadline is December 4, 2015
  • Registration deadline is December 28, 2015
  • Orientation begins January 7, 2016
  • Summer 2016
  • Application deadline is TBD
  • Registration deadline is TBD
  • Orientation begins TBD


Invest in your future by investing in yourself. Ohio University prides itself on offering affordable, yet academically rigorous, education.

Master’s in Coaching Education online (2014-2015)*

  • Total program tuition $20,556 (Ohio resident); $21,240 (non-Ohio resident)
  • Cost per semester credit hour $571 (Ohio resident); $590 (non-Ohio resident)
  • 36 total semester credit hours
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Getting the Money You Need for School

Financial aid to help you pay for your graduate-level education is available from a variety of sources, such as federal Stafford loans, private sources, and sometimes employer assistance programs. We encourage you to research all of the financing options available.

For more assistance please contact the Ohio University Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Ohio University School Code: 003100

Our Stories

Students and Graduates

Ellison Huggins

Current Student

“The MCE program has opened my eyes tremendously to a new approach to coaching athletics. The courses offered are detailed, well-organized and thoroughly planned out for whatever sport that you coach. This is a well-rounded program for those that want to improve their coaching abilities.”

Jim Whittaker

2013 Graduate

“I’ve always loved sports, but this program gave me a level of passion for coaching that I’ve never had before. In fact, when I was almost finished with the program, I was excited about getting my master’s degree, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end!”

Channing Kimball

2013 Graduate

“I was so happy that this program was online, I didn’t realize though how much I enjoyed the one-time on-campus seminar experience. It was great to experience a connection to the university, my classmates, and professors. I made connections with other coaches who coach different sports and who I would not have met otherwise. I have a whole new network of coaching colleagues who I can communicate with even after graduation.”

Richard McArthur

2013 Graduate

“As a direct result of this degree, I’ve been presented teaching and coaching opportunities at the collegiate level. These doors would not be opening for me had I not received my master’s degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University.”

Janelle Higgins

2012 Graduate

“I was looking for a master’s program that would allow me to still coach and not lose that step since I’m already a head coach. I also wanted to get a master’s in something that I enjoy doing – and that is coaching.”

Matt Karlgaard

2012 Graduate

“I chose this program over other master’s programs because of the ease of online classes and how it fit into what I was doing. I didn’t have to pick up and move somewhere else. I was still able to coach while earning my master’s degree.”


Meet our qualified and talented educators, fully dedicated to your development and performance in the field of coaching. Our faculty is comprised of a diverse team of professionals who have dedicated their careers to coaching, mentoring, teaching, training and working with coaches and athletes.

Bill Steffen, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Bill Steffen

Dr. Bill Steffen serves as the Chair of Sport Coaching at the US Sports Academy. Dr. Steffen has an extensive background in coaching, having served as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Oregon and the Assistant Soccer Coach at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Furman University, Greensboro College, and most recently the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Steffen received his doctorate from UNCG in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Dr. Steffen’s publications have addressed coaching education, team cohesion, and mental toughness. His research has been published in journals aimed at coaching and professional populations. Dr. Steffen has presented research to many groups and learned societies including the Association for the Advancement of Sport Psychology.As a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Staff Coach, Dr. Steffen has presented at the NSCAA National Convention on several occasions. While at UNC, Dr. Steffen helped the Tar Heels win two NCAA National Championships while coaching such notables as Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tracy Noonan among others.

Dr. Steffen played professionally for the Albany Capitals of the ASL and APSL. An avid outdoor runner, Dr. Steffen has run the Grand Canyon several times.

Daniel Czech, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Daniel Czech earned his B.S. in Psychology and Physical Education from Denison University, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently teaches Foundations of Coaching II in the Master’s of Coaching Education program at Ohio University. Dr. Czech is also an associate professor, graduate program director, and sport psychology coordinator in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Czech’s research interests include the effects of optimism and pessimism on sport performance, change of health behaviors in college-aged individuals, the cultural and social aspects of sport and exercise, the use of prayer as a mental enrichment, and the use of psychological skills to improve performance. He serves as a mental consultant to many professional athletes in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball as well as an ambassador for Major League Baseball International.

Cory Dobbs, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Cory Dobbs

Dr. Cory Dobbs holds an MBA from Lindenwood University and an Ed.D. From Northern Arizona University. He teaches Management and Leadership in the Master’s of Coaching Education program at Ohio University. He also instructs courses at the graduate colleges of business and education at Northern Arizona University. He has a coaching background in basketball and coached at Grand Canyon University and Phoenix College.

Dr. Dobbs’ research interests include sport leadership, conversational learning, and adult learning theory. He is the founder and President of The Academy for Sport Leadership, an organization focusing on leadership development courses and curriculum for student athletics.

Sheri Huckleberry, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Online Master’s in Coaching Education

Sheri Huckleberry

Dr. Sheri Huckleberry currently teaches the initial Coaching Workshop, Athlete Recovery and is responsible for planning the Global Sport Coaching Seminar.

In June 2011, Dr. Huckleberry earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Studies and Evaluation and emphasis in Coaching Education from Ohio University. Her doctoral research focused on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches. She also had interest in the evaluation and assessment of coaching education programs.

Laura Miele-Pascoe, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Laura Miele-Pascoe, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Miele-Pascoe is an expert in sport and recreation with specific expertise in sports psychology, personal training, fitness facilities management and injury prevention. She is an accomplished athlete as well as an experienced trainer, coach and teacher.

Dr. Miele holds a Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, a Master’s in Education: Alternative Education/Minor: Education Administration and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She was a middle school and high school Physical Education teacher from 1997 to 2006, and then returned to education from 2011 to 2014 after managing the Sport Injury Prevention Program for a Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Miele continues to consult schools, athletic directors, coaches, parents, and student-athletes on the importance of preventative tactics in sports. Dr. Miele played Division I basketball at Arizona State; was Tight End for the Arizona Caliente, of the Women’s Professional Football League; and was also a New York Golden Gloves semi-finalist in 2004. She began coaching athletes in 1986 and has been involved as a personal exercise and fitness trainer since 1994.

Paul Nesselroade, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Paul Nesselroade photo

Dr. Nesselroade has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Louisville and is currently a full-time professor and program director for the Psychology program at Asbury University. He is published in a wide variety of journals including the Journal of Coaching Education, The Journal of Psychology and Marketing, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Autonomic Neuroscience, and the Journal of Creative Behavior.

Dr. Nesselroade has coached collegiate soccer at the NAIA level for 13 years, winning 5 conference championships and accumulating numerous Coach-of-the-Year awards.

Linda Schoenstedt, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Linda Schoenstedt teaches Ethics in Sports for the Ohio University MCE program. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Studies at Xavier University and has held the position of head volleyball coach at The University of Iowa, Wright State University, Montana Tech, and Montana State University – Northern. Her distinctions include being named Big Ten Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1995.

Dr. Schoenstedt’s research interests include coaching education, social media in sports, sport spectatorship and consumerism, and gender issues in sports. She earned her B.A. in Physical Education, an M.Ed in Career Guidance and Counseling from Montana State University – Northern, an M.S.T. in Physical Education from University of Montana, and an Ed.D. from Montana State University.

Michael Sheridan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan, Ph.D. has more than 20 years of experience in education as a college and high school coach and teacher. He is an adjunct faculty member in several university graduate coaching education programs and is the Chair of Coaching Science for the Sports Science division of Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD).

Dr. Sheridan is the author of several published articles on coaching science and youth sports participation and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Coaching Education, a peer-reviewed journal for coaching education professionals. His background also includes serving as a coaching education trainer, certified to instruct coaching courses produced by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and an Associate Trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Support Staff

Jacqueline Levine

Jacqueline Levine

Student Services Coordinator

My name is Jackie Levine and I am the Student Services Coordinator for the Master’s in Coaching program at Ohio University. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, I have practiced Speech Pathology in a variety of settings (schools, nursing homes, hospital), worked for a nonprofit organization, and had a website design business. I have over 15 years of experience in customer service, including about 7 years supporting students in higher education, and I truly enjoy getting to know all of you and assisting you on your path to success.

Sean Dove

Sean Dove

Enrollment Advisor

My name is Sean Dove. I have worked in the academic field for over five years. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida State University and also earned my MBA from Keller School of Management. Some of my interests outside of work include skydiving, international travel, cars and college football.

Coaches tend to be some of the most passionate, dedicated professionals I’ve ever known. I enjoy working on the online master’s in Coaching Education so I get to work with these dedicated coaches as they advance their careers.

Trevor Goodworth

Trevor Goodworth

Enrollment Advisor

I have worked in education for several years, teaching and training people in foreign currency exchange and now coaching education. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Devry University in business management. My passion is sports, particularly football and basketball. I’m a huge New Orleans Saints fan and I enjoy playing flag football when I’m not working.

I really enjoy working with coaches and helping them take their education and careers to the next level.

Shan Loo

Shan Loo

Enrollment Advisor

Hi my name is Shan Loo, one of your enrollment advisors here at Ohio University. I’ve been coaching youth basketball for more than four years. I also work with several professional basketball training organizations, as well as with collegiate and NBA trainers. I’ve been an Enrollment Advisor with Ohio University for two years.

Being a basketball coach myself, I’m always stressing the importance of the team concept to my players. What I enjoy most of all about our MCE team is that we are committed, focused and driven to work together and use all of our resources to help our students reach their unlimited coaching potential.

Online MCE Videos

Why OHIO’s Online MCE Program

Our Students

Meet Kristy, Online MCE Graduate

Kristy is a proud graduate of the online MCE program. Hear from Kristy as she talks about her experience in the program.

Kristy is a proud graduate of the online MCE program. Hear from Kristy as she talks about her experience in the program.

Meet Chris, Online MCE Graduate

Hear Chris’s story as he talks about why he chose OHIO’s online MCE program and how it has helped him in his current position.

Hear Chris’s story as he talks about why he chose OHIO’s online MCE program and how it has helped him in his current position.

Student Experience Webinar

Hear from our student panelists from our May 2014 webinar.

Hear from our student panelists from our May 2014 webinar.