A Master of Coaching Education degree can give students an advanced understanding of sports performance, coaching effectiveness, mental techniques, conditioning, and nutrition for future careers in the sports world.
The degree is designed for aspiring and existing coaches at the junior/youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic levels who are looking to further their knowledge and careers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of coaching jobs is expected to grow by around 6% between 2014 and 2024. This will create 14,800 new professional coaching jobs in an industry that already has 250,600 roles. The main driver behind this growth is the anticipated rise in high school enrollment, leading to opportunities in high school sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, and track and field. There are also plenty of international opportunities to consider. 
Forbes reported that the U.S. sports market was worth over $60 billion in 2014. That number is expected to rise to more than $73 billion by 2019. 
Coaching also ranks as an attractive career in education, with an unemployment rate of just 4.8% and a growth rate of 6%. 
Coaches teach athletes the skills that they need to succeed in their chosen sport. Many coaches also work as scouts, spotting talented athletes on the rise. The average salary for a coach is $31,460 per year, but remuneration varies widely in professional coaching, and the BLS reports that the highest 10% made more than $71,940. 
There is the potential to earn big as a coach in certain sports. While rare, coaches at the professional or college level can command massive salaries.
For example, college football head coaches at the NCAA Football Bowl Series (FBS) level make an average of $1.75 million a year. College coaches at the lower NCAA levels make less. Assistant coaching staffs tend to be sizeable, and assistant or position coaches at the highest levels can make six figures. 
Scouts seek out new players, assess their abilities and evaluate their chances of succeeding at their sport. Scouts operate at college, amateur, and professional levels.
Both coaches and scouts tend to work varied and irregular hours that might include weekends, evenings, and holidays. Full-time coaches will very often work long hours (more than 40 hours a week) when their sport is in-season. Extensive travel is required for sporting events and for meeting talent when working in a scouting capacity.
High school teachers roles can specialize in physical education and coach school teams. The average salary was $58,030 in 2015. 
There are a number of other roles for which the Master of Coaching Education can help prepare you. Some of these include: 
Reputable Master of Coaching Education programs will structure their curricula around the requirements of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), which defines the national standards for coaches. 
This involves crafting the curriculum around the eight domains of coaching for creating winning teams and athletes, as recognized by the National Standards for Sport Coaches. These encapsulate a recognized and core body of knowledge based on scientific evidence, with identifiable competencies required of coaches at all levels. They include: 
The length of an online master’s degree program can depend on a number of variables, perhaps the most prominent of which is the pace at which you choose to study. You can finish a typical master’s degree program in about two to three years if you choose to study full-time, although some accelerated programs may be able to help you finish more quickly.
Online master’s degree programs tend to offer flexibility suitable for students who choose to study part-time. This option will likely extend your time to completion, but it can allow you to study while fulfilling your familial, social, and professional obligations.
You can find more information on this topic at our program length overview page.
While each program will set its admission requirements based on its own criteria, many requirements are universal across all programs. No matter where you apply, you can expect to provide items like transcripts from previous degrees or coursework; standardized test scores; a personal statement or essay; letters of recommendation; and an overview of relevant work experience.
In certain cases, some of these requirements may be waived.
For more information about admissions, please visit our admissions requirements page.
A wide range of degrees exists in athletics and coaching. These qualifications may be differently named, but their programs often offer content comparable to the Master of Coaching Education.
There are various associations that can be of value to Master of Coaching Education students and graduates. Membership can offer access to industry networking, information and news, job postings, further training, and other benefits. Relevant associations include:
Regional accreditation is the most prestigious type of accreditation that an online or traditional college or university can receive. It is granted only after careful consideration by private, not-for-profit organizations tasked with evaluating educational quality.
Regional accreditation is particularly important if you anticipate that you might want to transfer credits from one online degree program to another or use those credits to pursue another degree. Most regionally accredited schools will only accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.
You can learn more on this topic at our regional accreditation page.
What accreditations should I be looking for?
In addition to regional accreditation, you should be aware of some of the following specialized agencies:
There are a number of factors that can greatly affect how much your education will cost. These include whether you attend a public or private institution; whether you attend as an in-state or out-of-state student; and whether you qualify for financial aid like grants or scholarships.
For a more detailed breakdown of tuition, fees, and other financial issues, please visit our tuition and fees page.
Loan forgiveness programs are a possibility for graduates who go on to become certified teachers after graduation. If you hope to pursue a career in education or another public sector job, be sure to check the U.S. Department of Education for further details on loan forgiveness.