Education Degree Programs to be Offered at Ray-Pec High School

William Woods University is offering Raymore and Peculiar area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of education (M.Ed.) in athletics/activities administration or a specialist of education (Ed.S.) degree. Both programs can be completed without quitting work.

The programs will begin with an orientation at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in room 211 of Ray-Pec High School, 21005 South School Road, Peculiar.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at

The M.Ed. in athletics/activities administration is for anyone interested in developing and administering activities in any school or community setting.

The degree is one of the few to be recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as meeting the educational requirements toward becoming a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) or a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA).

The degree enables athletic workers to improve their skills in their field and prepares them to take administrative roles in the area of athletics.

“This program is unique in that it will provide emphasis in middle school, secondary and intercollegiate athletics,” Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, said.

Kevin Hicks, the baseball and softball coach at Sturgeon High School in mid-Missouri, was named athletic director after completing his degree. He said the program was a “definite help.”

Phillip Dorman is athletic director of Platte County High School. With 900 students, it is one of the fastest growing high schools in the Kansas City area. He said the program would help him do a better job as an AD and he was thankful to find out about it.

The degree is a practical course of education for anyone who works with or has experience in athletics or school activities. Officials, athletic trainers, summer and town league coaches and administrators, directors of YMCA’s or Boys and Girls Clubs and even former collegiate athletes are just some of the potential participants in this program.

The program follows the same structure as other WWU graduate programs for working adults. Designed to be completed in fewer than two years, the 36-hour program involves a cohort group of students moving through together, attending each course one night a week for six weeks.

The specialist of education in school administration program prepares educational administrators to be certified for the superintendent’s certification or to pursue a doctorate degree. Miriam Spencer of Liberty, Mo., is a graduate of the program.

“The convenient schedule and the way the curriculum covered material that I could immediately put to use was the greatest strength of the program,” she said.

She added, “I have referred several people to the program. I explain that the format, location, and variety of professors were great. The grandest opportunity was to spend time with professionals from a variety of districts and learn about best practices from others.”

William Woods offers several Graduate & Adult Studies programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree (BSW).

Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA) and MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis, as well as a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration and in curriculum/instruction and a specialist of education (EDS) in school administration and in curriculum leadership.

William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at