G&AS Program Expands Again to Meet the Needs of Missouri Educators

William Woods University has once again raised the standard for excellent education options for working adults. The university joins a distinct few programs nationwide that will offer the master of education in athletics/activities administration this fall.

A natural offshoot of the university’s developing division of human performance, the master of education in athletics/activities administration 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,” explains Martha Wayne, WWU’s director of education recruitment. “The few programs currently available only emphasize the middle and secondary levels.”

The program will begin Sept. 22, with the first cohort group meeting in Columbia. Following the initial year, plans for expansion include St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield.

This 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.

“Although it sounds as if this program is designed mostly for coaches, it is in reality designed for anyone who needs more knowledge in developing and administering activities in any school or community setting,” Wayne said. “We encourage band directors, cheerleading coaches, academic team coaches all to participate in this training.”

The program will follow the same structure as other WWU graduate programs. 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.

In addition to the athletics/activities administration degree, the WWU Graduate and Adult Studies program will also be launching another course option in the education specialist program.

Beginning in June, participants will be able to enroll in the education specialist in instructional leadership program, which will offer students the opportunity to develop skills necessary to become a leader in curriculum evaluation, development and implementation on the building and district level.

Several schools in Missouri offer the educational specialist in administration, but few offer the degree program emphasizing instruction and curriculum development.

“William Woods has been a leader in innovative graduate education programs in Missouri for the last 10 years,” Wayne said. “This is another example of WWU taking the lead in serving Missouri students.”