William Woods Offers Program in Athletics/Activities Administration

William Woods University is one of the few schools nationwide offering the master of education in athletics/activities administration. Now WWU is bringing the program to Springfield area residents.


The program will begin with an orientation at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Immaculate Conception School, 3555 S. Freemont. 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 cgas@williamwoods.edu.


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 Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean. “The few programs currently available only emphasize the middle and secondary levels.”


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,” McCarthy 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.


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


In addition to the M.Ed. in athletics/activities administration, William Woods offers several other Graduate & Adult Studies programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in marketing, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree.


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


More information on the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program is available at www.williamwoods.edu.