Master of Education – Athletic Coaching Leadership Concentration

The University of Rio Grande Master of Education in ACL and IA programs aredesigned for teachers and others who are interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning, and student support. Our program is based on Howard Gardner's "Theory of Multiple Intelligences." Gardner believes that the human mind learns through at least eight different intelligences. We emphasize the arts throughout the curriculum as a catalyst for engaging multiple intelligences and encouraging learning and understanding. This program is given in a series of four-week summer sessions, and one half of our courses are made available over the Internet during the school year.

Online Learning

Our Internet courses are designed to be user-friendly and uncomplicated. Every course was team-developed, and each of our design teams is comprised of members that are highly experienced in their field. Making half of our courses available via the Internet during the school year allows teachers in our program to pilot the methodologies that we present in our courses in their own classroom as they accumulate the knowledge. Technical training and support are built into the program to maximize your learning experience using this exciting medium. An added benefit for the student is that the ability to take courses year round will allow one to complete the program sooner!

Description of the Program

The primary goal of the Athletic Coaching Leadership (ACL) concentration is to provide well-qualified coaches for all levels of sports programs. The ACL strives to address the diverse needs of the coaching profession and respond to the changing needs of prospective and practicing coaches. The ACL will not be sport specific. It will continue to develop appropriate sport and situation specific program content to ensure the enjoyment, safety and positive skills development of America’s coaches.

The interest in sport activities is at an all-time high in the United States and growing. Some factors that spark this interest involve the nature of the U.S. population. Children of the Baby Boomers are reaching high school and college age, which is also the highest level of participation in organized sports and recreation activities. Interest in women’s sports at every level is growing. This growth has created a need for competent people to fill coaching positions at all levels. The Athlete Coaching Leadership concentration is designed to help meet the challenges generated by this growth.

Today in education many challenges are faced. Coaching leadership faces many of the same challenges as education. This concentration is used as a means to develop self-reliant, self-disciplined, responsible, and capable coaches to lead young men and women. The ACL will continually improve coaches ability to instruct techniques, meet athlete needs, and advance sport performance. This coaching education program prepares both beginning coaches and experienced coaches, therefore we are not limited to teachers and coaches employed by school districts. We will prepare coaches who usually are responsible for short duration, recreational competition. On the other hand, the ACL will prepare experienced coaches who more likely work with elite athletes on a year-round basis and includes high level of competition, emphasizes advanced training, conditioning, techniques, and tactics.

Graduate Admissions

If thinking of applying to the University of Rio Grande, the process can be started immediately by contacting the Office of Admissions at 740-245-7026 or jgodeaux@rio.edu.

All of the following Education Core classes are required and several need to be taken in a specific sequence: Core Curriculum

The student is presented with new ways to use technology and research while building dispositions that will develop new leadership skills. The core curriculum gives the student the foundation for more effective study in the concentration areas.

Core Curriculum


Each of the following Athletic Coaching Leadership courses must be taken.

Course Numbers

Numbers 50000 and 60000 indicate Graduate Level courses. The last two numbers indicate the number of credit hours the course carries, ranging from 1 through 10. As an example, course number 50403 carries three semester hours.