General Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, MAED (Coaching)

Masters of Arts in Education Degree in General Kinesiology and Sports Sciences with a Specialization in Coaching

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online General Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, MAED with specialization in Coaching is designed for current and aspiring professionals working in sports administration or coaching fields.

Students choose this program to:

  • Gain advanced knowledge in sports management, recreation or coaching.
  • Become equipped to manage and provide leadership in sports.
  • Through the program, students will advance their coaching methods and technique while enhancing their expertise in the following areas: sports nutrition, sports psychology, biomechanics, injury care and prevention, exercise physiology and strength training and conditioning program design.

Students may choose from either a thesis or non-thesis option.

This program offers two different specializations that students can choose from, including coaching and sports administration.

Career Outlook: The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for coaches and scouts is growing at a rate of 11%, much faster than the average for all occupations. This demand is primarily attributed to the increase of participation in high school and college sports.

Career opportunities include:

  • Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Fitness Center Manager

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A written personal statement

    Personal essay regarding the student's career goals directly related to the specific program of study (and chosen specialization area).

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PE 801PPsychology of Sport3
Study of psychological principles and theories as applied to physical education and athletics. Motor learning, motivation, personality, roles of participants, coaches and spectators will be among topics discussed.
PE 861Physiology of Exercise3
Physiological processes of body as pertain to physical activity. How trained and untrained individuals differ, and importance of training.
PE 800Philosophy of PE, Sports, Recreation and Coaching3
Will look at the historical backgrounds and philosophic bases from which contemporary physical education, recreation, sports and coaching has evolved. Students will also explore current issues in the areas of physical education, recreation, sport and coaching.
PE 807Governance and Ethics in Sport3
This course is designed to give sports management students understanding and background in compliance and its relationship to amateurism, gender equity, fair competition, and the legislative process within the sport governance structure. This course will provide an understanding of the principles, applications and techniques of formulating policy, rules interpretations, and enforcement.
PE 830Management and Leadership in Athletics and Coaching3
This course is designed to emphasize the desirable skills needed for an administrator in the areas of sport, athletic training, recreation, and coaching. Topics to be covered will include management, leadership, organizational development, administration principles, policies and procedures, communication and legal aspects.
PE 850Research Method in Kinesiology & Sport Sciences3
Knowledge of research terminology, methodology and applications in research for the areas of Kinesiology and sport.
PE 810Sport Coaching Methods/Techniques3
This course is designed to assist the prospective coach with gaining competence in applying competitive tactics and strategies appropriate to the sport environment. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing effective scouting procedures, conducting efficient practice sessions, utilizing game management strategies and skill analysis.
PE 832Applied Biomechanics of Sport Motion3
The course is designed to provide the student with an ability to subjectively evaluate human sport movement. Specific attention will be paid to the ability or lack of ability for a person to perform movement associated with common sport activities.
PE 835Program Design: Strength Training and Conditioning3
This course is designed to provide an advanced overview of programming for strength training and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on program development for collegiate level athletes with and emphasis on exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.
PE 844Foundations of Injury Care and Prevention3
This course will provide basic and advanced information regarding prevention and management of injuries that typically occur in a physically active population. The course is intended for students are currently in or are going to enter the field of coaching, physical education, recreation and fitness management. For these students, some knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of health care for both recreational and competitive athletes is "essential" for them to effectively perform the associated responsibility of their job. The information gained in this course provides guidance, suggestions and recommendations for handling athletic health care situations when an athletic trainer or physician is not available.
PE 840Essentials of Sport Nutrition3
This course, designed primarily for those who do not have extensive background in nutrition and physiology, focuses on the basic dietary practices necessary to facilitate optimal exercise & sport performance.
PE 845Motor Development and Learning3
This course addresses the study of changes in motor behavior from infancy through adolescence influenced by physical growth, neurological maturation, and information processing on motor performance. In addition, the course will expand upon how various constraints impact motor performance. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the process of development, how motor skills are acquired, as well as, best instructional practice to facilitate correct movement patterns through a life span.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 10
  • Spring SemesterNov 10
  • Summer SessionsApr 10