Mount Marty College Announces New Master’s in Coaching Leadership Program

March 15, 2018

YANKTON, SD — Area educators and others seeking to gain a master’s degree now have a new, flexible, and affordable option with a focus in leadership: Mount Marty College (MMC) recently announced the addition of a Master of Education in Coaching Leadership track to its Master of Education program. Master’s students can complete the hybrid (online and on-campus) program in as few as five semesters. The program is now accepting applications for Fall 2018.

“We know how important it is for our Master’s in Education students to be efficient with time and money, so we designed the program to be focused and impactful and at a tuition rate that makes sense for coaches and teachers,” said MMC Director of Graduate Teacher Education Debbi McCuin. “New students in our Coaching Leadership program will benefit from low costs, practical experience, and support from faculty.”

MMC’s new master’s program will provide both recent graduates and other adults seeking a master’s degree with a transformational experience that connects the world of athletics with faith, philosophy of learning, and a dedication to service. The program, which is made up of ten courses covering the full range of coaching competencies recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is designed to prepare the next generation of advanced coaching professionals.

Taking a combination of online and evening courses, students in the program will meet on MMC’s Yankton campus one evening a week. The program focuses on experiential learning with expert faculty who stay abreast of best practices and new trends in coaching and athlete development.

Mount Marty College Athletic Director Chris Kassin says the program fills a need not only for area coaches looking to hone their skills but also for fresh talent seeking professional experience.

“This program provides a unique opportunity to learn best coaching practices and then apply those practices in a real-world coaching environment,” says Kassin, “With our individualized and engaged learning environment, Mount Marty is the right school for this type of hands-on program as students will be exposed to all aspects of the coaching and athletic world.”

Prospective students looking for real-world coaching experience and financial support can also apply to the graduate assistant (GA) program. A limited number of partial tuition assistantships are available for selected GAs who will work side-by-side with coaches in all aspects of recruitment, practice, strength training and day-to-day coaching tasks.