Stephen F. Austin State University

M.Ed. with Athletic Director Concentration

Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Athletic Director Concentration

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Become a leader in the field of public-school athletic administration with our new Master of Education in educational leadership with athletic director concentration. Through the important incorporation of field experiences, the 30-hour, fully online athletic director program prepares effective school leaders by teaching the specific skills and knowledge necessary to supervise both coaches and student-athletes.

The field-based component in each course connects the university coursework with transformative leadership experiences in the school setting. The students complete assigned and/or creative experiences that apply directly to each course, the Texas core competencies for administrators and the standards set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.

Graduate instruction is designed to complement students' current roles as they achieve new professional goals. Through this 30-hour program, students can fulfill the requirements for this master's degree, learn the skills needed for athletic administration and meet many of the requirements for eventual principal certification while remaining fully employed.

Note: This degree does not provide preparation for a Texas Education Agency certification because there is no State Board of Education certification specifically for athletic directors in Texas.

PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION Apply to the Graduate School through and complete the department application process.

PROGRAM DESIGN The athletic director concentration is offered in an online environment provided by highly qualified and experienced professors. The online program allows students the flexibility to complete their coursework in a time frame convenient for them.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS To be accepted to the M.Ed. Leadership program, for degree or professional certificate work, applicants must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Application forms are available through the Graduate School office and should be returned to the Graduate School office. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify for admission to the program. The admission process is designed to ensure a good match between the applicant and the department. Applicants must satisfy department requirements, including an application and professional profile. If you have questions, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Barbara Qualls, at (936) 468-6478 or

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Scholarships are available for students enrolled in SFA's Master of Education in educational leadership programs. This scholarship makes the cost of the program approximately $7,500 for the 30-hour master's degree in educational leadership. This does not include any other university fees or books. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature. Installment plans require an additional fee of $25.00. Parking permits can also be purchased for a fee. Cost of the Perkins College of Education student account for the Live Text data system is additional. If a student drops a course after classes begin, the full cost of the course without the scholarship will be charged to the student. Students are advised to consider carefully any decision to drop a course after classes begin. The scholarship is for Texas residents only.

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13018, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3018
Phone: (936) 468-6478 Fax: (936) 468-5837