Doctor of Education

Athletic Training Specialization

Locations: Online
Formats: Online
Program duration: The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less based on transfer credit and prior learning experience. The average time to degree is 4.33 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years.*

*The program can be completed in as few as 3 years or less depending on individual progress, traditional vs. accelerated pathway, credits transferred, prior learning experience, and other factors. The average time to degree is 4.33 years for students who have graduated within the last 3 years.

Overview of the Athletic Training Specialization

Overview of the Athletic Training Specialization

Whether you are seeking to further your athletic training education or you’re preparing for a career teaching college-level students in an athletic training program, the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Athletic Training at USAHS will help you achieve your goals.

College level educators for athletic training degree programs help prepare students not just for the licensing exam, but for a career as an athletic trainer. Focusing on career preparation and managing expectations for athletic training students helps them succeed in the profession. Adding the Athletic Training specialization to your EdD degree will position you as an academic expert in education for athletic trainers, offering a high level of expertise in teaching and leading the next generation of practitioners in the athletic training field.

Who Is the Athletic Training Specialization Designed For?

Who Is the Athletic Training Specialization Designed For?

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Athletic Training is ideal for working professionals who desire a higher academic terminal degree and experienced athletic trainers who wish to teach in higher education, especially providing education for athletic trainer students.

Adding the Athletic Training specialization to your EdD will enhance your expertise in evidence-based injury prevention, psychosocial strategies for patient care, concussion in sports, and more. You will be prepared to play a key role in enhancing the delivery of athletic healthcare, improve health outcomes for individuals and communities or advance your career to the highest level of athletic training positions.

The EdD Athletic Training specialization also allows you to pursue an academic career teaching college level athletic training courses. Graduates will be qualified to teach coursework in a number of areas in athletic training.

What You Will Learn Through the Online Athletic Training Specialization

By choosing the Athletic Training specialization, your education will include coursework in advanced athletic training concepts, optional immersions with guest speakers, interprofessional courses and independent directed studies designed to help accelerate your work on research projects.

Your coursework will provide courses designed specifically to provide an outstanding education for athletic trainers. Classes include:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Ethics in Healthcare
  • Evidence-Based Injury Prevention
  • Psychosocial Strategies for Patient Care
  • Concussion in Sport

Dissertation for advanced athletic training education

You will develop the area of focus for your dissertation in conjunction with our expert faculty advisors. Dissertation projects often include topics focused on athletic training faculty expertise in higher education and athletic training education clinical standards to help teach and prepare students to meet initial accreditation standards.

Learn From Expert Faculty in the Athletic Training Specialization

By earning your Doctor of Education with a specialization in Athletic Training, you will learn from and collaborate with expert faculty who are focused on your success. Our EdD faculty:

  • Hold terminal degrees (EdD or PhD)
  • Conduct research in education, leadership, technology, healthcare education, teaching, athletic training and learning
  • Are all published subject matter experts
  • Have been finalists in the Board of Excellence awards (including three winners)

By learning from and collaborating with our seasoned faculty members, you will develop strong insights into the most effective methods to provide a high-quality education for athletic trainer students.

Advance Your Networking and Interprofessional Learning

Join one of the best EdD programs with a specialization in Athletic Training for cross-disciplinary learning. Integrating interprofessional education (IPE) coursework and clinical simulation activities, our Athletic Training specialization prepares you to communicate and collaborate effectively with team members across disciplines. This helps you prepare to teach athletic training in the real world, broaden your skillset as an athletic training education professional and ultimately help patients enjoy better health outcomes.

Opportunities for EdD Graduates with a Specialization in Athletic Training

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for athletic trainers is expected to grow 17% through 2031—much faster than the national average for all jobs. This will require higher education institutions to hire additional athletic training education instructors. The BLS also reports that the median salary for postsecondary teachers was $79,640 in 2021, with a job growth rate of 12% (much faster than average) expected through 2031.

Obtaining your EdD with a specialization in Athletic Training will prepare you for a career position such as:

  • Adjunct professor/professor
  • Assistant professor
  • Academic leader in athletic training
  • Clinical or organizational athletic training leader
  • High level athletic training director or leader

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Nurse Educator Specialization

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