Target Your Executive Coaching Certificate

Lewis University's online Graduate Certificate in Professional and Executive Coaching1 is an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP)through the International Coach Federation (ICF). This means that the certificate courses will meet all required coach training hours for students to become certified coaches through the ICF.

The certificate provides the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of business coaching theory, methodology and techniques. The executive coaching certificate program also teaches students executive coaching skills that are essential for motivating employees and leaders to realize their full potential.

Taught by qualified coaching practitioners, students will focus on executive coaching theories, tools and techniques that can help transform individuals into effective and trusted leaders.

Watch our recorded Virtual Open House to discover more about the program highlights, curriculum overview and coaching certification options.

A C T P. Accredited Coach Training Program. International Coach Federation.

The Value of ICF & BCC Credentials

Our Professional and Executive Coaching certificate is accredited by the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners, International Coach Federation (ICF). Masterful, integral and dedicated professionals that have invested in the academic rigor like of our certificate offers can pursue professional credentials by earning the 125 training hours required by ICF, which can be completed in as soon as 9 months through our program.

By being an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), our certificate provides students all 125 training hours needed to sit for ICF’s Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). Through the experience, mentorship, peer practice and upskilling offered in this program, students have the opportunity to lead a successful coaching career. This type of program offers students thorough experience, mentorship, peer practice and upskilling opportunities to lead a successful coaching career.

Another credential that students are prepared to pursue in our program is the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential. This mark of distinction is for those who have achieved specific coaching competency standards established by Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and subject matter experts.3 All of our faculty also hold this credential, meaning what you are taught in this program is industry-relevant information that has been practiced in the real world.

Coaching Certificate Goals and Objectives

During the four coaching courses, students will fulfill all the training hours needed to apply for the ICF coaching credential. This will allow students to submit their coaching experience hours and take the ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment.

Ideal Coaching Students

The Professional and Executive Coaching certificate is ideal for anyone who seeks to become an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set themselves apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees.

Successful certificate graduates will:

  • Learn how to develop the ability to coach both on the phone as well as face to face
  • Establish a practice, whether it is inside an organization or as an independent consultant
  • Work with the most up-to-date, research-based coaching strategies and best practices, as well as the theories behind them
  • Use research models to determine personal coaching styles

Successful certificate graduates will be able to:

  • Coach within an organization
  • Create coaching programs for your work teams
  • Develop an independent practice
  • Implement these techniques as a human resources professional

This 18-credit hour program consists of six graduate online courses and is designed for professionals currently working in a wide variety of corporate and nonprofit industries. Students will not be required to attend classes at the Lewis University campus in Romeoville, Ill.

Graduate Certificate Core Courses (6 credits)

ORGL-50900 Leadership: Theories, Practices and Context (3 credits)
This course provides an analysis of foundational theories and practices of leadership, emphasizing the application of theoretical concepts to real-life leadership situations. Also examined are the impact of organizational history and structure on today's leadership challenges. Psychometric instruments used in this course: Big Five Personality Test, Type A, Locus of Control, Machiavelli Scale, Emotional Intelligence, modified MBTI, Self-Monitoring, Narcissism.

ORGL-52400 Assessing Leadership Skills (3 credits)
This course provides extensive opportunity for self-assessment and discovery of leadership abilities, as well as communication, decision-making and learning styles. It explores personality theories, key contributors and factors, including personal and professional experiences, values and attitudes. Course provides students with the opportunity to discover, discuss and analyze their leadership style utilizing several inventories for identifying leadership competencies. Focus is on applying various instruments to assess effectiveness of personal, interpersonal and organizational leadership styles. Psychometric instruments used in this course: MBTI, Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTSII), FIRO-B, Rath StrengthsFinder.

Graduate Certificate Concentration Courses (12 credits)

ORGL-54600 Introduction to Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of organizational and leadership coaching and introduces students to the 11 coaching competencies, their significance and how to apply them in working with coaching clients. It also provides context for coaching credentials, niches and specialties, professional connections and organizing yourself as a coach. The course provides an introduction to the role and application of ethics and standards in the professional coaching environment. It is a foundational class that will assist students in developing the knowledge and resources needed to handle ethical dilemmas that present themselves in the coach-client relationship.

ORGL-54700 Coaching Methodologies (3 credits)
This course teaches students how to apply various different coaching models and techniques to real-world coaching scenarios. The models offer a useful, powerful structure and steps to follow in the coaching process. Students will learn how to incorporate systems elements into coaching within organizational settings. Topics include the A-B-C Model, Appreciative Coaching, Career Coaching and uncovering deep structure thoughts. This course will build on the Solution Focused Coaching model and will include peer practice sessions.

ORGL-54800 Building a Coaching Practice (3 credits)
This course teaches students how to strategically plan and create their coaching practice from the point of view of the successful independent practitioner as well as how to start a coaching initiative within an organization. Topics include defining the right approach to attract coaching clients, making the correct choice about niches and specialties, using technology to manage and grow a coaching practice, how to expand into corporate coaching markets, client retention and referrals and how to leverage strategic coaching alliances.
Prerequisite: ORGL-54600 Introduction to Professional and Executive Coaching

ORGL-54900 Coaching Research (3 credits)
This course teaches students the basic concepts about qualitative and quantitative research practices and discusses how these are applied to the field of coaching. This course also provides students with an overview of how to use leadership assessments in a coaching relationship. These leadership assessments are often used in coaching to develop the client's awareness, to jump-start the initial phase of the coaching and to provide data for goal setting and return on investment.
Prerequisite: ORGL-54600 Introduction to Professional and Executive Coaching

Learn More

Take the next step toward discovering your true leadership abilities with Lewis University's Professional and Executive Coaching Certificate1, available online and on campus. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or click here to request more information.

Interested in visiting the campus? Lewis University is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Romeoville, Ill.

Formerly known as the Graduate Certificate in Organizational and Leadership Coaching
The Professional and Executive Coaching certificate recently updated from an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours Program (ACSTH) to an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through International Coaching Federation (ICF). This accreditation applies to students enrolled in the fall 2019 term and beyond.
3 Source: Center of Credentialing and Education