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Professional and Executive Coaching Certificate Overview

Target Your Executive Coaching Certificate

Lewis University’s online Graduate Certificate in Professional and Executive Coaching* is an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours Program (ACSTH) 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.

Coaching Certificate Goals and Objectives

During the four coaching courses, students will acquire 50 of the 100 hours of coaching experience they need to sit for the ICF's credentialing exam.

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 resource 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.

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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 Certificate*, available online and on-campus. Call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or click here to request more information.

*Formerly known as the Graduate Certificate in Organizational and Leadership Coaching