Individual, Group, and Team Coaching in Specialty Area - Certificate

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a Certificate in Individual, Team, and Group Coaching in three Specialty Areas. This certificate allows graduate students to receive in-depth training in the theory and praxis of coaching for personal, professional, and leadership development whether working with individuals, teams, or groups. According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity, and leadership.”

To accommodate the degree and career interests of students, there are three specialty tracks to choose from: coaching in education (in partnership with the Bilingual and ESL Program in the Department of Educational Psychology), coaching in human resource development (in partnership with the Department of Human Resource Development), and coaching in sports management (in partnership with the Department of Sports Management).

In addition, completion of two primary coaching courses will make students eligible to pursue becoming an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) level via the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Students do not need to pursue a specialty area in order to be eligible for coaching certification. More information about coaching certification can be found on their website at

The coaching courses encompass the elements of highly experiential education as defined by the Association for Experiential Education. For those open to growth these courses can be transformational at personal, professional, and leadership levels.