Coaching is an increasingly desired business and managerial skill set that facilitates results and objectives for individuals, clients, employees, managers, leaders, and teams. The Diploma in Coaching is designed for professionals who desire to build foundational and practical knowledge of coaching as a development process that shapes leaders’ abilities to achieve professional and organizational goals, as well as individuals’ abilities to achieve personal goals. As a student in this program, you will learn and apply skills and techniques that support empowered client goal achievement by incorporating multidisciplinary approaches, theory, and foundations into the applied practice of coaching. This program is geared toward motivated professionals who seek to improve their coaching skills through focused practice and who wish to pursue coaching as a profession or to grow their leadership and management skills within their existing profession.
The Diploma is designed to educate professionals who are new to coaching and to retrain practicing coaches in a structured and thorough way. It leverages a defined competency model that focuses on foundations and industry best practices, as well as the skills, expertise, and structure required to effectively coach clients in individual conversations—from acquisition and engagement contracting through successful completion.
The program may be submitted for review directly to ICF (International Coach Federation) as coach-specific training hours when applying for an ICF credential via the ICF Portfolio Path.
As a student in this program, you will be required to develop reflection papers to demonstrate coaching skill competency in interactive coaching experiences and to articulate personal strengths and development areas as a coach, choosing appropriate strategies to support clients facing common dilemmas and transitions, including job loss, work/life imbalance, career change, relationships, new business creation, and retirement planning. In addition, reflection papers will be used to identify supporting discovery and awareness of values, bias, and behaviors; to clarify desired outcomes; and to change behavior through the lenses of adult learning theory, contemporary neuroscience, and relevant psychological models, as well as systems and change theories and philosophy. You also will develop ongoing professional development plans that support continued growth following diploma completion.
- Active listening: the ability to get people to open up, to avoid misunderstandings, to resolve conflict, and to increase trust
- Emotional intelligence: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically for mutual benefit, fostering increased collaboration and empowerment in teams
- Direct communication: the ability to communicate clearly and unambiguously in a way that informs, persuades, and inspires action and effective collaboration toward desired results
Schedule and Format
- Blended (online and in-person) or fully online (synchronous)
- Four noncredit courses
- On average, students take one course per semester, fall/spring/summer
- The Diploma must be completed within two years
The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the four required courses within two years.
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You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to articulate your personal strengths and your development areas as a coach
- The knowledge to choose appropriate strategies to support clients who are facing common dilemmas and transitions, including job loss, work/life imbalance, career change, relationships, new business creation, and retirement planning
- A coaching presence, openness, and a continuous learning mindset, as demonstrated by the consistent use of coaching language to give and receive feedback constructively while both coaching others and being coached
- Competency with the components, skills, and techniques of effective coaching, including session and series structure, process and language, coaching models that support growth in awareness of personal bias, alternative courses of action, and effective goal setting and strategy development
- An understanding of different methods and theories that support discovery and awareness of values, bias, and behaviors; that clarify desired outcomes; and that change behavior through the lenses of adult learning theory, contemporary neuroscience, and relevant psychological models
- The ability to recognize trends that are driving the demand for coaching
- The expertise to create a niche market focus through practice vision, key marketing messages, and practice tools and resources, and to attract and contract confidently and authentically with ideal clients