The IWU Certificate in Professional Coaching provides a comprehensive educational program designed to equip students in various professional fields to competently utilize coaching knowledge and skills. Students can enroll in the coaching certificate to enhance their academic training and to better meet their professional goals, by learning to apply positive psychology principles and coaching methods in their chosen occupation.  The IWU Certificate in Professional Coaching is an academic certificate that can be completed through online classes; in order to become a nationally certified coach, students must acquire additional face-to-face training hours and coaching experience (available through an optional externship).  

Coaching is a valuable skill for professionals in many fields, including educators, health care providers, counselors, pastors and ministry workers, human resource personnel, business leaders and student development professionals.

The IWU graduate certificate in Professional Coaching includes 6 required courses, for a total of 18 semester credit hours.  The certificate coursework is designed to be completed in 12 months, beginning in the summer or fall.  Certificate courses are offered in an online format (with optional onsite externships available through local agencies).  The content of these courses meet the standards set by the Center for Credentialing and Education (national certification board) and the International Coach Federation (ICF).*   

*To become a nationally or internationally certified coach, additional face-to-face training, supervision, mentor coaching, paid coaching client hours and an exam are required. These additional requirements can be met through an optional externship (Lark’s Song Academy).

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which at least 30 semester hours was completed.
  3. A completed application form for admission to the IWU Graduate Studies in Counseling Certificate Program.

Exit Requirements

  1. Successful completion of all coursework identified on certificate plan of study.
  2. All course grades at or above level of "C+."
  3. Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.

NOTE: State regulations may prohibit licensure for individuals who have ever been convicted of a crime of violence or of any crime that has a direct bearing on the ability to practice competently. The applicant is responsible to check the licensing requirements with his or her state licensing agency prior to beginning the program.


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Last updated: 08/22/2016