Certificate IN Executive Coaching

McColl School of Business

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The landscape of leading organizations is changing, and more companies are turning to coaches to increase their effectiveness and sustainability. To meet that demand, our Executive Coaching Certificate takes an innovative approach to developing the skills students need to improve the performance and satisfaction of individuals and teams to achieve organizational goals.

This graduate-level certificate is one of only a few programs of its kind to be offered at higher education institutions in the US. It is built upon the International Coach Federation (ICF) competency model and the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching (GSAEC) standards. It is also approved by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) program. 


The Executive Coaching Certificate is comprised of 5 courses (15 credit hours) and can be completed in 3-5 semesters. 

There are three core courses that focus on executive coaching theories and practice, the methods of coaching, and the skills needed to coach individuals and/or groups to achieve organizational goals. In addition to the core courses, you are able to tailor your experience by taking two electives of your choice.

It can be completed on its own, as part of the MS in Organization Development (MSOD) or MA in Communications (MA COMM), or as an add-on to any of the McColl School MBA programs.

The Coaching Certificate is a 15-credit-hour program composed of three core courses, taken sequentially, and two electives, chosen from the MS in Organization Development (MSOD), MBA or MA in Communications (MA COMM) with the help of your advisor.


ODV 625 Introduction to Coaching Theories and Application
This course examines organizational coaching and surveys the foundational disciplines on which the practice of organizational coaching is based, applicable theories and methods. Coaching will be explored as an intervention and developmental technology. Students are introduced to the practice of coaching and coaching conversation models as well as coaching-related skills including contracting, listening, questioning, designing actions, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability.
3 Credit Hours

ODV 634 Advanced Coaching Theories
A survey of advanced and contemporary theories in the study of organizational coaching and of the leading scholars who have made important contributions to the field. Topics will include formal and informal coaching relationships; internal and external practices; and advance coaching-related skill development. Students will develop coaching skills through in-class and out-of-class practice.
(Prerequisite: ODV 625) 3 Credit Hours

ODV 636 Coaching Practicum
This course provides the opportunity for students to engage in applied coaching efforts in the field. Working independently with a client, students will provide an intensive coaching consultation. This applied field experience is a supervised practicum.
(Prerequisites: ODV 625 and ODV 634) 3 Credit Hours

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For more information about the program and/or admissions, please contact the McColl School Graduate Admissions Office at mccollschool@queens.edu or 704-337-2224.

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