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Prepare to become a Board Certified Coach (BCC)

You have a passion for helping aspiring leaders reach their potential. With Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching program, you can impact the futures of others as well as your own. Ours is among the few online coaching training programs that provide you with the academic curriculum and 30 hours of experience required to be eligible to take the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential exam.

BCC Exam Preparation

Complete the coursework and hands-on coaching to be eligible to take the BCC exam.

Learn 100% online

This fully online program provides knowledge and skills training without requiring in-person, face-to-face travel. Balance your studies with work and personal commitments.

Gain practical coaching experience.

Get the opportunity to complete and document the 30 hours of coaching required to be eligible to take the BCC certification exam and earn the BCC credential.

Apply Your Certificate Toward an Advanced Degree

Apply your certificate toward toward Walden’s online MS or PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology programs to save you time and money.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 17 total quarter credits (includes a 0 credit intensive)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
IPSY 6755

Leadership and Leader Development

Effective leadership requires the ability to facilitate positive change, lead others in efforts to effect similar change, and work through challenges when met with resistance to change. Students in this course are provided with an extensive overview of leadership theories. Students explore definitions of leadership, major theoretical leadership models, and contextual and situational factors related to leadership and change. Students also examine various perspectives on leadership and the role of leadership in the achievement of organizational, group, and team goals. Students engage in practical assignments and discussions, focusing on effective leadership issues and practices during the process of organizational change.

(5 cr.)
IPSY 6753

Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, and Processes

The intent of leadership coaching is to facilitate psychological change that leads to goal attainment and enhanced performance. In this course, students apply evidence-based psychological approaches to coaching case studies focusing on coaching competencies and ethical practices. They assess coaching roles and settings; skills and competencies; models and frameworks; and current issues and future trends. Students employ critical-thinking skills and synthesize concepts learned in the course to develop a plan for implementing effective coaching in a real-world setting. Students will also engage in hands-on coaching competency and skill development through Voice to Voice training sessions. (This course includes a practice lab).

(6 cr.)
IPSY 6756

Leadership Coaching: Practices and Applications

Effective leadership coaches must be fully capable of working with clients immersed in different organizational cultures that present unique challenges. In this course, students apply models, approaches, and frameworks; individual and team coaching strategies; and ethical guidelines to case studies focusing on coaching competencies and ethical practices. Students also examine characteristics, factors, and conditions that influence the effectiveness of coaching; assessment and evaluation; diversity considerations; and professional issues and challenges. Students will also engage in hands-on coaching competency and skill development through Voice to Voice training sessions. (This course includes a practice lab). (Prerequisite(s): IPSY 6753.)

(6 cr.)
DRWI 8508

Coaching Skills Virtual Intensive

In this intensive experience, students immerse themselves in the coaching context to practice and reinforce coaching skills acquired during IPSY 6753/8753 - Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, and Processes. Students participate in live virtual coaching sessions through various roles: coach, client, and observer. Each synchronous coaching practice session emphasizes Board Certified Coach competencies and ethical guidelines as well as coaching best practices. Small groups work closely with faculty members for 4 days on a final project that requires synthesis of and reflection on skills learned during the intensive. (Prerequisite(s): IPSY 6753/8753 - Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, and Processes; IPSY 6755/8755 - Leadership and Leader Development.)

(0 cr.)

The Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching has been designed to prepare students to sit for the national Board Certified Coach Examination (BCCE), which is administered by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information regarding the application process, visit www.cce-global.org/Credentialing/BCC/Exam.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 17 total credit hours   $535 per quarter hour $9,095
Virtual Residency One in program   $1,475 $1,475
Technology Fee  Per quarter $160 $480
    Total $11,050
    Transfer up to 5 credits (IPSY 8755) $2,675
    Total With Maximum Transfer Credits $8,375

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. The tuition reflects credits taken for the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

Help Shape Today’s Leaders—and Tomorrow’s

Great coaches don't just tell people what to do—they empower people to recognize their strengths, harness their talents, and achieve their goals. In Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching program, you’ll explore how to apply contemporary theories and evidence-based research to help aspiring leaders learn, grow, and be more effective. Coursework is aligned with Board Certified Coach (BCC) competency standards established by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).

Meet Your Academic Team

  • John Schmidt

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Schmidt joined Walden in 1997. He is licensed as a psychologist (PA) and board-certified executive coach (BCC). His interests as a scholar-practitioner are tied to all aspects of applied psychology including selection, training, risk management, and leadership development.

    Read John's Bio

Learning Outcomes 

As a graduate of the Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate program, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply contemporary theories and evidence-based research to gain a better understanding of evidence-based coaching.
  • Identify the critical issues that impact growth and development through coaching.
  • Synthesize knowledge, skills, and professional competencies needed for working in the field of evidence-based coaching.
  • Work with various organizations and individuals to promote social change.

Career Impact

According to the 2019 Executive Coaching Survey Report, the coaching field is expected to continue growing at a steady pace and professionals in the field agree that the use of coaching will increase.1 Walden’s Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching program can prepare you for a growing career niche that’s in need of qualified, reputable experts.

The average executive coach salary in the United States was $97,425 as of October 2019, but the salary range typically falls between $78,358 and $132,237, according to Salary.com.2 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

A Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • Leadership coach 
  • Executive coach 
  • Business coach 
  • Leadership consultant 

A Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Business 
  • Education 
  • Healthcare 
  • Technology 
  • NGO/Nonprofits 

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this graduate certificate program.

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