Certificate in Life Coaching
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Balancing careers, relationships, and day-to-day responsibilities can be challenging and overwhelming in today’s fast-paced lifestyles. An increasing number of high-performing individuals are choosing to engage the services of a trained professional Life Coach to help them clarify goals and keep focused on overcoming obstacles that are inhibiting their capacity to achieve them.
Coaching is a dynamic, effective, and evidence-based method for empowering individuals to realize their personal and professional potential. In Life Coaching, the partnership between client and coach catalyzes a thoughtful, interactive, and creative process that facilitates movement towards the client’s goals.
In this certificate, offered by the MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies program and designed in accordance with the standards of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), students learn coaching theory and applied coaching skills, supplemented by additional knowledge and practices in emotional intelligence, social intelligence, human development, and entrepreneurship, thereby preparing them to launch a holistic life coaching business. The certificate is oriented toward mastery of the core coaching competencies as identified by the ICF, which is the gold standard in the coaching profession: setting the foundation, co-creating the relationship, communicating effectively, and facilitating client learning and growth.
National University’s Life Coaching program is currently under review to meet the ICF standards and requirements of a leveled accreditation program. Our certificate program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the coaching process and to help you develop fundamental coaching skills in accordance with the ICF Core Competencies. You’ll learn how to coach from an integral perspective that engages the complexity and potential of the whole person — mind, body, heart, and spirit — in order to develop effective and trusted relationships to create meaningful and sustainable change in clients’ lives.
Our curriculum offers a holistic approach to cultivating the core competencies established by the ICF. Accordingly, in this program, you’ll learn compassionate communication based on awareness, empathy, and active listening. You’ll learn how to co-create trusting and safe coaching relationships rooted in presence, compassion, and responsibility and to foster holistic learning, growth, and transformation. Finally, you’ll be prepared to embody a client-centered mindset that’s open, curious, and flexible as you learn to build a coaching practice grounded in ethics and integrity.
The Life Coaching Certificate is a stand-alone certificate and can be completed in 9 months of half-time study, for a total of 15 quarter units. Graduating from an ICF-approved coach training program supports the process of becoming an ICF-certified coach.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Develop core coaching competencies to expand growth in consciousness and develop human potential
- Develop capacities to provide coaching sessions that to move clients forward in their lives
- Learn to offer and administer different assessment approaches that create an integral self-understanding for the client
- Design coaching practices and self-reflections tailored to the developmental stage of the individual
- Practice coaching mastery in service of consciousness growth
- Open new possibilities to take coaching into work and life
Dates and Locations
- When: Online Program
- Where: Program delivered virtually
Virtual Live Sessions, supplemented by online platform
- Persons interested in personal growth and human development who wish to embark on a coaching career path
- Persons from any profession who wish to expand their professional credentials and leadership through in-depth engagement with individuals, teams, and organizations
- Veterans: As a Yellow Ribbon School, National University attracts Veterans who may be interested in a new career path as a coach. People with psychological and physical battle scars may be drawn to understand human development and facilitate growth and development in others
- Persons working in Human Resources and Management may be interested in furthering their knowledge base and skills in human development and becoming a coach
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a preferred minimum of 3.0 GPA in higher education coursework
- Transcripts of all prior higher education coursework
- Online application
- Personal autobiographical statement of 5-7 pages describing one’s formative life experiences and personal development, along with delineating their reasons for wanting to enroll in the Life Coaching certificate program
- Interview with faculty member
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Tuition is due and payable prior to the first class-session of each course, and the cost is $700 per unit of coursework. Tuition not fully paid when due is subject to a late fee. If a tuition payment check is returned due to insufficient funds, the University reserves the right to drop all current and future classes for that student. Students will be notified of this action and assessed a return check charge. The University may require students who have written multiple insufficient-fund checks to make all future payments by cashier’s check, cash, or money order. The University reserves the right to modify tuition at any time. Students whose employers have entered into a contractual agreement with the University may be eligible for reduced tuition. General Fees are non-refundable. All records and services are withheld from students who have any outstanding financial obligations to the University or have defaulted on a Title IV loan at the University. Effective May 1, 2011, National University began reporting student account defaults to credit reporting agencies.
Policies on Withdrawals and Refunds
At National University, students may drop a course prior to midnight of the ninth day of the session. A grade will not be awarded, and tuition will not be charged. After midnight of the ninth day of the session, a grade may be entered, and tuition will be charged according to the refund policy.
Policies on General Fees
Fees are non-refundable. All records and services are withheld from students who have any outstanding financial obligations to the University or have defaulted on a Title IV loan at the University. Effective May 1, 2011, National University began reporting student account defaults to credit reporting agencies.
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