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Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Coaching

Coursework

Introduction to the Six Core Disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning in Transformational Coaching & Leadership (AC01, 1 credit)

In this foundational course, you will be introduced to the core disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning. This exciting introduction to the master’s and certificate programs at WGU will take you on a tour of the logistics, conceptual foundations, and methodological approach to maximizing human potential.
 
You will write your first paper showing your initial understanding of the WGU approach to personal and professional transformation by writing about how Wright Integrative Learning uses the theories and methodologies from its six core disciplines: Developmental, Adlerian, Human Potential, Existentialism, Educational Theory, and Neuroscience and Other Research.
 
This course is part of the orientation process, and introduces you to the basic concepts and theorists in each of these disciplines. It also provides you with an overview of how these theories and methodologies can be integrated to form a comprehensive approach to coaching and leading others to consciously engage in their own transformation as you engage in your own transformation.
 
No prerequisite.

Foundations of Human Development & Emotional Intelligence for Coaching & Leadership (AC12, 6 credits)

This foundational course helps you as a coach and leader to understand the developmental process of individuals. You learn theories and research of child development and how these processes impact adult behavior, emotional intelligence, and career and life success. By understanding how you became who you are, you are better able to become who you could be and help others do the same in coaching, leadership, and teaming.
 
You learn about emotional intelligence, a recognized factor in successful leadership, coaching, training, and teaming, while also developing your emotional intelligence skills and facility. Individual developmental needs and emotional intelligence are analyzed and facilitated from the perspectives of the six core disciplines of Developmental Psychology, Adlerian Psychology, Human Potential, Existentialism, Educational Theory, and Neuroscience and Other Research, and their synthesis in Wright Integrative.
 
Topics covered include attachment theory, the purpose and neuroscience of emotions; the contribution of emotions to learning, effective decision-making and communication; and how emotional data support positive self-concept and executive hardiness.
 
Prerequisite or co-requisite: AC01.

Foundations of Human Relationships for Coaching & Leadership (AC22, 6 credits)

Patterns of relating are founded on earliest childhood experiences. Current neuroscience is demonstrating that our earliest family experience is encoded in our neural pathways and our personal strengths and limitations are determined by this programming, especially in developing fulfilling, powerful, influential relationships.
 
In almost all vocations, success is greatly influenced by the quality and depth of relationships. This course introduces you to leading theories of adult development and explores the many subtle links between childhood and adult relating—all with an eye toward coaching and leading individuals and groups to higher performance.
 
You learn about social and emotional intelligence and develop relationship skills needed for effective interactions. You will understand the neurological foundations of self-limiting behavior as you employ increasingly effective group and interpersonal strategies.
 
Skills taught in this course are founded on systems and attachment theories, humanistic and developmental psychology, and existentialist perspectives.
 
Prerequisite or co-requisite: AC01.

Coaching & Leadership Approaches to Developing Personal Power (AC32, 6 credits)

The ability to influence others and get work done—in other words, personal power—is a key attribute of all human beings you will tap and develop in your coaching and leadership. This course helps you identify and understand the many varieties of personal power you already employ, as well as self-imposed blocks and limiting beliefs that prevent you as well as those you coach and lead from realizing full personal impact. You discover the relationship of authenticity and personal power.
 
Skills taught include identifying your personal power styles, learning different means of influencing and motivating others, and developing your social intelligence. An overview of developmental psychology and existential philosophy helps you understand the power of orienting to principles in any situation, including the power of orienting towards personal principles of truth and authenticity.
 
Prerequisite or co-requisite: AC01.

Purposeful Living in Coaching & Leadership (AC42, 6 credits)

Purpose is an essential element that informs every aspect of career and life success. Your study of principled behavior and purposeful living will give added meaning and direction to all your coaching and leadership. You will identify an initial life purpose statement and discover ways in which having a clearer sense of purpose gives focus and perspective to all you do.
 
Learning to live the principles of transformation bring deeper meaning and greater performance to all your coaching and leadership. You will analyze your natural gifts and talents and explore how applying those gifts in the service of others can generate career success and a lifelong sense of satisfaction and meaning.
 
An overview of existential philosophy, human potential, Adlerian education and psychology, and other aspects of Wright Integrative helps you understand the relationships of applying principles such as intent, choice, and responsibility to successful leadership and coaching.
 
Prerequisite or co-requisite: AC01.

Scholarly Inquiry & Critical Thinking (AC62, 6 credits)

In every profession, the ability to think critically and ask insightful questions is essential to superior performance. In this course, you study, design, and conduct research. You also learn about cognitive distortions and unconscious processes that impair critical thinking and the related neuroscience research which sheds light on these processes. You learn a grounded approach to theory discovery as well as other methods of social research and inquiry—how they are designed and conducted.
 
An important aspect of this course is to enhance your ability to spot inherent assumptions in research subjects as well as researchers. You are introduced to grounded theory as a powerful means of interpreting situations and developing theoretical explanations that lead to intervention strategies based on core dynamics that are driving events. You also conduct an action research project, learning how to use research methods to solve challenges in the workplace.
 
Prerequisite: AC12, AC22, AC32, and AC42.

Transformational Leadership & Group Dynamics (AC72, 6 credits)

Leadership is the capacity of every individual to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others. It is typically understood as the ability to effect and manage change in people and organizations. Through self-assessment, case studies, theoretical modeling, and analysis of personal laboratory experience, you dive into the world of thinkers on leadership as you study yourself and others in laboratory situations.
 
In this course, you make use of historical and emerging leadership principles and technologies to deepen your understanding of the leadership resources you have at your disposal. You learn the four components of transformational leadership and how transformational leadership differs from transactional leadership. You refine your personal leadership development aims as you explore how to be a more effective leader in every area of your life, and influence others to do the same.
 
You also study the models, mechanisms, and dynamics of groups and identify the conscious and unconscious behaviors that influence group functioning. After taking this course, you will never see group dynamics the same way again.
 
Prerequisite: AC32.

Professional & Leadership Coaching (AC82, 6 credits)

While all your courses contribute to the fabric of coaching, in this course, you dive into coaching head-first as you learn the core principles and practices associated with effective personal and professional coaching.
 
You will be introduced to transformational and emergence coaching and skills of facilitating the growth of those you coach. You establish a firm foundation to becoming an excellent coach who operates with mutuality and responsibility to help those you coach, whether in your coaching practice or other professional setting, to function at your best in all areas of your life.
 
You may also choose to take complementary laboratory courses on building (PL11) and managing a coaching practice (PL12) to launch your coaching career.
 
Prerequisites: AC12 and AC22.

Processes of Transformation in Coaching & Leadership (AC92, 6 credits)

In this course, you study implementing Wright Integrative and Performative Learning in Coaching and Leadership, employing evolating theory and methodology of transformation. This course deepens your understanding and facilitation of the six phases of evolating––yearning, engaging, revelating, liberating, rematrixing, and dedicating.
 
You use case study to research and write about the dimensions, conditions, and categories of these phases. You identify how the six core disciplines inform these phases and how these can be used to facilitate inter-phase movement. You study how your personal transformation relates to this model and how you can use it for your leadership and coaching.
 
Prerequisite: AC12, AC22, AC32, and AC42.

Master’s Thesis (AC95, 8 credits)

(Since the master of arts in transformational leadership and coaching is part of the doctoral program, WGU students first complete the master's degree, including writing a thesis, and then complete doctoral coursework and dissertation.)

The master’s thesis provides an opportunity for you to bring your yearning based learning studies to focus in one coherent study of coaching and/or leadership. You will research and write a thesis that demonstrates an in-depth understanding of Wright Integrative as it is used in the process of transformation.
 
Demonstrate the interrelationship of at least four of the six core disciplines including those starred: Developmental*, Adlerian*, Human Potential*, Existentialism*, Educational Theory, and Neuroscience and Other Research.
 
With professor approval and guidance, you will apply these to an area of your special interest regarding your own transformation and professional interest and explore that area from the perspective of each of the core disciplines.
 
Prerequisite: All Master’s Coursework.

Advanced Developmental Approaches to Facilitating Human Emergence & Performance in Leadership & Coaching (AC311, 6 credits)

In this course, you deepen your understanding of human development as it relates to coaching and leadership. This increased depth allows you to intervene more effectively with intent to facilitate the development of individuals and groups.

You strengthen your grasp of how patterns for individual accomplishment are set in early childhood. Identifying and understanding such patterns is foundational to strengthening individual capacity to develop and even transform in every aspect of life, including career, interpersonal relationships, and health.

In this course, you examine the principles of developmental psychology and the Wright Developmental model and their implications for adult performance, and apply developmental approaches to your particular areas of academic and professional pursuit and interest.

No prerequisite beyond WGU master of arts.

Advanced Adlerian Approaches to Leadership & Coaching in Human Emergence & Performance (AC321, 6 credits)

Adlerian psychology provides a historically important framework for understanding the processes of lifelong learning, mastery of fundamental life tasks, and the fulfillment of human potential at the individual, group, and societal levels.

In this course, you expand and deepen your understanding of the Adlerian framework for facilitating individual development through coaching and leadership. You explore enhanced coaching, leadership, and training by further integrating Adlerian principles and concepts within the Wright Integrative approach to personal transformation.

The course further develops intervention and strategy skills as you apply to your work environment, be it corporate or individual coaching. Advanced visioning and goal achievement approaches will be explored as you add to your mastery of life tasks and enhanced personal and social effectiveness.

No prerequisite beyond WGU Master of Arts.

Existential & Humanistic Approaches Applied to Coaching & Leadership (AC331, 6 credits)

In this course you advance your knowledge of existential and human potential approaches and synthesize them into your integrative framework as it is applied to the areas of your focus for your leadership and coaching. For past students, these have ranged from education to lifestyle enhancement, parenting, and to psychotherapy.

Existential principles and human potential approaches are viewed from the perspective of emerging neuroscience and cognitive science to maximize the empowerment by coaches and leaders. Human potential approaches will be used to facilitate group interaction as well as to cultivate individual potential while existential philosophy will be applied to individual and group empowerment.

The core tenets of existential philosophy—truth, choice, engagement, and personal responsibility, among others—are grounded in daily work experience as well as in individuals’ missions, corporate missions, and operating agreements.

No prerequisite beyond WGU Master of Arts.

Systems Assessment, Intervention, & Design (AC351, 6 credits)

By analyzing systems thinking—what it is, how it evolved, and how it is currently practiced––you will understand and use systems theory to make transformational interventions with individuals, families, groups, and organizations. You will also train others in systems analysis and intervention.

In this course, you explore the relationship between culture and systems; discover ways systems relate to each other; and recognize how information flows within a system. You deepen your understanding of systems and increasingly recognize the interconnectedness of actions, organizations, and social systems.

You also apply systems thinking to laboratory groups and actual work, family, and community scenarios as you use principles, operating agreements, and truth-telling in naming belief systems, verbalizing power and control, and other interventions to effect systemic change.

No prerequisite beyond WGU Master of Arts.

Training Development Lab – Research & Design (AC361, 1 credit)

In this lab course, you demonstrate key aspects of curriculum development and delivery. You will study the discipline of training research, preparation, and design. You either help assess and plan a Wright Business, Inc. training in a specified area or assist in developing curriculum in a new area.

The details of the lab must be approved by the Chancellor or the Dean of Faculty & Curriculum.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

Training Delivery Lab – Facilitation & Evaluation (AC362, 1 credit)

In this lab course, you deliver and assess what you researched and designed in AC361. You demonstrate the effectiveness of your planning and design work. You either help deliver a Wright Business, Inc. training in the area or help deliver another pre-approved training, demonstrating training capability within the six core disciplines you have studied.

The details of the lab must be approved by the Chancellor or the Dean of Faculty & Curriculum.

Prerequisites: AC361.

Advanced Training Development Lab – Research & Design (AC363, 1 credit)

In this lab course, you build on your previous research, planning, and design skills in presentation and curriculum development. You demonstrate use of at least three of the six core Wright Integrative disciplines for delivery in a training in the area of your interest or help develop Wright Business, Inc. curriculum in the area.

The details of the lab must be approved by the Chancellor or the Dean of Faculty & Curriculum.

Prerequisites: AC362, and instructor approval.

Advanced Training Delivery Lab – Facilitation & Evaluation (AC364, 1 credit)

In this lab course, you demonstrate advanced delivery skills in an area of interest in which you researched and developed the curriculum. You demonstrate competence in synthesizing at least three of the six Wright Integrative core disciplines. You either deliver alone or help deliver a training in the area.

The details of the lab must be approved by the Chancellor or the Dean of Faculty & Curriculum.

Prerequisites: AC363, and instructor approval.

Advanced Transformational Group Leadership & Coaching I (AC411, 6 credits)

In this course you develop or enhance your skills in complex group leadership by co-leading or assisting a group appropriate to your experience level as determined by faculty, and provide coaching for at least four people. If faculty determine that your experience warrants it, you may assist or co-lead a transformations laboratory.

You participate in group supervision every other week as well. You learn to identify and track a wide range of dynamics in groups, assess and facilitate depth of emotional expression, lead to enhance group cohesion, and empower individuals in the group. You identify key leadership issues and challenges and assess your and your fellow leaders’ levels of operating on the TIME transformational leadership continuum.

You also participate in coaching supervision, and complete the course with narratives for each person you coach as well as discussing strengths and challenges in the engagements, and what you accomplished and learned. Depending on the coaching setting, include pre- and post-assessments and client feedback where appropriate. You write an online project chronicling your learning, leadership, and outcomes.

Prerequisites: AC311, AC321, AC331, AC351.

Advanced Transformational Group Leadership & Coaching II (AC412, 6 credits)

A continuation of AC411, in this course you develop or enhance your skills in complex group leadership by co-leading or assisting a group appropriate to your experience level as determined by faculty, and provide coaching for at least four people. If faculty determines that your experience warrants it, you may assist or co-lead a transformations laboratory.

You participate in group supervision every other week as well. You learn to identify and track a wide range of dynamics in groups, assess and facilitate depth of emotional expression, lead to enhance group cohesion, and empower individuals in the group. You identify key leadership issues and challenges and assess your and your fellow leaders’ levels of operating on the TIME transformational leadership continuum.

You also participate in coaching supervision, and complete the course with narratives for each person you coach as well as discussing strengths and challenges in the engagements, and what you accomplished and learned. Depending on the coaching setting, include pre- and post-assessments and client feedback where appropriate. You write an online project chronicling your learning, leadership, and outcomes.

Prerequisite: AC411.

Research Methodologies & Design I (AC431, 6 credits)

The Research Methodologies and Design quarters are designed to help you build skill in scholarly inquiry. In these courses, you survey a range of research practices, then focus on a selected practice for further study. Working with a faculty member, you design a program that explores this research practice in depth and applies it to an area of study you choose.

You learn the elements of research design as well as how to design epistemologically sound research. You demonstrate understanding of the architecture of research design and how to match research tools with research objectives; the elements of good research design; how to develop, design, and write up a research plan; and how to critique research studies and reports and be a skilled consumer of research.

Prerequisites: AC412.

Research Methodologies & Design II (AC437, 6 credits)

The Research Methodologies and Design quarters are designed to help you build skill in scholarly inquiry. In AC431, you surveyed a range of research practices. Now you will focus on a selected methodology and subject for further study. You may consider this course to be preparation for your doctoral research. Your work products can become the methodology and design sections of your dissertation. You may also find that you are beginning your literature review chapter.

You will be working closely with a faculty member whom you may choose to be head of your dissertation committee. With faculty guidance, you will design the project to explore the area of research that you choose to approach in depth. You will learn the elements of this particular research methodology as you learn to design epistemologically sound research. You will demonstrate understanding of the architecture of research design, how to match this research tool with your research objectives, and how to design a specific research project or research plan. Your work product will be of the quality expected of doctoral dissertation methodology and design chapters.

Prerequisite: AC431.

Topic Research & Proposal Development (AC511, 8 credits)

In this course learners develop their dissertation proposal, begin literature review if appropriate to their research methodology, submit their research project to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval, and defend the dissertation proposal to a committee of faculty and selected peers.

Prerequisite: AC437.

 

Dissertation

Dissertation (AC600, 22 credits)

This course includes completing comprehensive exams and completion of your dissertation––data collection and analysis, dissertation writing, literature review (if a grounded theory dissertation), final oral review, revisions, and final approval. This course spans two quarters.

Prerequisites: All doctoral courses.

 

Performative Learning (PL) Trainings

All Performative Learning Trainings are non-credit bearing.

Please note that PL01 through PL04 includes:
  • A weekend training at the beginning of the quarter.
  • A weekly evening 1.5-hour class for 13 weeks.
  • A 45-minute coaching session biweekly.
  • Weekly online written check-ins demonstrating what you learned and how you grew.

Year of Transformation: Nourishment & Self Care Quarter (PL01, 0 credits)

In this PL you learn and undertake weekly assignments to further develop your emotional intelligence–– identifying your emotions, understanding their role in effective functioning and personal and professional satisfaction and success, experimenting with emotional expression, being in the moment, and developing skills of emotional regulation and facility.

No prerequisite.

Year of Transformation: Family & Intimacy Quarter (PL02, 0 credits)

In this PL you explore the impact of your family relationships on your relationships in the rest of your life, your work, and with those you coach and lead. You diagram your family tree and identify your family limiting beliefs and family member roles and special circumstances in order to identify behavioral patterns as they were laid down neurologically in your earliest years.

You learn the neuroscience related to your early experiences in your family system, identify the impact of these early experiences in your life today, and develop a future vision for your relationships. You identify skills for more genuine relationships; understand how early family beliefs, norms, and patterns developed and influence current relationships; identify unconscious beliefs that drive daily actions; gain greater choice to live your own values; and be more responsible in communication.

No prerequisite.

Year of Transformation: Personal Power Quarter (PL03, 0 credits)

In this PL you study forms of personal power and develop strategies to enhance your use of your personal power. You use your enhanced skills to overcome barriers, take more risks, and develop new ways to understand and apply the principle of intention. You understand and apply the law of requisite variety, develop more connected relationships, and take greater personal responsibility in work and other areas.

You learn, practice, and apply different skills of personal power each week in your personal and professional life and in your coaching and leadership.

No prerequisite.

Year of Transformation: Purposeful Living & Spiritual Development Quarter (PL04, 0 credits)

In this PL you practice living with the principles of purpose, learn about the qualities of purposeful living, and begin to identify your own life purpose. You further challenge disempowering and limiting childhood beliefs, choose empowering beliefs and principles to live by, and find ways to experience every interaction as growthful.

You learn about developmental models of personal development and apply these as a map to guide your spiritual development in ways that can apply to believers of all faiths. You learn and practice the skills of principle based leadership and coaching.

No prerequisite.

Group Process Training (PL05, 0 credits)

This PL introduces you to group process in a group experience. You analyze the experience, get feedback, and apply academic and theoretical perspectives to your experience. You apply the analytic and intervention skills you learn to groups you attend, wherever you are. You develop a foundation to continue to become increasingly aware of group dynamics and how to intervene in groups to better achieve your and your groups’ objectives.

You learn to identify formal and informal group decision processes and identify who makes decisions, who influences those decisions, and how they do it. You develop foundations for insight into who aligns with whom to control how groups interact, how groups break down, and how conflict is managed. You learn foundational skills to enhance group functioning, facilitate enhanced participation, and empower participants in groups you lead or belong to.

Prerequisites: PL01, PL02, PL03, PL04, or Instructor Permission.

Training Weekend Assisting (PL06, 0 credits)

In this PL you enhance your teaming and communication skills as you assist in leading a training weekend. You contribute based on your skill level and capabilities. You analyze your experience to identify the future skills to develop, skills you employed, what you learned, how you improved your skills, how your awareness increased, and any other insights resulting from the experience.

No prerequisite.

Peer Empowerment Training (PL07, 0 credits)

In this PL you learn powerful communication and facilitation skills including contextual listening, intentional speaking, and the power of presence to facilitate expression and problem solving in others. You discover the power of flow, aliveness, and truth in individuals naturally and easily solving their own problems with no advice.

This PL provides a powerful foundation for your coaching and leadership, underlining the wisdom of individuals and groups to solve their own problems. You will discover the power of emotions and expressing them responsibly and how that impacts interactions with others. In learning how to have greater range of expression of emotions during these trainings, you develop a greater self-awareness and sense of self. You experience greater responsibility for the ways you communicate which increases satisfaction in life.

As a coach and leader, you learn co-voyaging, a personal responsibility skill that helps you take responsibility for your own experience in ways that increase your insight and effectiveness.

No prerequisite.

Coaching Lab (PL08, 0 credits)

In this PL, you engage in a coaching experience where you recruit coaching clients, coach them, learn and practice coaching skills, share your coaching experiences with other coaching students, and receive feedback and coaching to increase your effectiveness. You will gain skill and experience in the ICF coaching competencies as you increase your coaching proficiency.

Prerequisites: PL01, PL02, PL03, and PL04, or instructor permission.

 

Transformation Labs

Please note that transformation labs include:

  • A weekly 2½ hour evening meeting.
  • Three weekend trainings per year.
  • A 45-minute coaching session biweekly.
  • Participation in a team project once per year.
  • Weekly online written check-ins demonstrating what you learned and how you grew.

Emotional Intelligence Transformation Lab (PL09, 0 credits)

In this PL you participate in an emotional intelligence transformation lab for a one-year period. You learn to identify, name, and responsibly and fully express emotions. You develop skills of emotional intelligence and to up- and down-regulate emotional expression.

You practice effective self-care, learn to engage in conflict productively, and to be clear about desires and intentions. You identify unmet developmental needs and develop the skills to address them.

Prerequisites: PL01, PL02, PL03, and PL04.

Social Intelligence Transformation Lab (PL10, 0 credits)

In this PL you participate in an advanced transformation lab over a one-year period. You enhance your personal power and influence as you learn to orient to vision; to even more deeply tell the truth; to become aware of and effectively express judgments; to engage in conflict productively; to be clear about desires and intentions and to fulfill these, especially in coaching and leadership.

Prerequisites: PL01, PL02, PL03, and PL04, and PL09.





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