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Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching

Program Length

  • 12 months
  • 19 quarter credit units


Next Start Date

  • July 24, 2020



Wright Graduate University's graduate certificate in transformational coaching offers three courses, an orientation, and performative learning to provide you with the academic and performative background that is core to developing yourself as a successful coach.

Coaching is not only a satisfying profession. It is a key skill for transformational leadership. This program introduces the revolutionary Wright Model of Transformational Coaching, which is dedicated to helping people to achieve their full potential and reach possibilities beyond what they thought were possible.


Areas of Study

In this program, you will:

  • Study and put into practice the foundations and components of emotional intelligence.
  • Understand the purpose of emotions and their role in effective decision-making and communication.
  • Develop skills in responsible self-expression and social awareness.
  • Increase your emotional intelligence.
  • Better understand yourself and others to become an even more potent coach.

This program culminates with your development of real-life coaching relationships as you study the skills of coaching. The curriculum focuses on such important coaching skills as:

  • Developing rapport
  • Creating a winning context for coaching
  • Intentional speaking
  • Contextual listening
  • Asking powerful questions
  • Defining action steps
  • Creating accountability
  • Using grounded leadership

Through your work toward this certificate, you will build skill in holding vision for people and facilitating their emotional expression and personal discovery. In addition, you will practice coaching skills and receive supervision while engaging in developmental coaching.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful program completion, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundational knowledge of the fields of human development, Adlerian theory, human potential theory, existentialism, educational theory, neuroscience and other research as they inform your own growth and knowledge of social intelligence for leadership and coaching.
  • Analyze key concepts and principles related to the study of social intelligence for leadership and coaching and integrate academic, personal, and applied learning. Learning is demonstrated through experiential exercises, classroom interactions, weekly written discussions, and development of personal narratives and capstone project summarizing growth and learning.
  •  Demonstrate personal and professional development throughout the program through engagement in weekly performative learning activities associated with course themes and concepts. Learning is demonstrated through experiential exercises, classroom interactions, weekly written discussions, and development of personal narratives summarizing growth and learning.
  • Demonstrate emotional and social intelligence skills and facilitate the development of social intelligence in those you lead and coach.
  •  Provide coaching for at least four clients throughout the primary coaching quarter, including group supervision and individual mentoring for your coaching work.
  • Apply Wright Integrative theories, principles, and methods related to the development of social intelligence for leadership and coaching.
  • Develop one’s leadership and coaching competencies and applications in one’s career and life, as demonstrated by participation in classroom interactions, experiential exercises, and weekly online assignments and discussions focused on coaching and leading others.
  •  Demonstrate the use of grounded leadership as an effective coaching technique.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ICF competencies and their role in effective coaching.


Academic Coursework

  • Introduction to the Six Core Disciplines of Wright Integrative Learning in Transformational Coaching & Leadership
  • Foundations of Human Development & Emotional Intelligence for Coaching & Leadership
  • Foundations of Human Relationships for Coaching & Leadership
  • Professional & Leadership Coaching

Performative Learning

  • Year of More: Nourishment & Self Care Quarter
  • Year of More: Family & Intimacy Quarter
  • Year of More: Personal Power Quarter
  • Year of More: Purposeful Living & Spiritual Development Quarter
  • Personal Empowerment Process
  • Coaching Lab

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Gainful Employment Information

  • Number of units/credits required for this program: 19
  • Total Tuition and Required Fees for the entire program completed in normal time: $21,229
  • 6-digit CIP Code for Program (from Dept. of Education): 44.0000
  • SOC Code(s): 11-9151.00
  • The normal time in months to complete program as published in Graduate Catalog: 12


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