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Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Coaching


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.

Corequisite: PL05.

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; or permission of instructor. Co-requisites: PL07 and PL08.

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 Capstone Project

Master’s Capstone Project (AC95, 8 credits)

The master’s capstone provides an opportunity for you to bring your yearning based learning studies to focus in one coherent study of your learning and development through your master’s program. Your capstone project will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Wright Integrative as it is used in the process of transformation and emergence, demonstrating the interrelationship of the six core disciplines– Developmental, Adlerian, Human Potential, Existentialism, Educational Theory, and Neuroscience and Other Research.

With professor approval and guidance, you will apply these in depth to an area of your special interest regarding your own transformation and professional interest.

Prerequisite: All Master’s Coursework. With permission of instructor, a student with permission to enroll in two courses concurrently per the excpetion on catalog page 27 may take the final non-capstone course concurrently with AC95.

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 More: 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 More: Robust Relationships 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 More: 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 More: Purposeful Living & Leadership 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. Corequisite: AC72.

Personal Emergence Process (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.

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