Graduate Certificate In Transformational Coaching:

Transformational Coaching Overview


  • 15 months
  • 32 credits


From 2020 to 2021, the number of users identifying as coaches on LinkedIn grew by a staggering 314%.1 Within an increasingly competitive and largely unregulated industry, you are likely asking - how will I stand out?  By having clients who get the results they want.

If you’re here, you probably already have a sense that becoming a trusted advisor in your clients’ development and a partner in their success requires more than a short-term coach training program. 

Here are several benefits of earning a Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching at Wright Graduate University. 

A New Credential with a Higher Standard

Wright’s Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching was the first program of its kind to be recognized as meeting the research-based academic standards of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). Graduates of the program earn the right to use GSAEC’s designation as a Graduate School Educated Coach in their online profiles and marketing.

Coursework in Wright Graduate University’s coaching certificate program also meets the educational requirements for certification with the International Coach Federation (ICF), for students who choose to add this optional pathway to certification.

Invest in Your Present and Future Coaching Career

The Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching at Wright is not a quick fix to check the
“credibility” box for your coaching practice. Our program offers 15 months of intensive coach training, feedback, and application that will impact your long-term coaching career.

As a Wright certificate student, you’ll graduate confident that you can give your clients the results they want, because you’ve invested in practicing coaching and receiving feedback consistently for over a year.

Your Clients' Transformation Depends on Yours

Credible coaches don’t advise others to do things they haven’t done or aren’t willing to do themselves. That’s why the Wright Graduate University model is structured to have you experience the kind of transformational living you’ll be guiding your clients through.

From day one, you’ll learn and apply Wright’s two proprietary, research-based models of transformation through bite-size, daily challenges in your own life and career:
The Evolating Model, which describes the internal and external processes that drive personal transformation and set up conditions for long-term change.
The Wright Developmental Model, which guides moment-by-moment choices by identifying developmental needs and transformational opportunities in any situation.

1 Hudson, Megan. “2022 Coaching Trends.” LinkedIn. Last modified January 6, 2022.

Education Your Way: Online, On Campus, or Both

At times in your education you may want in-person community, and at other times you want to learn in your own space. That’s why we invested in technology to create a seamless hybrid learning experience for our students in all programs. You get to choose whether you want to learn fully online or meet your cohort and faculty in person.

Experience the freedom to have your curriculum adapted to your life rather than you having to adapt to the curriculum.

2 Results from 2019 graduates of the Wright Graduate University's MA program, which forms the basis for the leadership and coaching curriculum at Wright Graduate University

Program Format Options: Hybrid or Fully Online

Wright Graduate University delivers learning through a fully online experience, with options to meet your cohort and faculty in-person. Real-time participation is required for weekend learning sessions once per month, either via online video meetings or at the residential campus in Wisconsin, if you choose. Between weekend learning sessions, you’ll attend one 90-minute weekly class meeting online, and you’ll participate in online discussions integrating what you read and watch independently.

Accreditation & Recognition


Wright Graduate University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Wright Graduate University’s course, AC82: Professional and Leadership Coaching, is included in the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential’s Emergence Coach Training (ECT). ECT is recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF) under their classification as an accredited coach training program (ACTP) for those seeking to earn the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. Completion of an ACTP is one of several paths a coach may choose to earn a coaching credential from ICF. Please visit to learn more about ICF’s different coaching credentials and the paths to certification and visit to learn about adding Emergence Coach Training to a WGU degree or Certificate. 

The Wright Graduate University (WGU) for the Realization of Human Potential, Inc., is a division of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, a 501(c)3 nonprofit registered corporation in the state of Illinois.

Documentation of approval and accreditation can be requested from the Campus Director.


Wright Graduate University’s M.A. in Transformational Leadership and Coaching, Graduate Certificate in Transformational Coaching, and Ed.D. in Transformational Leadership and Coaching have been formally recognized by GSAEC as the first school meeting the GSAEC Academic Standards of Graduate Coach Education.

For further accreditation information, see our Accreditation & Recognition page. 




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Financial Assistance

Federal Direct Loans 

Wright Graduate University participates in the Federal Direct Loan program, including Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loan programs, for eligible degree and certificate programs. For complete federal financial aid information, please see the Financial Aid Handbook located here.

To apply for federal financial aid, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using Wright Graduate University's federal school code, G42374. Please contact for guidance on which year’s FAFSA to file based upon your start date. 

Please see the Financial Assistance page for additional information.


Wright Graduate University is a division of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, NFP. Its founders sought develop transformational leaders and give them the tools and a specialized graduate degree focusing on interpersonal and professional skills.

In 2012 Wright Graduate University's inaugural graduates walked the stage, paving the way for future graduates and leaders. In 2013 the institution received its initial accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS). In 2014 it became eligible to administer Title IV Federal Student Aid to students who qualify. 

Since 2017, Wright Graduate University has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and has been in good standing with Wisconsin Education Approval Program (EAP) since 2008. WGU has received State authorization or exemption through the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) ( to participate in a reciprocal state-level authorization for postsecondary distance education nationwide. Its business programs have received specialized accreditation from the International Accreditation Council on Business Education (IACBE). For full accreditation details, please see

Meet Our Students And Grads

See how Wright Graduate University helped them transform their lives.

My transformational leadership studies are empowering me to be a satisfied woman in business, making sure that I’m not backing down when I have a vision, an initiative, something that I feel is important that I’m going for. Because I’m looking out for each person, the whole group is successful and everyone benefits.

Jennifer Masi Master of Arts Graduate, 2018

Wright Graduate University has enhanced my life in ways I never thought possible. The yearning-based learning methodology has allowed me to learn more about myself and how I operate in different environments. I am a mother of two young girls, I work full-time, and I am a business partner. I, regrettably, waited two years before choosing to sign up for the master’s program thinking I needed to change my circumstances to open space for education. Let me ensure you, it will not detract from but only enhance your current life.

Rosenda González Master of Arts Graduate, 2022

What I discovered at Wright Graduate University was a dimension of richness of human interaction which I had never experienced. My relationship with my clients and coworkers became enhanced by what I was learning. I could see people’s strengths and weaknesses more clearly and support them better. I had more grace for my own struggles as I learned more about what made me tick. I have never been more connected to myself and others.

Marilyn Pearson Master of Arts Graduate, 2014

Wright Graduate University is the most unique education I have ever experienced. In my second year of studies, I was single and living by myself; however, I barely felt lonely because I was getting so much connection, support, and nourishment from my Wright Graduate University education. Now, the person who didn’t want to be a coach, who didn’t want to be a leader, wants to be a coach and a leader who can bring what I’ve been learning to people in Japan.

Junki Aoki MA Graduate, EdD Student, Class of 2025

I have been integrating my academic research and personal development directly into my role. I’ve been able to combine my leadership with my coursework by bringing personalized examples into my assignments. Between the WGU faculty and my student cohort, I’ve received critical feedback that I’ve taken directly into my company - positively impacting myself and my team in the process.

Drew Allison Current WGU MBA Student
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Accreditation: Wright Graduate University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). Wright Graduate University business programs have received specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). See complete accreditation and recognition details here.