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Coaching Certificate

A competency-based approach that covers the foundations for successful coaching

Coaching Certificate

A competency-based approach that covers the foundations for successful coaching

A Transformative Educational Experience

“The Practice Based Coaching Certificate was transformational for me as a coach. Each day I apply the program’s values of data driven analysis, open-ended inquiry, partnered goal setting and supportive feedback.“

Aaron Franco-Ross,
Education Coach,
Head Start/EHS/ECEAP

“Participating in the certificate was one of the best things I have ever done for my career. It helped me to become more culturally responsive, create transparency in collaborative relationships, and understand my areas of strength.“

Elma Calixto,
Early Achievers Coach,
Catholic Charities

“This certificate provides an in-depth look at the Practice-Based Coaching Model and results in a coach coming out exponentially better upon completion. The program is thorough, intentional and well worth the time invested.“

Matt Rogan,
Education Manager,
Head Start and Early Head Start in Early Learning

“I would recommend this coaching program to anyone that wants to grow their coaching practice, new or seasoned. Coaching is a journey so having someone in your corner to support you makes a difference.“

Selam Kebebew,
Coach and Supervisor,
Denise Louie Early Head Start,
Certificate Alumna

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About the Coaching Certificate

This online program uses a competency-based approach to learning, with job-embedded assignments that incorporate valuable feedback from the instructor and peers. Students hone their coaching and self-assessment skills as they observe themselves and participate in facilitated reflection. 

There is a combination of asynchronous work and online live sessions that are 2.5 to 3 hours long. The activities set a foundation for developing your network and engaging a professional community that can endure beyond the certificate. 

Applications Closed

Please check back in the spring to apply for next year.

To apply for the for-credit pathway, you will need an:

  • updated resume
  • Letter of interest that addresses the following questions:
    • What do you hope to gain from this certificate program?
    • How do you see yourself using coaching in your current job?

Earn Credit Towards Your Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to nine credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into a UW undergraduate or graduate degree program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. If you’re enrolled in a degree program at a different institution, check with your program administration to see whether these credits will count toward your degree requirements. Learn more about credit options.  

Apply for Scholarships

Through a generous gift from the Ballmer Group, we offer a limited number of scholarships for those pursuing the certificate for credit in Washington state.  Applicants will be sent information about scholarships in September.  


Coaching Certificate Courses

Course 1

The first course, Coaching 101, covers the foundations of relationship-based practices, coaching for equity and trauma-informed care. This content will guide and prepare coaches for productive coaching relationships.

Also, we introduce practice-based coaching (PBC) an evidenced-based approach to improve teaching practices by centering collaborative partnerships, provide guidance and practice with shared goals and action planning, focused observations, and reflection and feedback. 

Course 2

The second course begins with instructional leadership focusing on programmatic level coaching to instructional leaders in early learning programs. It Includes strategies to use data-informed decision making to support teacher development and growth through planning and continuous quality improvement.

We begin Early Care and Education Foundations content with a focus on high quality early learning environments. Coaches will get familiar with the best practices in each topic area, understand how they impact child development, and recognize and apply teaching practices.

This content will also include licensing requirements, national, and state standards and in these areas. The course focuses on coaching strategies in these areas and provides active opportunities for coaches to apply feedback that addresses the “why” behind the best practices. 

Course 3

The third course continues the focus on Early Care and Education Foundations with content on supporting healthy social-emotional development, promoting positive behaviors, effective teacher-child interactions and supporting teaching practices.

The course also includes a focus on child development in learning areas so coaches can speak to learning goals by content area and allow practice opportunities to apply learning. 

Alumni Interviews

Check out what our alumni have to say about the coaching certificate. In these interviews alumni discuss why they chose to apply for the certificate, what they learned during the program, and how they've applied their learning on the job.

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