Instructional Coaching, Graduate Certificate

Instructional Coaching, Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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Serve as a mentor for teachers and administrators throughout their professional development with the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Coaching.

This certificate program is designed to develop the coaching skills you need to help teachers improve instruction, design quality curriculum, effectively use data to guide instruction and determine areas for development. Learn instructional strategies and support the development of high quality instructional practices that meet the educational needs of all learners.

The program can be completed in two semesters and is offered 100% online.

What Sets This Program Apart

  • Participation in field experiences that enable you to apply coursework to real-life school and classroom settings and develop your coaching skills.
  • Expert teaching faculty from the Cato College of Education
  • All 12 credits are eligible for transfer to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Program Overview

As a candidate in the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Coaching program, you will participate in field experiences that require you to analyze student work and facilitate coaching conversations and reflect on your practice in the context of theories of coaching. These experiences broaden your ability to coach in various education contexts as well as to help teachers analyze student work and reflect on their instruction.

Courses are taught and facilitated by expert practitioners and are designed to leverage peer feedback and interaction as well as opportunities for application and practice of the elements of instructional coaching.


Here's what you need to apply for this program:

  • Undergraduate degree in education or closely related field from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Three years of successful teaching experience or other professional education experience
  • Two letters of reference from current or past supervisors (must include principal) that document leadership and/or administrative experiences and potential for success as an instructional coach
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Clear criminal background check
  • Resume

There are four courses in the program: 

  • Principles of Coaching I
  • Coaching for an Equitable Learning Environment
  • Principles of Coaching II
  • Application of Coaching Principles

Each 8-week course is fully online. Participants need access to teachers that they can work with to develop their coaching practice. 


*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $3,466.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $6,444.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $13,178.00 est. program cost