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Graduate Certificate in Organization Coaching

The Graduate Certificate in Organization Coaching is a desirable, complementary credential for students pursuing a graduate degree in adult learning, leadership, and organization development, as well as those in other fields who want to be a certified organization coach.

To date, no other institutions of higher education in Georgia offer explicit and focused training in organization coaching as part of their graduate degree program or as a stand-alone graduate certificate program.

The content of this certificate was designed to align with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching certification standards. By adhering to these standards, individuals who complete the certificate program are prepared to implement evidence-based and instructionally-effective practices for coaching individuals and teams.


  • Attractive for professionals looking for graduate-level professional development related specifically to coaching individuals and teams in organizations
  • Pairs well with many graduate degrees
  • Coaching credential allows students to provide developmental coaching to executives, teams, leaders, and others in organizations
  • Organization coaching is interdisciplinary
  • Responds to a growing demand for organization and executive coaching certification

Virtual Information Sessions

You are invited to participate in a brief (45-60 minute) information session to learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Organization Coaching. During this virtual session, we will provide an overview of the certificate program curriculum and discuss the application process. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty who teach in the program and ask questions. To register, click on the date/time that works best for you under Upcoming Dates on this page. You will be prompted to register and will receive a confirmation and Zoom link for the session when your registration is complete.

Upcoming Dates


The purpose of this certificate program is to provide full certification in the principles and practices of organization coaching for graduate students. Organization coaching encompasses different types of coaching that might be applied in organizations such as executive, team, leader, or life coaching, and allows students to provide developmental coaching with the outcome of improving their interpersonal and leadership behaviors.

Coursework will help you understand:

  • Foundational literature on theories and models that inform organization coaching and its linkages to adult learning, leadership, organization development, and change theory
  • Career issues faced by adults and the role coaching interventions can play in addressing them
  • Methods and practices of organization coaching by practicing the range of interventions applied in organization coaching, such as selecting and using assessments, giving feedback, choosing appropriate interventions, dealing with difficult clients, and developing a coaching toolbox

You will also practice coaching with a practicum client as a capstone experience to apply the theory, models, and practices learned during the certificate program.

How to Apply

For the Organization Coaching Certificate, non-degree-seeking students should apply through the Graduate School . The degree code is CERT_2ORC_GW.

Current UGA graduate students should complete and submit an online application form . Note a completed form requires approval from the student’s major professor. After submitting a completed form, the student’s name will be added to the program database of coaching certificate students, and the certificate will be added to the student’s file by the Registrar’s Office. Students who are admitted to the coaching certificate program will be given priority when registering for further coursework (e.g., LLOD 8420 and LLOD 8430).

It is recommended, though not required, that students matriculate in the Summer or Fall semesters.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program

The purpose of the Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance.

Confirmation of Program of Study

In the year prior to graduation, students should complete the Confirmation of Program of Study form and complete the practicum course (LLOD 6000/e or 9800/e). The Confirmation of Program of Study form outlines how the OCC program requirements for the certificate have been met (exclusive of the dissertation or thesis) (i.e., listing courses taken).

Download a Program of Study

Applicants Must Have a Minimum GPA of 3.0

Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be subject to removal from the program following faculty review. Such procedures are consistent with existing standards of practice for similar certificate programs within the university and are consistent with university policies on the timely review and retention of students in graduate programs.

Certificate Completion

Once students have completed the OCC requirements they need to apply for graduation from the OCC program in addition to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. This is done via Athena in the semester of graduation.

Completion Proposed Plan Form

When students have graduated, the Completion of Proposed Plan form should be downloaded, completed, and emailed to Holly Ivy

In return, you will receive a hard copy of the OCC for your records.

Download a Completion Proposed Plan Form

Download a Checklist of Steps to Completion

Deadline to Apply

It is recommended, though not required, that students matriculate in the Summer or Fall semesters.

Non-degree seeking students should follow application deadlines from the UGA Graduate School :

  • Fall Semester – July 1
  • Spring Semester – November 15
  • Summer Semester – April 1

Current UGA graduate students should submit their application form to the OCC director prior to the semester they intend to begin.

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your AdvisorMost graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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