Certificate in Leadership Coaching

Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching

Become a change-agent in organizations by studying coaching within a leadership context and understanding how to create productive relationships in the coaching role.

The world of leadership is complex. Regardless of the type of organization — corporate, nonprofit, government, educational institution — leaders are challenged to adapt and grow in order to uphold the mission and organizational objectives. Leadership Coaching is a powerful tool to help them do so. The Leadership Coaching Program in the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown prepares coaches with the mindset, presence, and skills to challenge and support leaders. As a student, you'll grow by focusing on both the being and doing of leadership coaching. This deeply transformative program goes beyond teaching coaching skills and challenges students to grow as human beings in order to help them grow as coaches.

  • Ideal for
    Experienced professionals

  • Duration
    8 courses over 8 months

  • Tuition

  • Format
    Online & On-Campus

  • Enrollment
    All day, Tues-Thurs, once a month

  • Semester of Entry
    Fall, spring, summer

Upon successful completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to:

  • Articulate the role coaching plays in leadership, organizations, and transformation
  • Demonstrate the use of self as an instrument of change
  • Coach leaders at the Professional Certified Coach level as defined by the International Coach Federation
  • Apply adult development and complexity theory to coaching leaders
  • Coach leaders within a systems context
  • Identify the role culture and identity play in coaching and leadership
  • Recognize the polarities that impact a leader at the level of self, team, and system

The Georgetown University Certificate in Leadership Coaching program is certified as a Level 2 coach training program by the International Coach Federation.

Shorter-format professional workshops provide opportunities to enhance your skills and stay current in your practice, or acquire new skills. Visit our list of workshops to learn more.

Curriculum & Schedule

You must successfully complete the eight required courses as well as a final skills assessment for a total of 14.85 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 148.5 contact hours. The program must be completed in sequence as a cohort over eight months. The Leadership Coaching Application Course is the place where you are able to practice your new skills and apply your learning throughout the program. Full attendance for each class is required in Live-Online cohorts and the In-Person cohorts (@ SCS Campus) to successfully complete this Executive Certificate Program. For further detail, please review our Summer-Fall 2024 schedule of courses.

  1. Introduction to Leadership Coaching (2.25 CEUs)
  2. Coaching for Breakthrough Results (2.25 CEUs)
  3. Coaching for Human and Adult Development (2.1 CEUs)
  4. Leadership Coaching in a System (2.1 CEUs)
  5. Identity & Culture in Leadership Coaching (2.1 CEUs)
  6. Leadership Coaching Integration (1.8 CEUs)
  7. Ethics in Coaching (0.45 CEUs)
  8. Leadership Coaching Application (1.8 CEUs)

What Is Live Online Learning?
Live online instruction is enhanced by incorporating various instructional practices and technology tools. Features such as Zoom video conferencing, breakout rooms, and chat allow for real-time interaction and collaboration among learners. Tools like Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Canvas Groups facilitate teamwork and information sharing within the learning community. Polling, surveys, and threaded discussion boards promote active engagement and the expression of opinions. It is important to foster social respect, privacy, and incorporate Jesuit values to create a supportive and inclusive online environment. By utilizing these practices and tools effectively, live online instruction can be engaging, interactive, and conducive to meaningful learning experiences.

What Is On-Campus Learning?
On-Campus programs combine traditional classroom learning with interactive experiential methodology. Classes typically meet for two or three consecutive days once a month at our downtown Washington, D.C. campus.

Course Schedule

Course Name Summer 2 2024 Fall 2024
Introduction to Leadership Coaching Jul 15- Jul 18 Oct 14- Oct 17
Coaching for Breakthrough Results Aug 12- Aug 15 Nov 18- Nov 21
Coaching for Human and Adult Development Sep 10- Sep 12 Dec 10- Dec 12
Identity & Culture in Leadership Coaching Oct 08- Oct 10 Jan 21- Jan 23
Leadership Coaching in a System Nov 12- Nov 14 Feb 25- Feb 27
Leadership Coaching Integration Dec 17- Dec 19 Mar 25- Mar 27
Ethics in Coaching Jul 23- Nov 19 Oct 29- Mar 11


Roberta Bantel

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Valerie Brown

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Pam Coffey

Pam coaches so that people feel seen, heard and know that they matter. As an executive coach, team coach, and certified Dare to Lead facilitator (Brene’ Brown’s body of work), ...
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Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin is a co-founder, Director, and Board Co-Chair of Cultivating Leadership, a leadership consultancy whose mission it is to help leaders and organizations thrive in complexity. She is the ...
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Karen Curnow

Senior coach and consultant Karen Curnow works with executives, managers, teams, and coaches in corporate, non-profit, and government organizations to develop powerful, compassionate leaders. Compass International Founder Karen Curnow is ...
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Eric deNijs

Eric de Nijs, Ed.D., CLC Program: Certificate in Leadership Coaching Eric de Nijs is an independent executive coach who cares passionately about helping others create greater clarify and integration with ...
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Vernice Gibson

Vernice is a Co-Director of Georgetowns Institute for Transformation Leadership, an executive coach who often works at the intersection of leadership, DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging) and adult development theory. ...
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Aman Gohal

Cohort Co-Director/Faculty Executive Coaching Program   A trusted advisor to disrupt paradigms of development, Dr. Aman Gohal specializes in inquiry-based methods that reveal the shadow side (hidden competing agendas) of ...
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Tatia Granger

Tatia Granger, Ph.D., PCC, works at the intersection where her skills and talents merge around coaching individuals and groups to personal and professional clarity.   Dr. Granger brings more than ...
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Scott Howard

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Kimberley Parsons

Passionate about fueling the effectiveness of teams & leaders. As a certified leadership and team coach, Kimberley Parsons has over nineteen years serving in Fortune 500 and not-for-profit companies. She ...
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William Pullen

Bill Pullen, MS, MCC; Bill is a coach, facilitator, and teacher committed to supporting people in bringing forth their highest and best selves for the sake of creating a better world. ...
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Rae Ringel

Rae Ringel is a certified executive coach and founding President of The Ringel Group. She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and founding director ...
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Monica Thakrar

Monica is an organizational consultant, coach, and trainer.   Ms. Thakrar is an organizational consultant and coach with over 20 years of experience focused on strategy, organizational change management, leadership ...
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Kym Ward Gaffney

Kym believes when executive/leadership coaching is positioned as a key component to exploring and engaging talent in authentic conversations about their personal identity and professional aspirations; the outcome results in ...
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Barrhonda White

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How to Apply

Application Dates

Fall Cohort

Application Opens—Jan 1

  • Deadline—Jun 1

Spring Cohort

Application Opens—Apr 1

  • Deadline—Sep 1

Summer 1 Cohort

Application Opens—Aug 1

  • Deadline—Dec 1

Summer 2 Cohort

Application Opens—Sep 1

  • Deadline—Mar 1

Program Prerequisites

Applicants should have at least five years of education, training and/or professional experience in coaching, human resources, leadership, organization development, or a related field. Applicants should also be open to feedback, have a capacity for self-examination, and be willing to challenge their beliefs.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.

Degree Requirement

You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience.

Tips for the Online Application

  • Our online application securely stores your information and saves your progress so you can update and complete your information at your convenience
  • Click the “SAVE” button at each stage of the application process to ensure that your work and documents are uploaded

Tips for Your Letter of Recommendation (not required for all programs)

  • Your recommender is notified when you submit your online application
  • Notify your recommenders ahead of time and submit your application at least one week prior to the deadline to allow time for them to complete and submit your recommendation
  • A personal email address for your recommender works best
  • Government, military, and corporate email servers often have filters that delay or prevent messages from being delivered

International Students

International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.

A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native speakers of English but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs, however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.

Tuition & Funding

Tuition varies by course. Total program tuition for all 8 courses is $13,995. Textbooks are not included.


Noncredit professional certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, or needs-based aid. However, several finance and funding options do exist, as listed below.

Employer Education and Training Budgets

Some employers offer funding for employee education or professional development. If an employer guarantees payment for employee education and training, Georgetown will accept an Intent to Pay form. If you are using employer sponsorship or training authorizations, you must submit an Intent to Pay form with your registration.

If your employer will pay for your tuition, select “Third-Party Billing” as your method of payment when you register for courses online. Please submit an Intent to Pay form indicating that your employer or another third party should be billed for tuition. Invoices will not be generated without this form on file.

Federal Agency Training Funds*
  • According to the Federal Employees Almanac 2014, federal agencies may:
    • Pay training and education expenses from appropriated funds or other available funds for training needed to support program functions
    • Reimburse employees for all or part of the costs of training or education
    • Share training and education costs with employees
    • Pay travel expenses for employees assigned to training
    • Adjust an employee's normal work schedule for educational purposes not related to official duties

Georgetown accepts Standard Form-182 (SF-182) for training authorizations from the federal government.

*Federal employees should ask the appropriate budget officer about training budgets available.

Georgetown Employee TAP Benefits

Eligible Georgetown employees may use their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits to fund 90% of the certificate program tuition—employees will be invoiced for the remaining 10% of tuition and must pay any other charges associated with their certificate program. Employees using TAP benefits may work directly with the HR Benefits Office to ensure payment prior to the start of any course. This payment option is only valid if registration occurs at least 10–14 business days prior to the start date of the first course. Any fees incurred due to course withdrawal are the student’s responsibility and are not funded by Georgetown University TAP. For questions regarding TAP benefits, please contact the HR/Benefits Office at tapbenefits@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-2500.

GoArmyEd.com for Active Duty, National Guard,
Army Reserve Soldiers, and Army Civilians

SCS is registered with GoArmyEd.com to accept SF-182 training authorization forms. GoArmyEd.com is the virtual gateway for all eligible active duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online. GoArmyEd.com is also the virtual gateway for Army Civilians to apply for their Civilian education, training, and leadership development events.

Interest-Free Payment Plan

The professional certificate programs offer an interest-free payment plan for certificate programs that are more than one month in duration and for which the total tuition is greater than or equal to $4,000. The payment plan is structured in the following manner:

  • Payment #1: A down payment of 25% of the total tuition balance must be paid online (within 72 hours after you register and select Payment Plan) via the Noncredit Student Portal. Please submit your down payment as soon as possible.
  • Payments #2, #3, and #4: Your remaining balance will be due in three (3) equal monthly installments beginning 30 calendar days after your down payment is processed. Your monthly payments must be paid via credit card in the Noncredit Student Portal. You will be able to access each invoice and payment due date in your student account.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Automatic Payment Service is not available. You must make each subsequent payment via the Noncredit Student Portal.

Military Benefits/GI Bill®

A number of tuition benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and under various parts of the GI Bill®. Please visit the Resources for Military Students page for additional information and instructions.

Private Education Loans

Some students choose to finance certificate programs with private education loans. Students are responsible for contacting lenders directly to find out if a noncredit professional certificate program is eligible for a loan. While Georgetown University will not recommend specific lenders, it will certify loans for eligible programs from approved lenders.

For eligible noncredit professional certificate programs, Georgetown University will certify loan amounts up to the full cost of tuition for the program. Tuition does not cover books, travel, or living expenses. Please see individual program pages for tuition rates.

Georgetown University has a unique campus code for Sallie Mae. Our Sallie Mae branch code is 001445-99.

You must be approved for a loan before registering for courses. Follow these steps to pursue a loan option:

  1. Check the list of lenders that have offered private education loans in the past to Georgetown University students.
  2. Contact the lender and confirm your program is eligible for a private education loan.
  3. Obtain the necessary paperwork and apply for the loan.
  4. Georgetown will certify loan amounts based on the information below. Please note that our branch code is 001445-99.
  5. If approved, register for courses:
    • Payment sent to Georgetown: Select “Third-Party Payment” at the time of registration if the lender is sending funds directly to Georgetown.
    • Enter the information about the lender and then contact Noncredit Student Accounts at noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu.

Note: It is your responsibility to contact Georgetown University Noncredit Student Accounts at noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu to ensure that your loan is processed.

Tuition Discounts

Only one tuition discount may be applied at the time of registration. Tuition discounts cannot be combined. Tuition discounts are not applied retroactively. Please contact pdcprograms@georgetown.edu with any questions.

GU Alumni 10% Discount

Georgetown University alumni and SCS certificate completers are eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount for many certificates offered within SCS’s Institute for Transformational Leadership (ITL) portfolio. When registering for an eligible certificate through the SCS website, you will see the "10% Georgetown Alumni Discount" as an option. The Enrollment Team will then verify your eligibility status as a Georgetown University alumnus or certificate completer.

OPM Federal Scholarship Alliance 10% Discount

Eligible federal employees across the country receive a 10% scholarship applied to the current tuition rate for all SCS degree programs and professional certificate programs each academic semester. Please contact pdcprograms@georgetown.edu for steps to be added to this discount group.

Contact Us

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Institute for Transformational Leadership
at the School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 687-7000
Email: itlprograms@georgetown.edu
Fax: (202) 784-7200

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