Mentoring and Coaching Graduate Certificate


This online program provides leaders with professional skills and knowledge based on core coaching competencies and guidelines to design effective mentoring and coaching programs. Students may be able to apply some certificate courses toward their master or doctoral degree. Depending on courses chosen by students pursuing this certificate, earning the certificate may permit a student to pursue a Master's Degree in the College of Applied Studies in the School of Education or ISLE department, and for students pursuing the Educational Leadership Doctoral program's Educational Psychology track, they may choose Mentoring & Coaching as an emphasis. The certificate can also be added to existing graduate credentials.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • EL 773 Mentoring and Coaching Transformational Relationships (3)
  • EL 883 Mentoring and Coaching: Metacognitive Practice (3)

Electives (6 credit hours)

6 credit hours of electives should be selected in coordination with a graduate advisor. Potential areas of interest may include: instructional design, leadership, organization change, psychology and counseling.

Below are a just few example elective options based upon subject area:

Educational Psychology
  • CESP 831 Social Psychology
  • CESP 728 Theories of Human Development
  • CLES 820 Learning Theory
  • CLES 902 Psychology of Leadership
  • CLES 904 Psychology of Discourse Processes – for EdD only
MS Ed LID, School of Education
  • CI 795 Change, Creativity and Innovation
  • CI 880 Learning Theory and Curriculum Design
  • CI 881 Instructional Theory
  • CI 893 Instructional Leadership: Professionalism & Collaboration
Educational Leadership
  • EL 813 Introduction to Educational Leadership and School Finance
  • EL 843 Curriculum and Learning Theory
  • El 931 Leadership for Diversity and Social Justice
  • EL 833 School Law and Personnel Management
  • EL 853 Leadership for Special Populations
  • EL 823 Changing the Culture in an Environment of Collaboration and Partnership
  • EL 798 Virtual Learning Teaching & Mentoring
Custom Selection
  • CI 785 Instructional Design and Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • CI 795 Change, Creativity and Innovation
  • CI 880 Learning Theory and Curriculum Design
  • CI 881 Instructional Theory
  • CI 893 Instructional Leadership: Professionalism and Collaboration

Total Credit Hours: 12


Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the program following:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any post bachelor’s graduate work. Students who do not meet the 2.750 grade point average requirement may be admitted to this category on probation if reasonable evidence exists to indicate their ability to perform satisfactorily in 800-level or above coursework.

Current WSU graduate students: To apply for the certificate program, submit the Graduate School's Declaration of Intent to Pursue a Graduate Certificate form located on the Graduate School's webpage. With departmental approval, the student may then be admitted to the certificate program. All Graduate School and departmental admission requirements apply. International students may enroll in the certificate program but must ensure it complies with their visa requirements.