Life and Career Coaching Certificate

Program Overview

The Life and Career Coaching certificate program at Rider University is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification as a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. Coaches are helping professionals who assist clients in achieving goals in areas such as life transitions, significant relationships, physical health, emotional well-being, career choices, and spirituality. Some coaches carve out a niche by working with business leaders as executive coaches. Coaches differ from other mental health professionals in that they do not work with clients with mental disorders. 

Curriculum Overview

There are three pathways to completion of required coursework, depending on a student's educational and professional background. These pathways range from one to three courses.

Certificate Offered

  • Board Certified Coach

Contact

Christina Hamme Peterson, Psy.D., BCC
Associate Professor, Director of School Counseling and Coaching
Memorial Hall 202
609-895-5487
cpeterson@rider.edu

Program Website: Life and Career Coaching
Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

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Life and Career Coaching Certificate Requirements

There are three pathways to the Life and Career Coaching certificate in order to meet the educational requirements for certification, depending on a student's educational and professional background. 

For students who hold a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in a field outside of social or behavioral science (e.g. mathematics, biology), three courses are required. 

COUN 500Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions3
CNPY 502Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions3
COUN 505Vocational/Career Development3

For students who hold a master’s degree in counseling or a doctoral degree in a social or behavioral science (e.g. social work, education, health, or business), one course is required. 

COUN 501Coaching Principles and Practices3

For students who hold a master’s degree in a social or behavioral science other than counseling (e.g. social work, education, health, or business), two courses are required.

COUN 501Coaching Principles and Practices3
An elective3

Courses and Descriptions

CNPY 502 Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions 3 Credits

Introduces the theoretical constructs of the primary contemporary counseling psychology theories being used in the counseling profession today. The theoretical constructs will be explored for use for self-reflection and self-development and to serve as the basis for development of psychological maps for understanding purposes of clients’ behaviors.

Prerequisite(s): COUN 500 or as corequisite.

COUN 500 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions 3 Credits

Educational, social, and psychological foundations of counseling services. Basic theories, principles, and techniques of counseling and related helping professions, such as coaching, and their applications to professional services. Emphasizes self-awareness as related to becoming a facilitator of helping skills. The team approach to counseling services and the contribution of the various specialties within the total counseling services program are stressed.

COUN 501 Coaching Principles and Practices 3 Credits

The course covers core coaching competencies, including coaching screening and orientation, fundamental skills, assessment, approaches for organizations, and coaching ethics. The course meets all 30-hour educational requirements for certification as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education and is required course for the 60-hour BCC educational requirements.

COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development 3 Credits

Includes organizational change and vocational development theories, research, and literature in the field to inform practice with clients with vocational/career concern. The problems and techniques of using occupational and career information, assessment tools, educational and vocational goal setting, conflict management strategies, and individual and group processes are stressed. Includes concepts of career/life planning and counseling and coaching techniques, lifespan transitions, and the interrelationships among work, family, and other life roles.