Instructional Coaching Certificate

About the Instructional Coaching Certificate at Loyola

With the Instructional Coaching Certificate at Loyola University Chicago, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need as a teacher leader to help your colleagues improve their teaching and learning through instruction, curriculum, and using information and data.

Courses for this fully online coaching certificate are taught by dedicated faculty who have direct experience in school settings. They are focused on excellence in curriculum and instruction strategies and have years of experience guiding and supporting students just like you through the coaching certificate program.

Over the course of the coaching certificate online, you will create an implementation plan for instructional coaching at your school.

Program Structure

Open to teachers and teacher leaders, the Instructional Coaching Certificate can be pursued on a part-time basis. The coaching certificate program consists of four 3-credit courses, which are all offered online.

To enroll in the coaching certificate online at Loyola Chicago University, you must have a teaching license, credential, or certificate or comparable credential as well as two years of teaching experience.

Why Choose Loyola for the Instructional Coaching Certificate?

Focused on best practices

Stay ahead of the curve and empower your colleagues with the most effective methods of leading professional learning with a coaching certificate focused on best practices.

This enhanced credential in instructional coaching can propel your career forward by giving you the education you need to be a highly effective instructional coach.

Three of the courses for the coaching certificate online can be applied to the core requirement for the MEd in Principal Preparation at Loyola University Chicago.

Through this 12-hour coaching certificate program at Loyola University Chicago you can earn the credential you need to become an instructional coach within one year.

All four of the 3-credit courses for the coaching certificate are offered fully online. With asynchronous learning, you can take courses on a schedule that works best for you.

With rolling admission, you can start the coaching certificate program in the fall or spring semester. Two classes are offered in fall and two in spring, so you could take just one class per semester until you complete all four classes. Or you could take two classes per semester and finish in one calendar year.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Instructional Coaching Certificate program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Instructional Coaching Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Instructional Coaching Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Instructional Coaching Certificate totals $12300.00, or 12 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Instructional Coaching Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Priority: February 1
General: July 1

December 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Instructional Coaching Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Licensure

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Work Experience

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be no more than 2 pages (double spaced) and describe your professional goals as they relate to curriculum and instruction in your classroom and school. You should also include life or teaching experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Applying online to the Instructional Coaching Certificate program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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