Graduate Certificate in Instructional Coaching 

About the Certificate Program

The Instructional Coaching Certificate consists of 12 credit hours designed to develop a deeper understanding of how to nurture and facilitate high performance teaching, increase expertise in identifying struggling and proficient teachers, and improve communication skills. This hybrid program allows students to engage in face-to-face coursework or complete their coursework online.  Students gain practical experience by integrating course content with field-based experiences. It helps practicing educators to develop leadership ability for use in the classroom or in expanded roles as: lead teacher, instructional coach, team leader, curriculum developer, department chairperson, new teacher mentor, or special project leader.

Students are required to take 12 credit hours of coursework and may be completed in 3-4 semesters. The Instructional Coaching Certificate program is designed to lead into either the Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction or the Master’s in Educational Leadership. This certificate serves as an entry portal into graduate study. The Instructional Coaching Certificate leads to both an LSU graduate certificate and satisfies Louisiana Department of Education requirements for an Instructional Coaching endorsement.


  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of an undergraduate degree program, and
  • two letters of recommendation documenting an individual’s performance within the field and/or in prior coursework.       

Required Coursework

EDCI 7930 Seminar: Curriculum & Instruction (Promoting Instructional Coaching Institute) (3)*

EDCI 7931 Seminar: Curriculum & Instruction (Advancing Teacher Leadership) (3)*

ELRC 7422 Introduction to School Improvement/Action Research (3)

ELRC 7404 Internship in Educational Administration (3)*

* Requirements for endorsement as Instructional Coach.



Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD
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