Program overview

The Life and Career Coaching program prepares students to assist clients in achieving goals in areas such as life transitions, significant relationships, physical health, emotional well-being, career choices and spirituality. Students may choose to pursue a standalone certificate or may earn their M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Life and Career Coaching. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements for certification as a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.

For the certificate, there are three pathways to completion of required coursework, depending on your educational background

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The certificate program is offered in hybrid and 100% online formats. 

Program requirements

Students can earn a master's degree or graduate certificate. 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. 

Common careers

Coaches are helping professionals who assist clients in achieving goals.

Common Topics Addressed

  • Life transitions
  • Significant relationships
  • Physical health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Career choices
  • Spirituality

Contact

For information about the M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Kellie McKinney

Assistant Professor I

Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

kmckinney [at] rider.edu

609-895-5636

Academic Focus: Organizational Leadership

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Contact

For information about counseling programs

Juleen Buser

Professor, Director of School Counseling and Coaching Programs

Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

jbuser [at] rider.edu

609-895-5486

Academic Focus: Counseling Services