Life and Career Coaching Certification

This slideshow is not enabled

What is life coaching?

Life 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.  

Who can become a life coach?

  • If you’re interested in the helping professions, you will be equipped to launch a private practice in life coaching.
  • If you are an administrative or business leader, you can serve as an executive coach, facilitating organizational change in larger systems.
  • If you are a teacher trained in coaching skills, you can assist in the development and delivery of full-service education models in schools.
  • If you are a school psychologist or school counselor, you will obtain additional skills in facilitating the career development and emotional well-being of students.

How do I become certified as a life coach at Rider University?

The 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.

There are three pathways to completion of required coursework, depending on your educational background:

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in a field outside of social or behavioral science (e.g. mathematics, biology), you must complete three counseling courses:

  • COUN 500 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions
  • CNPY 502 Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions
  • COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development

Schedule of Classes

Term Course Day(s) of Class Meeting Time
Spring COUN 500 Mondays 4:30-7:10pm
Spring CNPY 502 Tuesdays 4:30-7:10pm
Spring COUN 550 Mondays
Summer II COUN 505 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-9pm
Fall COUN 500 Wednesdays 7:20-10pm
Fall COUN 501 Mondays 7:20-10pm
Fall CNPY 502 Mondays 4:30-7:10pm
Fall COUN 505 Thursdays 7:20-10pm
Fall COUN 550
Fall COUN 550 Tuesdays 7:20-10:00pm

*Spring and Fall semesters run for 14 weeks. Summer semesters run for 5 weeks. View the academic calendar for the exact dates of the Fall and Spring. View the summer calendar for the exact dates of the Summer Rider Graduate Education academic calendar.

If you have completed a master’s degree in counseling or a doctoral degree in a social or behavioral science (e.g. social work, education, health, or business), you must complete only one course:

COUN 501 Coaching Principles and Practices

If you have completed a master’s degree in a social or behavioral science other than counseling (e.g. social work, education, health, or business), you must complete two courses:

COUN 501 Coaching Principles and Practices
An Elective (select one of the following):

  • COUN 550 Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory
  • COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development

In addition to the required coursework, the Center for Credentialing in Education requires candidates for the coaching certificate to complete 30-hours of coaching field experience and a credentialing exam. Please see the CCE website for the credentialing requirements.

Note: In the event of course cancellation, the dean’s staff or program director will notify students so that alternative course selections can be made in a timely manner. Students enrolled in canceled courses are entitled to refunds. 

For admission information or program information, please contact:

Headshot of Juleen Buser
Professor and Director, School Counseling and Coaching Programs
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218-E

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Research Interests and Professional Background

My research agenda focuses on coping strategies—specifically the maladaptive coping strategies of eating disorder symptomatology and self-injury.

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall