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Instructional Coach (Graduate Certificate)

The Instructional Coach graduate certificate provides graduate training necessary to position students to refine, reform, or develop curricula for themselves as well as their pre-service, novice, or veteran peers. Students must already possess an undergraduate degree and teacher certification and should be seeking demonstrative ways to improve (and subsequently share) their pedagogical expertise.  This certificate program fulfills the requirements for a Louisiana Department of Education add-on certification as an Instructional Coach; once completing the program, student must individually apply to the Louisiana Department of Education to officially receive the credential. Students completing the 12 credit hour program will earn a graduate certificate that will appear on their permanent transcript. This certificate program may be pursued in conjunction with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. All twelve hours of the program are transferrable to a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction provided students earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in said coursework.

Because courses in this program will be available only through online distance learning it may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be authorized in states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states. (Visit the Office of Distance Learning to learn more.) International students also may not be eligible. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.

If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in an online program at UL Lafayette, you automatically receive the in-state tuition incentive. That means you pay the in-state tuition amount instead of the out-of-state costs.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to that required for admission to a certificate program by the Graduate School, admission to the Instructional Coach Graduate Certificate Program requires the following:

  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Official Transcripts from all universities attended
  • A cumulative or adjusted undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or successful completion of a Master’s Degree in an education-related field from an accredited institution
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s potential to become a teacher leader

Course Requirements

The graduate certificate in instructional coaching requires 12 graduate credit hours as listed below:

  • EDCI 531: Advanced Professional Strategies
  • EDCI 574: Leading Teacher Learning
  • EDCI 576: Supporting Instruction in the Classroom
  • EDCI 599: Capstone in Curriculum & Instruction

Contact

Dr. Peter Sheppard
Phone: (337) 482-6405
Maxim Doucet Hall, 301
Email: psheppard@louisiana.edu

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