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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, students must individually apply to the Louisiana Department of Education to officially receive the credential. For more information regarding credentialing requirements, please visit the licensure programs page.

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 overall GPA in said coursework.

Because courses in this program will only be available online, the program may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be in compliance in every state where a student is located. (Visit the Online Programs website 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.

Online students enrolled in 100-percent online programs pay a flat-rate, $480-per-credit-hour tuition. Additional course fees, including materials, labs and proctoring fees, are not included. Online students are not assessed additional operational and activity fees or out-of-state tuition.

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
  • An overall 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 572: Current Issues in K-12 Instruction Practicum


Dr. Natalie Keefer
Phone: 337-482-5266
Girard Hall 101A

Learn more about the instructional coach graduate certificate.