Leadership Coaching Certificate

The Leadership Coaching Certificate provides students an opportunity to complete the requirements necessary to earn a nationally recognized credential in an emerging field.

The University of San Diego’s Leadership Coaching Certificate is a comprehensive program that uses proven approaches to prepare established and aspiring coaches with the skills needed to advance their professions. These approaches are unique in helping coaches become reflective practitioners who are able to bring quality and depth to their work in a range of professional settings. An emphasis is placed on developing the coach as an instrument of practice, where the relationship with the client is at the center.

Professionals with established coaching practices, those who are new to the field, human resource officers and those from related careers are ideal candidates. Consultants and clinicians can also benefit greatly from the program. Managers who find that coaching is increasingly an expectation in their work will also find value in completing these courses. USD graduate students can use these courses towards their MA or PhD course requirements.

The University of San Diego, Department of Leadership Studies is a BCC founding CCE-approved coach training provider for the Executive Leadership Coaching certification preparation. Participants who successfully complete all five courses will be eligible for the Board Certified Coach credential (BCC) exam through the Center for Credentialing and Education. In addition, they will have the training and mentor hours required to apply for an ACC or PCC credential through the ICF via the Portfolio Path. Details regarding what this entails can be found on the ICF’s website www.coachfederation.org.

Upon successful completion of the certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Coach individuals, teams, and groups
  • Consistently demonstrate coaching skills aligned with ICF core competencies
  • Self-observe and self-correct to avoid situations that compromise coaching
  • Use a holistic, developmental approach to coaching
  • Apply performance/situational coaching practices where relevant
  • Recognize and deal with cultural differences and assist clients in doing the same
  • Co-create fieldwork tailored to support and stabilize client development

The Foundations of Leadership Coaching Course, the first in the course series, is typcially scheduled to be offered beginning each September, during USD's Fall term, with the subsequent courses to follow.

Contact Beth Garofalo for questions or inquiries by email or at 619-260-7790.


The Leadership Coaching Certificate offers a total of 150 hours of coach specific training that is conducted in person on campus. It comprises five courses and takes place over three semesters, lasting approximately twelve months. In addition to providing coaching specific learning modules, the program offers experiential and applied learning opportunities for students through peer-to-peer and client-based coaching practice. Assigned reading and reflective assignments assist participants in further integrating their learning. Throughout the program, students’ development is supported through mentor coaching provided by credentialed coaches. Successfully completing all the courses in the series, as well as the passing of a final evaluation of demonstrated coaching skills, is required in order to receive the Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the University of San Diego.

The five required courses must be taken in sequence, with the exception of Human Relations for Leaders, which may be taken either in January or June of an academic year.

The course sequence, by semester, is as follows:

course outline - contains the text "Foundations of Leadership Coaching - fall, Core Competencies of Leadership Coaching - Spring Semester, Building Professional Practice in Leadership Coaching - summer, Practicum in Leadership Coaching - summer, Human Relations for Leaderes - intersessions or summer  

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The Foundations of Leadership Coaching Course, the first in the course series, is next scheduled to be offered in September 2020.

Contact Beth Garofalo for questions or inquiries by email or at 619-260-7790.



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Linda Braun-Leibowitz MA Clin. Psy., Certified Integral Coach, PCC

Linda is an adjunct professor and lead instructor for the Leadership Coaching Certificate program, University of San Diego. She is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, as well as a Certified IntegralÒ Coach. She has 25 years of experience in the fields of coaching, facilitation, and training. She has previously served as faculty for the Center for Coaching in South Africa and as adjunct faculty for New Ventures West in San Francisco. Linda practiced as a licensed Clinical Psychologist for several years before transitioning into organizational consulting and executive and leadership coaching. As a coach practitioner, Linda co-founded her own coaching business in San Diego where she coaches senior leaders and their teams in a wide range of for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Zachary Green PhD, BCC

Zachary is a professor of practice in Leadership Studies and the Director of Leadership and Diversity Initiatives at the Nonprofit Institute, University of San Diego. He is lead faculty for the RISE Urban Leadership Fellows and founding faculty of the USD Leadership Coaching Certificate Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Zachary teaches courses on organizational behavior, coaching, human development, dialogue, negotiations, mindfulness, and love. As a practitioner, Zachary’s clients include multinational corporations, government agencies, NGO’s, universities, religious institutions, and nonprofit entities. He has coached top leaders at the World Bank for the better part of two decades. Zachary holds certification as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and is a member of the International Coach Federation.

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For application Information, please email bethg@sandiego.edu

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