Become a Peer Coach

Gain professional experience assisting students and be able to put theory to practice!

Apply to be a Coach for Spring 2021

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 14th, 2021. 

*As a reminder, students who are interested in applying to become a Student Success Coach must turn in two recommendation forms with their application. Completed recommendation forms need to be submitted by Wednesday, April 14th.

What Does a Peer Coach Do?Student with their peer advisor

Student Success Coaching provides a unique opportunity for students interested in gaining practical experience in a paraprofessional counseling role. Peer coaches, also known as Student Success Coaches, hold private academic coaching appointments in the Center for Student Success each week, and generally, work with 8-10 clients during peak academic times. 

During the semester, coaches will have four hours per week (typically in 2-hour blocks) dedicated to meeting with students for coaching, managing student case files, etc. Additionally, coaches are required to participate in one hour of small group supervision and one hour of large group supervision each week. Supervision is led by a Licensed Psychologist and a Practicum Intern from the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion.

All Student Success Coaches must enroll in PSYC 497: Applied Experience in Psychology (CRN 4267) or in MFTS 366: Applied Experience in Peer Assistance (CRN 1495) during the Spring 2021 semester for two academic units.

Student Success Coaches develop their professional skills to prepare them for graduate-level supervision and experience. Many of our student coaches go on to graduate programs across the country in focuses such as clinical psychology, art therapy, social work, medical school, and education. 

Required Courses

All peer coaches must have successfully completed an upper-division course, MFTS 365: Current Approaches to Peer Assistance. Students selected as peer coaches must then enroll in MFTS 366: Applied Experience in Peer Assistance in which they receive ongoing training and intensive supervision throughout their experience.

For detailed descriptions of the required courses, download the following PDF file: MFTS 365 and MFTS 366

Enroll This Spring

MFTS 365: Current Approaches to Peer Assistance (Spring 2021)

Credits: 3
Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This course exposes students to the practical application of theoretical concepts and empirical data related to student wellness, academic success, adaptation to college and peer counseling. The course also provides students with an introduction to peer counseling skills and offers a framework for the implementation of programming, outreach, and intervention used to address current issues facing college students.

Coaching Success Stories

Clients of Student Success Coaching are not the only success stories! Students who completed the course and became a peer coach have been accepted into graduate programs such as psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, and more!


See what former peer coaches have to say about MFTS 365 and the SSC program:

"I feel more prepared for grad school. I'll have a leg-up on a lot of the other students in there that won't have first-hand experience."

Peer Coach, 2015

"I really feel like my communication has improved. Even overall talking to other people. It is easier to be interested and ask questions to find out things about people instead of shallow conversation levels."

Peer Coach, 2014

"I found the whole experience to be rewarding. You're meeting one-on-one with someone and you are watching them develop throughout the semester, and watching them improve themselves."

Peer Coach, 2014

Begin quote My experience as a peer coach has been a wonderful learning experience! I have had the change to learn skills that will prepare me for my professional career in clinical psychology, while also having the opportunity to work with my peers to ensure their academic success. – Peer Coach, 2013

For questions about Student Success Coaching, please contact the Center for Student Success at or (619) 260-5995.