Become a Peer Coach

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

Apply to be a Coach for Spring 2020

Application deadline is Friday, November 8th, 2019. 

*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 Monday, November 18th, 2019.

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

Student Success Coaching (SSC) provides a unique opportunity for students interested in gaining practical experience in a paraprofessional counseling role. Peer coaches hold approximately four hours of appointments in the Center for Student Success each week, and generally, work with 8-10 clients during peak SSC times.

Peer coaches work primarily with students who are placed on academic probation, have mid-term deficiencies, or are directly referred to SSC by faculty and staff.

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 2019)

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.