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Associate of Science in Coaching Psychology

Associate of Science Degree in Coaching Psychology

The Associate of Science Degree in Coaching Psychology Program at Life University stresses an integrative, holistic and evidence-based model to optimizing personal and professional growth in the normal functioning individual. Students are educated concerning cognitive, affective and behavioral modalities — the major domains of functioning — and their reciprocal, dynamic relation to each other, and are taught empirically validated strategies and techniques to facilitate self-development of the “coachee.” Students will gain an understanding of coaching core competencies and the ability to apply them appropriately in different contexts. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to produce individuals that have high-quality applied coaching skills that can be utilized in a diverse number of settings, such as personal realms, health related fields (e.g., nutrition, exercise physiology, Chiropractic) business management, human resources, sports or counseling.

The program, which includes elements of a core four (4) year curriculum, is designed to enable undergraduate students to obtain foundational and skilled-based core competencies, while required to complete 98 quarter hours of undergraduate level coursework. This coursework with a practicum experience and a comprehensive examination has a three-hour written section as well as a graded assessment of students’ coaching skills in the coaching/client context. The practicum experiences will require each student to be coached in a mentor-coach relationship, and to coach three people under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. The coaching psychology certificate curriculum is consistent with the guidelines established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Associate of Science in Coaching Psychology Curriculum


Degree Requirements Students receiving the Associate of Science in Coaching Psychology degree must complete a minimum total of 98 cr. hr. of instruction.:

Communication & Humanities
Area A English Composition I 5 hours
Area B English Composition II 5 hours
Area C Any Com/Hum Elective 5 hours

Sub-total: 15 credit hours

Science, Mathematics and Computers
Area A Introduction to Computers and the Internet 5 hours
Area B College Algebra 5 hours
Area C Any Science Elective 5 hours

Sub-total: 15 credit hours

Psychology Core
Area A Positive Psychology 5 hours
Area B Psychology of Excellence 5 hours
Area C Life-Span Development Psych. 5 hours
Area D Personality Psychology 5 hours
Area E Abnormal Psychology 5 hours

Sub-total: 25 credit hours

Applied Coaching Psychology Requirements
Area A Introduction to Life Coaching 5 hours
Area B Advanced Life Coaching 5 hours
Area C Advanced Life Coaching 5 hours
Area D Legal & Ethical Issues in Life Coaching 2 hours
Area E Coaching Practicum 6 hours

Sub-total: 23 credit hours

Coaching Psycholgy Electives
Area A Psychology of Adjustment 5 hours
Area B Career Coaching 5 hours
Area C Sport Psychology. 5 hours
Area D Psyc. of Religion & Spirituality 5 hours
Area E International & Cross-Cultural Psyc. 5 hours
Area F Marriage & Family 5 hours
Area G Leadership and Group Processes 5 hours
Area H Psychology in the Workplace 5 hours
Area I Psychology of Mind/Body 5 hours
Area J Psychosocial Aspects of Pain Mgt. 5 hours
Area K Health Coaching 5 hours

Sub-total: 55 credit hours

Certification in Coaching Psychology


Certificate Requirements Students acquiring the Coaching Psychology Certificate will complete 63 credit hours in the Coaching Psychology Curriculum as follows:

Psychology Core Requirements
Area A General Psychology 5 hours
Area B Positive Psychology 5 hours
Area C Life-Span Developmental Psyc. 5 hours
Area D Personality Psychology 5 hours
Area E Abnormal Psychology 5 hours
Area F Psyc. of Motivation & Emotion 5 hours

Sub-total: 30 credit hours

Applied Coaching Psychology Reg.
Area A Psychology of Excellence 5 hours
Area B Behavior Modification 5 hours
Area C Introduction to Life Coaching 5 hours
Area D Advanced Life Coaching 5 hours
Area E Legal & Ethical Issues in Coaching 2 hours
Area F Coaching Practicum 3 hours
Area G Coaching Practicum 3 hours

Sub-total: 28 credit hours

Coaching Psychology Electives
Area A Psychology of Adjustment 5 hours
Area B Career Coaching 5 hours
Area C Sport Psychology 5 hours
Area D Psyc. of Religion & Spirituality 5 hours
Area E International & Cross-Cultural Psyc 5 hours
Area F Marriage & Family 5 hours
Area G Psychological Tests & Measurement 5 hours
Area H Leadership and Group Processes 5 hours
Area I Psychology in the Workplace 5 hours
Area J Psychology of Mind/Body 5 hours
Area K Psychosocial Aspects of Pain Mgt. 5 hours

Sub-total: 55 credit hours

Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology (Coaching Track)


To obtain a coaching track concentration, students are required to take PSY 312 – Advanced Life Coaching, PSY 367 – Legal Issues and Ethics in Coaching and PSY 497 – Coaching Practicum. For additional information on the B.S. in Psychology, please see the Psychology degree information here.

Educational Goals


The educational goals of the Coaching Psychology Certificate program are as follows:

Participants will:

  • Learn and adhere to the ICF definition of coaching: “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential;”
  • Be able to co-create the coaching relationship by establishing trust, intimacy and coaching presence;
  • Be able to distinguish between clinical and non-clinical issues and respond accordingly;
  • Know how to establish coaching agreements and engagements that are in alignment with current ICF ethical guidelines and professional standards;
  • Have an extensive communication repertoire, including the ability to craft powerful questions, listen actively, create rapport, support informing, advising, motivation and evaluating in a variety of client settings; and
  • Be able to facilitate learning and results through effective goal setting, creating awareness, action planning, and accountability and managing progress.

Additional Completion Requirements


  • Satisfactory completion of all psychology courses with a minimum grade of C.
  • Satisfactory performance on the three hour written comprehensive examination as well the graded assessment of student’s coaching skills in the coaching/client context with a minimum grade of C.
  • A recommendation for Certification and completion of an exit interview with Psychology faculty.
  • Student Administrative records reviews
  • Registrar Office- complete a formal records review;
  • Financial Aid Office – Exit interviews with a Counselor
  • Student Accounting – Accounting Balance Reconciliation and/or “Perkins” Exit interview.
  • Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101 and FYE 103 completion status requirements.

For courses and descriptions, please see the Academic Catalog

Faculty


You will have many professors and instructors throughout your educational experience at Life University, regardless of degree. Below is a listing of professors you will have as a Psychology student:

Name Title Phone
Collier, Cherry Dr. 7704262697

Cherry.Collier@LIFE.edu
Parsons, Mickey Mr. 7704262697

Mickey.Parsons@LIFE.edu
Shook, Richard Dr. 7704262697

Richard.Shook@LIFE.edu