Graduate Certificate in Instructional Coaching 

About the Certificate Program

The Instructional Coaching Certificate is designed to help practicing educators to develop leadership ability for use in the classroom or in expanded roles as:  lead teacher, instructional coach, team leader, curriculum developer, department chairperson, new teacher mentor, or special project leader.

The Instructional Coaching Certificate prepares education professionals to support and enhance teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions leading to higher levels of student achievement.  This hybrid program will allow students to engage in face-to-face coursework or complete their coursework online.  Student will gain practical experience by integrating course content with field-based experiences.

Students will be required to take 12 credit hours of coursework and may be completed in 3-4 semesters. The Instructional Coaching Certificate program is designed to potentially flow into either the Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction or the Master’s in Educational Leadership. This certificate serves as an entry portal into graduate study.  After successful completion of the certificate program, students would be required to take the GRE if that requirement exists within a designated program.

The Instructional Coaching Certificate leads to both a Certificate from LSU as well as eligibility for a Louisiana Department of Education add-on endorsement in Instructional Coaching.


The Instructional Coaching Certificate consists of 12 credit hours designed to develop a deeper understanding of how to nurture and facilitate high performance teaching, increase expertise in identifying struggling and proficient teachers, and improve communication skills.

  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of an undergraduate degree program, and
  • two letters of recommendation documenting an individual’s performance within the field and/or in prior coursework.       


Courses (sequenced)

Course Number Title Hours
EDCI 7930 Promoting Instructional Coaching Institute 3 credit hours
EDCI 7931 Advancing Teacher Leadership 3 credit hours
ELRC 7450 Supervision in Instruction 3 credit hours
ELRC 7404 Internship 3 credit hours




Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell

Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Phone: (225) 578-5998
Office: 220 Peabody Hall

Dr. Sassy C. Wheeler
Dr. Sassy C. Wheeler
Phone: (225) 578-8546
323 Peabody Hall