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Professional Executive Coaching Certificate

Be a Catalyst for Change
With the Townsend Institute’s Professional Executive Coaching Certificate

Be a catalyst for change.

The Townsend Institute's graduate certificate program for Professional Executive Coaching Certificate at Concordia University provides intentional and engaging coursework to grow your coaching toolbox. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our experienced faculty, students learn how to partner with their clients in a thought-provoking, creative, and collaborative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.


Accessible: Online Classes

  • Offered in English


Affordable: $635 Cost Per Unit

ICF Approved Coach Training Program

Accredited: ICF Approved Coach Training Program

WASC | Senior College and University Commission

Accredited: WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited


Accelerated: 8 Month Program

Start in February or August

  • Learn how to facilitate transformational relationships
  • Become a practical, skills-based practitioner
  • Personally learn from Dr. John Townsend
  • Engage with world-class Christian thought leaders

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I would absolutely recommend this program. It is so rich, scripturally based, and business driven. It uses all areas of your brain and will just make you better at relationships.

Cheryl Todd

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Experience a new kind of relational education. Join us online LIVE and hear from our faculty, academic advisors, current students, and alumni about their experience in the Townsend Institute.

  • Ask Dr. John Townsend your questions about the Institute and our offerings
  • Learn how our counseling and leadership programs can advance your career
  • Connect with other prospective students exploring our programs
  • Become eligible for scholarships and other prizes by participating in our info session

Founded by best-selling author and leading Christian thought leader Dr. John Townsend, the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine brings together Christians from all across the country and across all walks of life. For years, Dr. Townsend, along with the Institute’s Fellows and faculty, have been transforming lives. Now you too have the opportunity to learn from master practitioners with decades of real world experience.

The Professional Coaching Certificate (15 credits) is 35 weeks. Students will take one 7-week course at a time. Learning activities will involve approximately 10 to 12 hours of your time invested each week.

Should you wish to continue your education, the certificate program coursework can apply to the corresponding Master’s degree at the Townsend Institute.

Professional Coaching Certificate - Core Courses

  • EXCC 600: Personal Development Skills Process Group (3 units)
  • EXCC 612: Executive Coaching and Character Development (3 units)
  • EXCC 613: Developing the Executive Coaching Relationship (3 units)
  • EXCC 614: Advanced Executive Coaching (3 units)
  • EXCC 621: EXCC 621: Coaching Mentorship (3 units)

For course descriptions, please see the Academic Catalog.

The Townsend Institute takes a different approach to academics. We know it’s the time you spend with people who have legitimate on-the-ground experiences and have accomplished their goals that has the greatest impact. That’s why we provide students with the opportunity to personally learn from Dr. John Townsend, our Institute Fellows and faculty. Together, they cultivate a relational learning experience, addressing the head and the heart through science and data.

We believe there is great value in frequent, real-time interaction with fellow students and your instructors. Our graduate programs launch with a 4-Day Residency where you will meet Dr. Townsend personally as he and our Townsend Institute Fellows conduct a series of trainings. You will also go through 8 process-focused growth groups – you will not leave the same person.

To learn more about the Institute’s 4-day Residency, attend a Townsend LIVE info session.

The Townsend Institute is housed within Concordia University Irvine, a private, Lutheran university. Located in Southern California, Concordia serves over 4,000 students annually, on campus and online. Centered by a Christian worldview, and guided by the Great Commission, Concordia is home to a thoughtful and caring community of learners.

The coaching field is growing and the future looks bright. Fortune 100 companies regularly hire coaches as consultants to develop their executives, improve their teams, spur creativity, and solve problems. Individuals hire coaches to establish goals and pursue their vision, gain confidence, develop their careers, and improve their personal lives.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to have all documentation in early because there are a limited number of spaces available.

Application Requirements

  • An application with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Written essay (2 pages, 500 words) addressing the following items:
    • Personal, professional, and educational goals
    • In your experience, what is the best way that a person grows or changes?
    • What interested you in applying to the Townsend Institute as opposed to other programs?
  • Minimum of 1 professional reference required.
  • A current professional resume

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Take your next step toward creating the career, and the life, you’ve been waiting for.

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