New UHV professional coaching certificate available in fall

Joann Olson

The University of Houston-Victoria is offering a new certificate for the first time this fall in the emerging field of professional coaching.

Professional coaching has received a lot of attention in recent years partly because of increasing changes and volatility in many business environments, said Joann Olson, a UHV School of Education and Human Development assistant professor and program coordinator of the school's adult and higher education program.

"UHV is working to help make coaching a legitimate academic and professional pursuit," she said. "We have the opportunity to be at the forefront of this movement. The field is going to grow, and we are choosing to be a leader by providing academically grounded, credible courses."

UHV's online, graduate-level professional coaching courses will be based on decades of academic research in positive psychology, emotional intelligence and transformative learning, Olson said. The three courses will cover theories, practices, coaching relationships, positive changes, strategies and skills. They are written in line with standards of the International Coach Federation, an organization dedicated to making the rapidly growing field more professional and regulated.

The classes are designed for professionals seeking leadership development, such as education and health care administrators, academic and career advisers and teacher mentors. Although distinct from athletic coaching, the topics and techniques presented in the courses may be beneficial to those leading athletes as well, Olson said.

"This is perfect for those wanting to expand their interpersonal skills and learn new ways to interact with people," she said. "There are countless ways professionals can use the insight and skills taught in the professional coaching certificate program."

For more information about the UHV School of Education & Human Development, visit www.uhv.edu/edu or call 361-570-4262.