Certificate, Executive Coaching for Equity

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Credit available Non-credit

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Learn the fundamentals of executive coaching including how to create the conditions to explore equity issues and to have the opportunity to have difficult conversations within professional coaching and supervisory relationships. Develop coaching strategies to build trust within teams, departments, and organizations.

Application​ deadlines

September 30, 2023

Program Details

Campus: CU Denver Online

The Executive Coaching for Equity Certificate is a professional, non-degree certificate designed for leaders within organizations, school districts, non-profits, and institutions of higher education. Our approach at the University of Colorado Denver is to support working professionals in an engaging, blended format of monthly modules completed through asynchronous and live, interactive virtual sessions. Our research-based curriculum of best practices in coaching is aligned with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) coaching competencies. Participants will receive one-to-one coaching from an Executive Coach as part of their professional growth and coaching development.


  • Learn the language, skills, and tools to use coaching as a lever for transformational change

  • Influence an inclusive culture with effective coaching practices

  • Meet proficiency in the ICF Core Competencies for Coaching

  • Coach clients

  • Practice professional coaching practices that build upon your team’s, department’s, school’s, or organization’s success

  • Learn how to support your organization's emerging leaders as a coach

Timeline & Structure

The next cohort for Executive Coaching for Equity Certificate begins with an in-person weekend in October 2023 and completes at the beginning of May 2024 with three face-to-face weekends; one in October, January, and April. Each month a virtual module will provide our coaching curriculum with a required two-hour, live Zoom call for in-depth discussions and coaching practice. Zoom calls will be scheduled with the cohort to ensure availability and maximum participation.

Participatory Commitment

This 8-month non-degree, continuing professional education certificate requires participants to complete one module per month and to practice coaching within an applicable, real-life context. Each participant needs to commit to approximately 15 hours per month between the learning materials and active coaching.

One-to-One Mentor Coaching

Participants will also have access to their own executive coach for individual coaching sessions each month to support their own professional growth as a coach.


Monthly Topics
[10/20 - 10/21]
Month 1: Foundations for Executive Coaching
Format: Module/In-person weekend retreat
Friday - 2pm to 6 pm.
Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm; (break for lunch)
November 15.
3-5 pm MST
Month 2: Mindsets for Equity
Format: Virtual module w/ Live Zoom session
December 13.
3-5 pm MST
Month 3: Coaching Relationships
Format: Virtual module w/ Zoom session
Month 4: Competency-based Coaching with Essential Practices
Format: Module/In-person weekend retreat
Friday - 2pm to 6 pm;
Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm; (break for lunch)
February 21.
3-5 pm MST
Month 5: Active Listening within Competency-based Coaching
Format: Virtual module w/ Zoom session
March 13.
3-5 pm MST
Month 6: Transformational Coaching and Cultural Competence
Format: Virtual module w/ Zoom session
[4/26 - 4/27]
Month 7: Cultivating Growth through Coaching
Format: Module/In-person weekend retreat
Final practice feedback of competencies
Friday - 2pm to 6 pm.
Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm; (break for lunch)
Month 8: Next Steps & Final Follow-up
Format: Virtual module
Next Steps for Coaching Directory Entry

Program Cost

Tuition: $8,000*
A payment plan is available.

There is a non-refundable 50-dollar application fee upon submission of the application.

The deadline for the first payment is September 30, 2023. Your credit card will automatically be charged again in December and March, and you should receive an email notifying you of the charge in advance. If your credit card or contact information changes, please email  ingrid.summers@ucdenver.edu immediately. The card information you use for the initial payment will also be used for subsequent payments.

*Costs of materials not included
*Cost of housing, transportation, and flights not included 
*10% discount for CU Denver EdD students and alumni

Recommended Completion Time:8 months

Admission Requirements

  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Write a 500-word statement or share a 5 minute video sharing more about your professional self and answer the following questions:
    • What are the dispositions, beliefs, and skills an effective Executive Coach needs to begin an Executive Coaching in Equity program?
    • What strengths do you bring as a participant in this coaching program?
  • Agree to a possible, follow-up interview

For more information, email us at cpe@ucdenver.edu or call us at 303-315-5000