CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program

Over the past ten years, the coaching profession has grown rapidly in the corporate world as well as in higher education, non-profits and a variety of other sectors. The Doerr Institute for New Leaders (DINL), in partnership with the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is offering a rigorous and International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program that allows participants to develop and expand their coaching skills. 

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The CoachRICE training program uses a variety of teaching methodologies to deliver a practical skill set while maintaining a level of theoretical curriculum consistent with Rice University standards. Participants will develop their personal leadership skills as well as the ability to support leadership development in others. Through concentrated learning modules, participants will explore processes that combine collaboration, creativity and compassion to become a co-active agent of change for clients and organizations.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Rice Certificate of Achievement and earn the 60 hours of coach-specific training required for ICF’s  Associate Certified Coach (ACC) application.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start datesort descending
PCOM1700.S18.1 Holly Tompson, Melanie Polk On-campus Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018

Instructor: Holly Tompson

Dr. Holly Tompson, Ph.D., PCC, is currently the Associate Director for Coaching in the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University.


Melanie Polk, PCC, is a certified coach and consultant for the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University and the President of Bright House Marketing.


Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

End Date: May 04, 2018

Schedule: Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Length: Four Thursdays and Four Fridays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $5,750


Note: Application deadline is Nov. 1. Accepted applicants will be notified by Nov. 15. Upon acceptance, 50 percent of payment is due by Nov. 22, and full payment must be received by Dec. 15.

  • Professional coaches interested in continuing to develop and enhance their established skillset
  • Internal organization coaches
  • Managers and leaders who wish to add coaching to their portfolio
  • Professionals in allied fields who want to add coaching skills to their resume
  • University professors who are interested in creating courses on leadership
  • Human resource (HR) and organizational development professionals (OD&T) who want advance their career



The tuition does not include the cost of textbooks (estimate of $200). A reading syllabus will be provided to accepted applicants of the program. Upon acceptance, 50 percent of payment is due on Nov. 22, and full payment must be received by Dec. 15. For additional information regarding the tuition and fees, visit the Policies page

  • Tuition includes an emotional intelligence assessment (EQ-I 2.0) and one-on-one coaching session
  • ICF Certified instructors who are experts in distinct areas of leadership and coaching session
  • Rigorous and experiential curriculum
  • Five individual observation reports on coaching progress

Rice staff/faculty/alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Modules and Schedule

Introduction to Coaching  |  Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Goal Focused Coaching  |  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Leadership Coaching  |  Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, March 30, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Inclusion Practices in Coaching  |  Thursday, May 3, 2018  from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dinner provided on Thursdays, and coffee provided on Fridays.


This program is divided into four modules. Each module is comprised of 12 classroom hours and three hours of pre-class assignments. Modules are delivered through a combination of face-to-face instruction, presentations, discussions, dyadic exercises, fishbowls and other interactive methods and independent studies. All required modules, including pre-class hours, are completed over a period of four months. Classes will take place on the Rice University campus, and the location will be provided to students upon registration.

Total Hours: 48 classroom instruction + 12 asynchronous (self-study) = 60 coach-specific hours

Rice staff/faculty/alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

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