CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program

Certify your coaching expertise at one of the top academic institutions in the U.S. CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program is a 60- hour, ICF-accredited program that helps develop and expand leadership coaching skills.

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders is offering CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching program. Administered by the Glasscock School, this program uses a variety of teaching methodologies to give you a practical coaching skillset combined with the theoretical academic standards of Rice University. Tailor your CoachRICE experience to the industry of your choice and learn how to develop your personal leadership skills while supporting the leadership development of others. Through the CoachRICE program, establish yourself as an expert in leadership coaching and assist high-level employees make decisions that benefit your entire organization. After successful completion of the program, participants have the opportunity to earn a Rice Certificate of Achievement and the 60 hours of coach-specific training required for ICF’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC) application. Applications are no longer being accepted for the fall 2017 session. Apply now for the spring 2018 session. 

Applications are due on Nov. 1 and accepted applicants will receive notification by Nov. 15.

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  • 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

CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program consists of classroom instruction and self-study. Classroom meetings occur eight Thursdays and Fridays at Rice University's Anderson-Clarke Center for face-to-face instruction, discussion and presentation.

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 modules are required for completion, including all pre-class hours. The program is scheduled over a period of four months. Classes take place on the Rice University campus. Dinner provided on Thursdays, and coffee provided on Fridays.

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

Introduction to Coaching Module

Dates: Thursday, Jan. 25, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Introduction to Coaching covers an in-depth overview of the practice of coaching. Topics include ethics, core competencies, roles clarifications and basic coaching framework.

At the end of this module, participants:

  • Have a beginning definition of their desired self as coach
  • Identify differences between coaching, consulting, mentoring, and therapy
  • Demonstrate co-creating an agenda with a client
  • Demonstrate core elements of reaching agreement

Goal Focused Coaching Module

Dates: Thursday, Feb.22, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

This module focuses on the introduction of goals to the coaching engagement. This includes practices for supporting client movement toward a desirable outcome. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Experience the three phases of a coaching session
  • Demonstrate understanding of powerful questions
  • Establish focused goals with a client

Leadership Coaching Module

Dates: Thursday, March 29, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, March 30, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

This module addresses leadership as it relates to coaching and the coach. Basic principles of emotional intelligence and engagement are covered. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Incorporate leadership elements into coaching sessions
  • Create awareness with clients on issues of emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrate ability to support a client's Leadership Development Plan

Inclusion Practices in Coaching Module

Dates: Thursday, May 3, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Inclusion Practices in Coaching takes the coaching practice to a deeper level of focusing on blind spots and inclusive practices and is intended to heighten diversity awareness in both the coach and client. At the end of this module, participants:

  • Incorporate leadership elements into coaching sessions
  • Use methods of blind spot identification with clients related to multiple types of diversity
  • Demonstrate a complete coaching session to ICF ACC standards

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Fee: $5, 750

The fee 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.

Refund Policy

Please see our Policy page for more information.

Financial Assistance

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

CoachRICE is taught by leading experts in the professional coaching field.

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

John P. Schuster, PCC, is an executive coach and teaches coaching skills at Rice University, Columbia University and the Hudson Institute of Coaching. He conducts programs on career renewal and planning for retirement in multiple corporate and nonprofit environments. 

Prerequisites for CoachRice

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum five years of experience with preference given to those who have worked in human resources, organizational behavior, organizational development, or a related field
  • Leadership experience -- It is not a requirement that the applicant be in an official supervisory position. Rather, we recognize that participants will benefit from being able to reflect on past leadership experiences in a variety of professional or community-based situations (e.g. team leader for a project, role in a civic organization, opportunity for influence in a sports or religious organization, etc.)

Admission Process

Application review for the fall 2017 cohort is currently underway. Apply for the spring 2018 cohort below.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Admission Decision: November 15, 2017

Note: Upon acceptance, 50 percent of the tuition is due secure your space in the CoachRICE. Any remaining payment is due on Dec. 15.

To meet the needs of potential candidates, CoachRICE will host in-person and online information sessions. Please use the button below to sign up for an information session that best works for your location and schedule.

In-person information session options: March 28, 6 p.m. or May 8, 6 p.m. at Rice University's Anderson-Clarke Center

Online information session options: May 8 or June 25 at noon Central time

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