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Practice-Based Coaching I: Engaging Interactions & Environments (EDC&I 495)


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Days, Flexible
  • Cost : $1,350

Next Start Date:

October 26, 2020

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About this Course

Studies have shown that top-quality instruction and caregiving from an early age can make a major difference in children’s subsequent educational achievement and well-being. Highly trained early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches are a crucial part of this effort. In this course, we’ll examine some of the guiding principles and key skills of Practice-Based Coaching in early childhood and before- and after-school settings.

This is an online course, with a one-day, real-time online session and seven online self-paced sessions.

The one-day real-time session focuses on deepening and generalizing the collective understanding of effective foundational coaching practices. You'll observe and critique practices in a variety of situations, then share and receive feedback with your Community of Reflection and Practice (CORP) group members.

The remaining sessions rely on self-guided Canvas modules, interactive discussion forums and active use of the Coaching Companion. You'll engage with your peers to reflect on and analyze your coaching practice, as well as to incorporate the foundational skills introduced during the one-day session. Video-recorded assignments are a critical element of the course, supporting self-reflection, assessment and feedback from instructors and peers.

You can apply the three credits earned in this course toward completion of the Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching, which starts next in winter 2021.


Early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches who want to acquire coaching competencies for collaborative partnerships in early learning and before- and after-school settings.

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to grow and improve your competency in the basic skills of Practice-Based Coaching
  • Techniques for applying your knowledge of coach competencies and skills and engaging interactions and environments in virtual coaching sessions with either a client or peers
  • How to develop aptitude for accurate and productive self-assessment of coaching competence in order to facilitate professional growth

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

This course is offered 100 percent online and runs from October 26, 2020, to December 31, 2020. Students are required to attend a real-time online session on November 6, 2020, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Pacific time); breaks are included.


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Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

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