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Executive Coaching Program

The Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) at American University is an executive coaching program that is ideal for anyone who seeks to become an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set him or herself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees.


Our LCOP program is accredited by ICF as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP). The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the largest accrediting body for institutional executive coaching programs. They require Coach Training Programs to go through a rigorous application and accreditation process, resulting in programs that are recognized throughout both the coaching industry and by those who hire coaches.

In-Person and Interactive

Classes meet in-person, once a month, for two- or three full-day blocks. This provides the students the perfect balance between world-class instruction, real-world networking and work-life balance.

In addition to 12 full days of in-class instruction, learning is enhanced by weekly telephone conference calls, assigned readings, and journaling.

Fall 2019 Cohort Dates

Session 1
September 4, 5, 6
Session 2
September 24, 25
Session 3
October 22, 23
Session 4
November 20, 21
Session 5
December 10, 11, 12


  • Classes meet in-person once a month for two- or three-day blocks, and instruction lasts from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • In addition to 12 full days of in-class instruction, learning is supplemented by weekly telephone conference calls, assigned readings, and journaling. Full-Day attendance to these twelve sessions is required to earn the certificate.
  • Students begin to practice coaching after the second module and record their coaching sessions to receive individual feedback from faculty members and accredited coaches to help them improve and further develop their coaching skills.


American University is centrally located in the Washington Metro Area and offers convenient on-site parking and access to public transportation.

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Informational Webinars

  • August 1

Webinars run from noon to 1 p.m. EDT.

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Fall 2019 Dates

Session Starts: Sep 4
12 in-person classes

To inquire about our future sessions, please Request Info.

Success through Executive Coaching

Explore the program through the eyes of alumni and instructors.

Sample Attending Companies

Central Intelligence Agency - Department of Defense - Department of the Navy - Department of Education - PricewaterhouseCoopers - IBM - Booz Allen Hamilton - Merck - Johnson & Johnson - Morgan Stanley - Nestle - Pepsico - ESPN - Chase - Capital One - Sanofi - Otsuka - Novartis

Accredited Coach Training Program

Executive Coaching Modules

Learning Objective: Participants explore foundational coaching concepts and their relationship to adult learning theory.

Topics Covered:
  • PIB coaching model and adult learning perspective
  • What is coaching?
  • Stages of Learning – Gordon Model
  • Active listening skills
  • Powerful questioning
  • Coaching presence
Learning Objective: Participants discover how to be fully present, build trust, and establish authenticity with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Values-based coaching
  • Mental models
  • Perspectives coaching
  • Establishing trust and intimacy
  • Technical problems vs adaptive challenges
  • Establishing the coaching relationship
Learning Objective: Participants learn how to use language and emotions to create purposeful conversations with clients

Topics Covered:
  • Ladder of Inference
  • Designing actions
  • Planning and goal-setting
  • Coaching communication skills
  • Coaching emotions
  • Managing progress and accountability
Learning Objective: Participants learn to apply their newfound coaching skills in support of the client’s change journey and goals.

Topics Covered
  • Change and personal change journey
  • Use of assessments in coaching
  • High-performing teams
  • Reflective observer
Learning Objective: Participants discuss the business of coaching and develop their own personal coaching brand.

Topics Covered
  • Coaching in organizations
  • Coaching using 360 feedback
  • The economics and business of coaching
  • Internal vs external coaching
  • Completing the coaching relationship