Earn a certificate in Instructional Coaching and become an intentional and skillful agent of growth for your educational colleagues.

The Instructional Coaching certificate program is designed for teacher mentors, coaches, and instructional leaders looking to develop the skills and tools necessary to create deliberate, collaborative, and flexible instructional coaching experiences for new and experienced colleagues. 

What Sets Us Apart

 Access Penn GSE’s signature approach to instructional coaching
 Gain research-based best practices and practical tools useful in any coaching setting
 Engage in self-paced and live experiences throughout the year

About the Program

The Instructional Coaching certificate program offers an in-depth professional learning experience that provides access to the collective coaching expertise of Penn GSE’s Collaboratory for Teacher Education and the Teacher Development Network LLC. Through this interactive program, participants will learn and practice the components of the collaborative, flexible, equity-centered, and active learning approach to coaching that are a signature of Penn GSE’s coaching programs.

Application deadline
  • Priority Application Deadline: July 31, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2023
Program start

September 7, 2023

Program length8 months

Certificate offeredPenn GSE Certificate in Advanced Instructional Coaching 

Format(s)This program includes both live virtual sessions and asynchronous work to be completed at your own pace.


  • Program fee: $4,500
  • Priority fee: $3,000 if you apply by July 31
  • For information about group payment options or payment plans, please contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu
Ideal candidates

PK-12 or higher education staff with mentoring or coaching roles; grade/department chairs; school and systems leaders; other instructional leaders

Programs for Working Professionals

The Instructional Coaching certificate program is designed to help those responsible for mentoring or coaching adults in an education setting deliberately develop and hone the mindsets, skills, and tools that coaches use to guide the learning of others. 

This program is structured around five core components of effective adult coaching: vision, relational trust, listening, language, and protocols. Over the course of four modules, participants will have access to engaging and varied online resources, tools, and real-world practice activities that introduce, guide, and deepen work around the core coaching components.

Participants will meet synchronously throughout the duration of the program with a coaching expert to build community with other coaches and collaboratively practice coaching skills. The program concludes with a self-directed supervised inquiry project through which participants showcase their ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through this course in their own context.

Our Faculty

Our program leader has deep experience and expertise in mentoring and instructional coaching in both PK-12 and higher education settings.

Penn GSE Faculty Emily L. Davis
Founder, Teacher Development Network LLC