Coaching Overview

Vision | Knowledge | Confidence

ELOC courses are designed for the modern learner. Recognizing that leaders have limited time for formal learning, Northwestern ELOC is dedicated to helping executives and senior managers learn in flexible and efficient ways.

Northwestern ELOC faculty and administrators are experts in the interdisciplinary fields of organizational change, talent management, human capital strategy, leadership development, learning, organizational design, executive and leadership coaching, and strategic planning. ELOC faculty and coaches share a wide range of experiences within organizations and academic disciplines.

The ELOC curriculum meets the demand from experienced executives and coaches to stay ahead of the field in methods of coaching and designing for continuous learning & change.

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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

Accreditation Provider IACET

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The ELOC coaching courses at Northwestern University are designed to meet the development needs of senior professionals and executives whose objectives are to be agents for positive change via coaching. Our courses aim to build coaching skills through a variety of transformative learning experiences. These exercises focus on developing coaching strategies founded on evidence-based research and frameworks and on faciliting the self-awareness required to be a reflective coach practitioner.

We apply the School of Education and Social Policy's (SESP) deep expertise in learning and organizational change to offer an approach to coach education that is unique in the field. Individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least 15 years of post-BA work experience are eligible to take our ELOC courses. You will join a community of like-minded learners who are passionate about lifelong education skills with a fusion of design methods with the fundamentals of learning and change.

ELOC Coaching Certificate Pathway

Register for any course, in any order, whenever it is offered.

Take the Coaching Lab Level I after the completion of all three other coaching courses.

Completing all four ELOC Coaching courses will earn participants a level I certificate and over 80 hours of coach training, enough training hours to submit an application to a variety of coaching credentials. *

**Each coach credentialing organization is different – be sure to confirm any specific credentialing requirements related to what ELOC provides.

ELOC Level 1
Coaching Certificate

  • LOC Coaching Model

    Whether you are an experienced talent management professional or you have deep understanding of organizational operations, developing your ability to coach provides new opportunities for you to make a difference. The LOC coaching philosophy holds that powerful questions, empathy, and deep listening maximize the potential of professionals in organizations.

    ELOC prepares you to provide one-on-one professional coaching by building your skills and your knowledge of theory and practices necessary to implement coaching as part of an organizational talent development strategy. Many senior leaders already exhibit signs of excellent coaches. The ELOC Coaching model pushes those skills to the next level, deepening passion for and knowledge of how to grow people.

    MSLOC Coaching Model, Communication Collaboration Support Cognition Accountability

    Participants will receive a certificate of completion for each coaching course. Completing all four ELOC Coaching courses will earn participants an additional certificate and over 80 hours of coach training, enough training hours to submit a portfolio application for an ACC coaching credential from ICF.

ELOC Accreditations and Program Approvals

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

ELOC is proud to be accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), a global accreditor of Continuing Education and Training programs. For more information about IACET, please visit their website

Society for Human Resource Management

Society for Human Resource Management

ELOC’s partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) gives students the opportunity to earn Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. PDCs vary by course and are listed under Earn Continuing Education on the individual course pages. For more information about SHRM, please visit their website

ELOC is not accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). However, upon completion of all four courses required to earn your ELOC Level 1 Coaching Certificate, you will have enough coaching specific training hours to apply for ICF's ACC credential, via the "ACC Portfolio Path." Be sure to check ICF’s website for the most current requirements to obtain this credential.