Empowering Tomorrow's Executive Coaches, Consultants, and Change Leaders

Northwestern Executive Learning & Organizational Change courses offer world-class education for experienced professionals who care about charting the best path foward with an ever-chaning set of employees and stakeholders.

Courses are designed with flexibility in mind, with the option to take standalone courses or complete a full certificate. Immediate, modular learning lets you meet your development objectives on your own timeline. We understand the needs and time constraints of top organizational leaders.

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What is ELOC?

ELOC educates leaders and leadership coaches through a series of courses surveying a range of disciplines to build world-class executive leadership skills. ELOC courses are designed around two core content areas: coaching and organizational change.

Coaching coures prepare you to provide one-on-one professional coaching by emphasizing the importance of powerful questions, deep listening, empathy, and structured reflection. You will build on your existing skills, expand your knowledge of theory, and learn the mindsets necessary to be an effective coach.

Change & Design courses stress the importance of change management by applying design thinking methodologies within organizations. You will understand how to transform businesses at all levels, from individuals and teams to entire organizations and the systems in which they are embedded.

ELOC draws upon research and insights from a diverse set of academic and professional disciplines. These include organizational development, organizational and social psychology, learning sciences, and organizational behavior. We also draw from the fields of strategy, change management, knowledge management, social networking, talent management, coaching, and design.

Class Format

Rather than committing to a full degree or graduate certificate program, you can register for indiviudal coures to earn a certificate of completion for each class. Completing all four ELOC Coaching courses will earn you an additional certificate and over 80 hours of coach training, enough training hours to submit a portfolio application for an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) coaching credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Class size averages around 12-20 people, and total course time requirements range from 12 to 40 hours. You can take coures in any order.

ELOC courses are open-enrollment: you can register for any course, in any order, whenever it is offered. There is an ELOC admissions process, and once accepted you can register for courses one-at-a time or sign up for multiple courses at once. At the close of each course, you will recieve a certificate of completion. ELOC courses cannot be use for MSLOC degree credit.

Flexible Schedules

ELOC offers immediate, modular learning to meet your development objectives. Courses can be completed in a concentrated seminar or over a number of weeks.

Northwestern's ELOC program differs from our Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC), as it is segmented into shorter, actionable courses intended for working professionals, and does not confer a degree.

ELOC courses are offered in flexible formats that include synchronous and asynchronous learning. Coaching and change management courses are offered in-person, online, and in some cases, a blend of the two options. All courses involve collaboration with experienced, diverse leaders in an exciting class environment.

Who Benefits from ELOC?

ELOC's executive coaching and change leadership courses are aimed at executives and professionals seeking to be positive agents of change within organizations, and may be:

  • Planning or preparing for a transformation with your business.
  • Struggling to keep pace with changes within your organization effectively.
  • Over-reliant on human resources or other change management teams.
  • Seeking to turn experience into a marketable coaching service.
  • Feeling the need to refresh how you advise your clients on navigating change. 

Solivng complex, ambiguous challenges in a changing environment depends on your ability to continuously learn, to question assumptions, and to innovate. The ELOC curriculum is designed to help you do just that.

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In-Person Format

In-person courses will take place in the Chicago area, usually on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Most in-person courses meet over a three-day period during the work week. Details regarding lodging and schedule will be specific to each course, but lodging is not included in the course fees.

Hybrid & Online Format

Most of our remote learning courses will be hosted live by a Northwestern instructor through a virtual platform that enables class discussion, chat commentary and virtual breakout sessions. Some online courses supplement live instruction by providing video modules that enable participants to learn flexibly on their own time. Refer to the course descriptions for more specifics. Most ELOC courses use a hybrid format, a blend live and modular components.

Customized Coaching for Transformation

You will develop a deep awareness of your strengths and areas for improvement by taking gold-standard assessments used to develop high-potential talent. You will internalize the principles and skills of self-directed learning and are encouraged to set clear objectives to take control of your own learning. You will reflect, share insights with colleagues, and gain valueable feedback in a collaborative environment.

In addition to our courses, ELOC offers custom coaching packages for leaders who prefer to work one-on-one with an expert trained in developing indiviual learning plans that target specific needs.

Earn ICF, SHRM, and IACET Training Credits

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  International Coaching Federation (ICF) ACC credential, via the "ACC Portfolio Path." Be sure to check ICF's website for the most current requirments to obtain this credential. We are recognized by SHRM to offer Professionall Development Credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SPC, as well as being an accredited IACET Continuning Education Unit (CEU) provider.