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Student-Centered Coaching

Instructional coaching has grown exponentially over the past two decades. Today there are coaches in large, small, urban and rural districts. Coaches focus on subjects like mathematics, literacy and technology. Others work across content areas. With countless hours being dedicated to coaching, educators must be sure that it is reaching the intended goal of increasing student and teacher learning.

Student-centered coaching introduces a new way of delivering instructional coaching that puts the needs of students front and center. By focusing coaching on goals for student learning, rather than on fixing teachers, an instructional coach can directly impact instructional practice and student achievement. Students in this course will use reading material and video lectures and meet once a week online to learn how to implement student-centered coaching.

Course Outcomes
During this course, participants will:

  • Explore how student-centered coaching compares to other approaches
  • Learn how to implement the core practices for student-centered coaching
  • Develop strategies for launching and scheduling coaching cycles
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Course Details

Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Method: Online course
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $495
Graduate application: Not required
Credits: See note below

This Course is Offered on the Following Dates

Details will be posted soon. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

A Note on Course Credit

This course is not being offered for credit on its own. However, individuals who successfully complete two of the course offerings listed below and then enroll in one of the master’s programs indicated may also be eligible for up to three hours of awarded credit toward their degree.

Creighton University will issue a 1098-T by January 31 for all learners enrolled in courses for credit. As part of that process, you may be asked to provide your Social Security number.

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Required Materials

Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris

Order your materials at the Creighton bookstore and get free standard shipping. Visit, call 402.280.2796 or email

Student-centered coaching is led by Joy Casey. Casey is currently an instructional coach with a focus on increasing student achievement in all content areas. As an instructional coach, she has run numerous student-centered coaching cycles grounded in student learning goals and student evidence, and she has developed and facilitated professional learning around research-based best practices for instruction. Casey is also a certified Student-Centered Coaching trainer. 

Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.

Student interactions and viewpoints are a vital part of our rich learning environment. For this reason, Creighton reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of low registration numbers. In this case, registrants will receive a full refund. If a course is cancelled by the University for other non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed.


If you have questions please fill out our Contact Us form or call 402.280.4076. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.