CoachRICE for Professionals

CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program is a coach certification program awarded by the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, a university-wide leader development enterprise serving the eight schools at Rice University, with administrative support from the Executive Education division of The Jones Graduate School of Business.

This 105-hour Level 1 accredited program with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) applies a variety of teaching methodologies to give you a practical coaching skillset combined with the rigorous academic standards of Rice University.

The CoachRICE program trains and equips participants to become ICF-certified coaches and to develop individual leaders and team members while strengthening their entire organization. After successful completion of the program, participants earn a Doerr Institute Certificate of Completion to include in their ICF application for an ACC credential.   

ICF Level 1

The course encompasses:

  • Concentrated learning Modules
  • Mentor coaching 
  • A performance evaluation
  • Participants will explore processes that combine collaboration, creativity, and compassion to become an agent of change for clients and organizations
  • After successful completion of the program, participants will earn a Doerr Institute Certificate of Completion verifying  completion of an ICF accredited Level 1 program

Is CoachRICE right for you? 

Ideal candidates for the CoachRICE program include: 

  • Professional coaches interested in continuing to develop and enhance their established skillset
  • Internal organization coaches
  • Managers and leaders who wish to add coaching to their portfolio
  • Professionals in allied fields who want to add coaching skills to their resume
  • Human resource (HR) and organizational development professionals (OD&T) who want to advance their career
  • Minimum education prerequisite: Bachelor's degree

Online and On Campus Options

  • VIRTUAL OPTION next cohort coming in Spring 2025
  • HYBRID OPTION We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 cohort at Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • All cohorts are delivered in Standard English (U.S.)

Want to learn more? 

Register for an upcoming CoachRICE Info Session.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 Fall CoachRICE cohort. 
Begin your pre-application

How to Apply 

Complete the pre-application first. You will be automatically redirected to the full application upon submission of the pre-application. The full application has a "Save and return to finish later" feature. Admissions decisions will not be announced until the admissions decision announcement date. Please contact CoachRICE@rice.edu with any questions. 

Important Dates

Info sessions I March 26th, April 16th, May 7th
Register here!

Application deadline I Thursday, May 23, 2024

Admissions decisions announced I Thursday, May 30, 2024

First payment due | Thursday, June 27, 2024

Full payment due | Monday, July 15, 2024

Program start date | Wednesday, August 14, 2024 5:30-7:00 pm (virtual)

Program end date | Wednesday April 2, 2025 5:00-7:00 pm (in-person)

* CoachRICE is a professional program. Current Rice University students can learn about our student programs here


Please contact CoachRICE@rice.edu.  



*The above tuition rate does not include the cost of the required textbooks. 


CoachRICE is a 105-hour coaching program. 

 The program is delivered through a combination of instruction, presentations, discussions, dyadic exercises and other interactive methods and independent studies. All required Modules, including pre-class hours, are completed over a period of ten months. This program is offered in English.

The Fall 2024 Cohort begins in August and includes four in-person learning Modules delivered on the Rice University campus. Additional program elements will take place virtually via Zoom and on Canvas.

The upcoming 2025 Online Cohort that begins in January will be facilitated virtually via Zoom.


Module One: Introduction to Leadership Coaching
Introduction to Coaching will cover an in-depth overview of the practice of coaching. Topics will include self-awareness and personal development as a coach, emotional intelligence for leaders, and core competencies such as coaching presence and establishing agreements.

Module Two: Essential Tools and Methodologies for Coaching
This Module focuses on the process of coaching and examines various models that support a coaching conversation. Participants will practice the listening and communication skills necessary for cultivating trust and evoking awareness with a client.

Module Three: Facilitating Client Growth
This Module focuses on goal creation, accountability and managing progress with a client. Participants will explore the common barriers, challenges and mindsets encountered in leadership coaching.

Module Four: Inclusion Practices in Coaching
This Module will increase coaches’ sensitivity to issues of diversity, equity and cultural competency and examine the importance of the ICF Code of Ethics. Participants will be evaluated on all ICF core competencies and provided with an overview of the ICF-credentialing process.

All content is created by Doerr Institute professionals using evidence-based techniques and is supported with research-validated outcomes. This program is offered in English.

Program Schedule 

All Modules are delivered in Standard English (U.S.). Students must be able to fully commit to the schedule. If a class is missed, students are required to wait and attend a future module that corresponds to the missed content and will be charged a make-up fee.

2024-2025 Hybrid CoachRICE for Professionals Program Dates & Times: 

Orientation I Wednesday, August 14, 2024 5:30-7:00 pm (virtual)

Group EQi Debrief I Wednesday, August 21, 2024 5:30-7:00 pm (virtual)

Module 1 I August 28, 1:00-5:00 pm, August 29, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm, August 30,
8:00 am- 12:00 pm

Module 2 I September 25, 1:00-5:00 pm, September 26, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm,
September 27, 8:00am- 12:00 pm

Module 3 I October 23, 1:00-5:00 pm, October 24, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm, October
25, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Module 4 I November 20, 1:00-5:00 pm, November 21, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm,
November 22, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Mentor Coaching Session 1 I Wednesday, December 11, 2024 5:30-7:00
pm (virtual)

Mentor Coaching Session 2 I Wednesday, January 8, 2025 5:30-7:00 pm (virtual)

Mentor Coaching Session 3 I Wednesday, January 29, 2025 5:30-7:00 pm (virtual)

Mentor Coaching Session 4 I Wednesday, February 19, 2025 5:30-7:00
pm (virtual)

Mentor Coaching Session 5 I Wednesday, March 12, 2025 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual)

Graduation I Wednesday April 2, 2025 5:00-7:00 pm (in-person)

Apply Here!