Become part of the emerging field of student-centered instructional coaching and help put teachers in a position to boost student learning through the UW-Madison Instructional Coaching Certificate Program.

Is this program right for you?

Teachers, coaches, and school and district administrators can create powerful professional learning communities and tap into the growing and dynamic field of student-centered instructional coaching in the Instructional Coaching Certificate Program at UW-Madison.


Student-centered coaching emphasizes evidence and student performance and puts teachers in the best position to improve student learning. The model allows educators and coaches now using other methods to expand their skills and learn new and effective approaches to building classroom success.


A series of 4 online courses, augmented by real-time webinars, allows educators to engage in dialogue and content around topics critical to successful student-centered coaching. The classes culminate in a coaching practicum in your own district, allowing you to marry theory and practice to create real, effective change.


The curriculum, based on the work of Diane Sweeney and UW-Madison faculty, provides opportunities to both recognize factors that may create barriers to effective coaching and work collaboratively to address these issues. The curriculum guides you through the process of analyzing student assessment data in order to support instructional decision-making. You will also have chances to reflect on your own coaching work and identify areas to grow and improve.


What you Learn

  • Identify the core practices of student-centered coaching and compare to other coaching models to help inform coaching strategies that result in student learning
  • Analyze student assessment data to make instructional decisions
  • Plan collaboratively with educators to improve student learning

Where & How you learn


  • Online/hybrid


  • Take a series of 4 online classes, including real-time webinars
  • Complete a Coaching Practicum
  • Start in the summer and finish the following fall

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