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Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching

Graduate Diploma
(Postgraduate)

Provides life-coaching education for degree holders who wish to prepare for a career in professional life-coaching, and for others who can benefit from life-coaching education in their current careers.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching


Overview

Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) has been offering the Bachelor of Counselling programme for more than ten years, and has served the needs of Singapore's counselling landscape well. While counselling presupposes problems that clients bring to the table that need to be resolved, coaching has a developmental and preventive flavour to it. In a nutshell, coaching aims to help individuals realise their full potentials in their personal and professional lives.

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching (GDPLC) is positioned to provide life-coaching education for degree holders who wish to prepare for a career in professional life-coaching, and for others who can benefit from life-coaching education in their current careers. Professional life-coaching is empowering for persons in careers like counselling, social work, teaching, human resource management, business, psychology, and those in leadership positions. The skill sets would enable the incumbents in these roles to coach not only their direct clients, but only staff under their supervision.

According to the 2016 International Coaching Federation (ICF) Global Coaching Study in 137 countries, commissioned by ICF and undertaken by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the coaching profession has continued to evolve. With regard to future obstacles, one of the main concerns expressed by coach practitioners was untrained individuals who call themselves coaches.

Our GDPLC aims to equip individuals who like to coach others; and to do it well and competently. The programme ensures that the core coaching competencies stipulated by the ICF are taught to our students. The core competencies are broadly categorised into the following areas: (1) Foundation; (2) Co-creating the Relationship; (3) Communicating Effectively; (4) Cultivating Learning and Growth. Graduates are able to personally undertake on their own, via the ICF "Portfolio" Track, the credentialing process to have themselves certified as a coach if they so wish to. SUSS does not endorse any coaching association and entrust the credentialing responsibility to graduates, as each professional association have their own focus and criteria for credentialing applicants to fulfil.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

To graduate with the GDPLC, students are required to complete 30 credit units consisting of six compulsory core courses, inclusive of a practicum. All courses are 5 cu unless stated otherwise.

Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching (GDPLC) is positioned to provide life-coaching education for degree holders who wish to prepare for a career in professional life-coaching, and for others who can benefit from life-coaching education in their current careers. Professional life-coaching is empowering for persons in careers like counselling, social work, teaching, human resource management, business, psychology, and those in leadership positions. The skill sets would enable the incumbents in these roles to coach not only their direct clients, but only staff under their supervision.

  • Career coaches at Workforce Singapore
  • Executive coaches at business organisations
  • Educational and career guidance coaches at the Ministry of Education
  • Life-coaches in private practice
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for GDPLC?
    We have only one intake a year, every July.

  2. What is the maximum candidature to complete the GDPLC?
    The maximum candidature period is 2 years.

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. What is the assessment structure?
    There will be two assignments and an examination for every course. Student will need to achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching.

  5. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on four Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.
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