Advanced Life Coaching Skills – LIFC 502

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Life coaching is a rapidly growing field that is a natural complement to the counseling profession. It involves guiding an individual as they explore the requisite skills, knowledge, confidence, and goals that they will need to become proficient and successful in the area(s) in which they are being coached. This course will address some of the more advanced skills with which the experienced life coach should become adept.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


As a basis for their work, life coaches should have a thorough understanding of coaching models, theory, and application. This understanding serves to heighten the coaches’ effectiveness in formulating effective coaching strategies and in aiding in the delivery of services in an efficient and timely manner.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine and explain the contemporary issues addressed within the field of life coaching.
  2. Analyze the major theoretical models in life coaching and how they relate to the actual practice of coaching.
  3. Appraise life coaching and it’s applicability in the context of people’s lives.
  4. Compare and contrast coaching with counseling and social work.
  5. Construct a framework from which life coaching services can be aptly delivered.
  6. Analyze the difference between secular and Christian models of life coaching.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes:

Regular readings will be assigned to allow you to complete the reading of your required text within the eight weeks allotted for the course.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete four Discussions that specifically relate to course content. Each Discussion will be completed in two parts: 1) the student will submit a thread in answer to the question provided (250 word minimum), and 2) the student will post replies to at least two other classmate’s threads (150 word minimum each).

Life Review Assessment Assignment

The student is expected to complete a Life Review Assessment that will prepare their to facilitate future coaching conversations. In this paper the student will reflect on their assessment responses, then with this information prayerfully cast a vision for their future, create goals in key areas that line up with this vision, and then develop an action plan for one key goal that will facilitate positive change.

4-MAT Review Assignment

The student is expected to complete a 4-MAT Review paper during the course of their study. The 4-MAT review system is a way of responding to reading material that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels: summarizing the material, making a personal connection, reflecting on the new information presented, and applying it to one’s own personal growth process.

Movie Review Assignment

The student is expected to complete a movie review. This review requires the student to interact with the content of the movie in a way that allows for a better understanding of the life coaching process. The student will watch a film of their choice with a strong life coaching theme and then complete a critique of the movie as it relates to the topic of life coaching

Quizzes (4)

Each Quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned Module: Week. Each Quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false, and have a 50-minute-time limit.