Transform how schools use technology as a Certified Coach
The Certified Coach program empowers instructional coaches to work 1:1 with educators and drive impactful technology use in their schools. Coaches get access to research-backed strategies and tools -- so that new and veteran educators alike can transform instruction across every classroom.
Strengthen your coaching toolkit through our tailored curriculum
Use our online, year-long curriculum to adopt new strategies and tools for delivering highly effective 1:1 coaching. The curriculum has been awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment.
Deepen teacher support with our research-based, 5-step coaching model
Bring structure to your coaching practice by leveraging a 5-step model that helps educators use technology meaningfully in their classrooms.
Find inspiration from peer community and special events
Join our active community of fellow coaches and receive invitations to professional development events designed just for coaches.
The Certified Coach program is centered around a coaching model that lends itself to rich and meaningful experiences between teachers and their coach. It’s individualized, challenge-based, and non-evaluative approach really helps teachers feel supported and ready to step out of their comfort zone.Rachel McVeagh, Google for Education Certified Coach
Follow these steps to become a Certified Coach
Complete the Coach Curriculum
The Certified Coach course is a tailored online curriculum that provides coaches with our research-backed 5-step coaching model and other effective coaching strategies.
Complete the Coach Skills Assessment
Show your mastery of the curriculum by completing the Coach Skills Assessment.
Obtain the Educator L1 & L2 Certificates
Create coaching portfolio and submit application
Create a short video, provide three coaching artifacts, and submit an administrator letter of reference that illustrate successful use of the 5-step coaching model in action. Then, apply!
Maintain your Certified Coach status
Continue working 1:1 with educators using the Certified Coach 5-step model
Report at least 100 hours of 1:1 coaching per year in the EDU Activity App
Share ideas and resources with our community of coaches
Recommended coaching partners
Schools can optionally work with our recommended coaching partners, who provide paid mentorship and hands-on support for coaches and their administrators to help synthesize key concepts, broaden success, deepen impact, and prepare for certification.
What is a “coach” and who should get this certification?
A coach is an educator who spends the majority of their time working 1:1 with teachers. Coaches help teachers address classroom challenges by adopting new instructional strategies. K-12 coaches who are looking for a structured, research-proven set of strategies to drive impactful coaching interactions and technology use should get this certification.
How is the Coach program different from the Trainer and Innovator programs?
Coaches are experts in using our 5-step coaching model to work 1:1 with educators to drive impactful technology use in their schools. Trainers are experts in delivering strong 1:many professional development experiences to fellow educators and often focus on Google products and tools. Innovators are education influencers who lead innovative education projects that impact school communities.
How long does it take to get certified and how much does it cost?
The Certified Coach program is designed to be completed over the course of the school year. The curriculum takes approx. 20 hours to complete and the coaching portfolio is designed to reflect many weeks of working 1:1 with teachers. We recommend that coaches invest time in putting together an application that demonstrates mastery of the curriculum and 5-step coaching model. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and you should receive notification on your application status within 4-6 weeks of your initial submission. There is no cost associated with taking the final assessment or applying for certification.
Do I have to work with a recommended coaching partner to get certified?
No, coaches do not have to work with a recommended coaching partner to earn certification. However, we have seen that coaches are likely to have greater school impact and realize more professional growth when they are supported by the type of mentorship that recommended coaching partners provide.
How do I maintain certification?
To maintain their certification, Certified Coaches must log at least 100 hours of 1:1 coaching per school year in the EDU Activity App. Certified Coaches will need to renew their certification every three years.
Is this program available globally?
The Certified Coach program is open to global K-12 educators. However, the course is currently available in English only.