IECL's objective in coach education is to provide a teaching and training environment where world class organisational coaching skills are developed. IECL coach training attracts professional adult learners who respond to adult learning principles. With this in mind our learning philosophy is grounded in andragogy (Knowles et al. 2005). IECL's highly experiential learning environment is a lived experience of the action learning cycle where active learning, practice and reflection on practice are key for skills development. We believe in a) participants understanding why a concept/skill is important b) a level of self direction in the learning process c) building on existing knowledge and experience d) working with real coaching from the start e) practical application of learning at all stages.
Our classrooms - synchronous and asynchronous activity - are designed to be social, for optimal integration of learning and skills, and inclusive of all learning types and styles. We balance the needs of the individual with those of the group.
Our cross-disciplinary approach draws on a number of coaching knowledge bases, including strength based and positive psychology models.
Our Accreditation program is designed and managed in consultation with IECL’s stable of in-house coach educators, ensuring that a coaching approach to adult learning is employed.
Yearly curriculum reviews are conducted by the relevant in-house IECL Faculty of coach educators, under the direction of our ICF Director of Education. Each component of the training - from pre-readings onward - is reviewed and its ongoing inclusion questioned. Parts of the training that are outdated in any way are revised and more recent readings are added. After each level of training is reviewed, new workbooks for the following calendar year are designed and printed, and the teaching faculty is briefed and/or retrained to offer the latest training at that level. New delivery guides are provided to ensure consistency across the entire faculty.