Introduction to Life Coaching

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 138

       Course Name: Introduction to Life Coaching

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces the beginning fundamentals of life coaching. Students will learn both the history of the field as well as current coaching trends and how to create a coaching practice based on individual skills, experience, and interests.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will achieve the following objectives by participating in various class exercises:

  • Design and maintain successful, collaborative, and empowering coaching relationships
  • Define the difference between life coaching and psychology, psychiatry, and therapy
  • Compare and contrast theories of life coaching
  • Build effective communication skills

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

DiscussionTextHomework Assignments
1 Introduction to Coaching NLP: The New Technology of Achievement What is coaching and how is it different from psychotherapy?

2 Setting Priorities, Mission, and Values Learning to Coach: For Personal and Professional Development What is the relationship between NLP and life coaching?

3 Effective Communication Learning to Coach: For Personal and Professional Development
Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and, Life
How can coaching be used in an organization to improve communication?

4 Developing practice Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and, Life What is the greatest challenge in designing a coaching practice? What can you do to overcome obstacles?

5 Maintaining a successful practice What have you learned from this course and how will you apply it to your personal and professional lives?

6 Brining it all together/Final Project Presentations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be a combination of lecture-discussion and developmental exercises.  Instruction will include the opportunity for practicing skills in exercises and simulations.  Additionally, each student will be required to create a coaching statement.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

All students will be expected to be active learners bringing their backgrounds and experiences to the class.  They will be expected to come prepared to class and ready to contribute to the group experience.  Additionally, they should be ready to offer and receive and act on constructive feedback from the class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement
Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and, Life
Learning to Coach: For Personal and Professional Development

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Assignments, Quizzes and Exams
Participation/Attendance 50
Homework Assignments (5) 250
Final Project 200
Change Management Plan 100
Class presentation 200
A 451 - 500 points
B 351 - 450 points
C 251 - 350 points
D 151 - 250 points
F 151 or fewer points

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.