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Welcome to the GSAEC Program Recognition Process!
GSAEC Program Recognition is intended to elevate and distinguish graduate-level coaching programs that meet GSAEC’s rigorously developed academic standards for coach education. The Recognition process offers applicants a rare opportunity to receive developmental feedback and research-based recommendations from a highly trained team of GSAEC Peer Reviewers. The result, GSAEC Program Recognition, demonstrates a program’s commitment to excellence in coach education. The process recognizes specific graduate coaching programs, not the university in general.

GSAEC assesses twelve Core Academic Standards as part of the Peer Review and Recognition process:

AS6. Curriculum and Program Plan
AS7. Theory and Knowledge
AS8. Core Coaching Competencies
AS9. Coaching Process
AS11. Professional Practice and Development
AS12. Requirements for Coach Supervision
AS13.Requirements for Assessing Progress
AS14. Cultural Diversity, Individual Differences & Multiculturalism
AS15. Contribution to Body of Knowledge/Field
AS16. Program Values and Ethical Conduct
AS17. Faculty Qualifications & Supervision
AS18. Program Assessment/Quality Enhancement

During the Recognition process, the university provides an overview of the academic program and answers questions related to the standards and their sub-standards in a Self-Study worksheet. These responses are evaluated by GSAEC Peer Reviewers, who assess the responses and give feedback to the institution. The university responds and may edit their answers, and this iterative process continues to resolution.

The application fee for engaging in this Recognition process is $1950.

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Email *
Institution Name *
Program Name *
Program Director/Owner Name *
Program Director/Owner Title: *
Program Director/Owner Email: *
Program Director/Owner Phone: *
Program Institution is Seeking Recognition For *
Date Program Was Established *
Program Type *
If the program confers a degree, what is the name of the degree?
Length of Program *
Cost of Program to Students *
Please describe your program (80-120 words) *
What does your institution hope to gain from going through this process? *
Billing Information
Please explain in detail how your institution will be paying for accreditation (via invoice, procurement office, vendor portal, etc.) If via invoice, please provide the name, physical address, email address, and phone number of the individual to whom the invoice should be sent. You will not be billed until your institution has been fully reviewed and accepted for accreditation.
Billing Information *
Application Terms
The full application process will include:
- An initial “kick-off” conversation (introduce program representatives and the GSAEC Peer Review Team, overview of applicant’s program and GSAEC Recognition process, Q&A).  
- Completion of a program Executive Summary and Self-Study/Peer Review Worksheet, including compilation of necessary documentation and supporting evidence.
- A Q&A/Revision period, which includes discussion of Peer Reviewer feedback and recommendations, incorporation of necessary revisions, etc.
- A Program Review Meeting during which high-level themes, takeaways, and key learnings are discussed.
Approximate timeline for program recognition:
- Application and kick-off (3 weeks)
- Executive Summary, Self-Study, and document posting (6 weeks)
- Peer Review period (6 weeks)
- Q&A/Revision period (8 weeks)
- Final Notification (3 weeks)
Consent to Terms *
Thank you for applying! We will review your application and respond as soon as possible.
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