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core values & mission

GSAEC values the advancement of academic rigor in coaching research and education, the development and promotion of community among its members, the advancement of the integrity of the field of coaching and the continued progression of knowledge creation.


GSAEC’s mission is to define, advance and sustain graduate-level research and education in coaching globally by: 

  • Establishing and advocating standards that shape the academic discipline of coaching;
  • Facilitating research activities that enhance the quality and effectiveness of the coaching profession;
  • Building, sustaining, and supporting a collaborative community of leaders in coach education, research, and practice; and
  • Championing, promoting and amplifying the influence and impact of professional coach education.


The responsibility of coach educators is to develop and maintain currency in educational theory, research, and practice. Advances in the field of adult education have been important to the development of coaching, especially executive, managerial, leadership, and corporate coaching out of which GSAEC was formed. Staying up-to-date on this research as well as research currents in psychology, wellness, philosophy, mindfulness, neuroscience, systems theory, and others is a duty that uniquely falls to graduate schools. This responsibility goes beyond any single approach to coaching and undoubtedly holds the key to the long-term future of the discipline.

An additional responsibility of coach educators is to provide the highest-quality education and training for our coaching students.

Finally, it is our responsibility to help our coaching students utilize the best educational principles when they are called upon to facilitate learning for their clients, whether they are individuals, groups, teams, or organizations.

GSAEC supports institutions and individuals in fulfilling these responsibilities by providing standards for coach education, and the means for institutions to implement them, as well as hosting summits, conferences and additional member engagement opportunities for sharing and producing knowledge in our field.


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