LENA Grow Coach Certification

Thank you for being a LENA coach! Your efforts help the teachers you work with to grow professionally in ways that will positively impact the lifelong learning of the children in their care. Coaches who have completed at least one LENA Grow cycle have the option to become LENA Certified. LENA Certification confirms you have met program requirements and endorses your expertise in helping teachers promote quality interaction in the classroom.

To become LENA Certified, coaches must:

  1. Complete LENA Coach training
  2. Complete the LENA Coaching Quiz with 80 percent accuracy
  3. Complete at least one LENA Grow sequence
  4. Document goals with each teacher on “Coaching Sessions Notes and Goals” worksheets
  5. Show Talking Tips videos and/or discuss Conversation Starters during each coaching session
  6. Attend three director/coach meetings to discuss monthly progress
  7. Integrate the Midpoint Reflection booster content (Session 5) including Progress Reports review
  8. Implement “Beat your Best” goal setting before the final two LENA Days
  9. Submit “Coaching Session Notes and Goals” worksheets to the center director at the end of the program sequence to verify goals documentation for each teacher
  10. Have at least one room earn a total number of stars that is higher than their total number of LENA Days
  11. Complete the LENA Grow Program Survey

With these requirements in mind, there are three main steps in the certification process.

Step 1: LENA Coaching Quiz

Completing the LENA Coaching Quiz with 80 percent accuracy confirms that you understand all major aspects of LENA Grow and can fully interpret LENA Reports with teachers during coaching sessions. The LENA Coaching Quiz must be submitted electronically and takes less than 20 minutes.

Access the Coach quiz


Step 2: LENA Grow Program Survey

Within two weeks of the end of the program, complete the LENA Grow Program Survey, which is designed to help LENA understand your experiences for the purposes of program improvement. The Program Survey must be submitted electronically and takes less than 15 minutes.

Access the Coach survey


Step 3: LENA Coach Certification Application Form

The final step for coaches in the certification process is completing the Certification Application Form, which can be accessed through the link below. The application form must be submitted electronically and takes less than 10 minutes.

Coach Application Form.


Once the application is submitted, LENA will review and send to the center director for approval. If the application is approved, LENA will email the coach a PDF copy of their official certification.

Questions about the certification process can be emailed to certifications@lena.org.