What is a reasonable estimate of how many hours of class time are required in the College Counseling Program?
On average, you can expect to spend 10 to 15 hours a week on coursework, including accessing text-based lectures, completing and submitting assignments electronically, and reading supplementary materials.
How many courses can I take each quarter?
We recommend that a participant take no more than two classes per quarter. Students wishing to complete the program within one year must take two classes per quarter and the Practicum during the last quarter.
What does the certificate signify and how will it help in the job market?
The Certificate in College Counseling signifies completion of a specialized program of courses and training in college counseling. It designates professional development in this unique field. Many schools look upon our certificate programs as a strong positive factor in hiring and offering promotions. Check with specific institutions for any degree or credential requirements they may have in addition to the College Counseling Certificate.Note: This is not a "certification" in that it neither licenses nor certifies you to be a college counselor.
How is the practicum site chosen?
Certificate candidates are responsible for setting up their own practicum sites. Candidates can set up a practicum at a local school venue or some other site, which provides opportunities for college counseling.
What are other features of the practicum?
Students enrolled in the practicum have the opportunity to receive additional feedback and support from a practicing college counselor and from fellow students through the required online course taken concurrently with the hands-on practicum. Practicum students find that they value the ongoing interaction because it makes them feel "connected" to others as they work at their practicum sites.