Those who work with students making the transition from high school to college are all too aware of the need for training and information that is up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical.
This online program is designed to be a preparation for counseling high school students effectively and helping them identify their postsecondary options. And because it’s online, this preparation is available virtually day or night.
The Online Certificate Program in College Counseling is intended for:
- College and career counselors in a high school setting who want to develop their professional competencies
- High school guidance counselors who want to acquire this specialized knowledge and training to transition into the role of college counselor
- College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and other institutions’ protocols
- Junior high and middle school counselors who want to provide their students with a head start in planning their post-secondary options
- Teachers who want to be better informed about the options available for their students
- Individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice
The certificate must be completed in 20 quarters following enrollment into the initial course. We strongly suggest that students who wish to ultimately earn the certificate file the application to become a candidate during their first quarter in which they are enrolled. In order to earn the certificate students must hold a bachelor's degree. We require an official copy of that transcript. Students who earned their degree outside of the U.S. need to submit it to a transcript evaluation service which then forwards their report to us.
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The following is a table of the academic calendar for 2015-2016.
Dates of Enrollment
||Open for Enrollment
||Early Enrollment Deadline Date
||March 30 - June 1
||June 22 - Aug 24
||Sept 21 - Nov 23
||Jan 11 - March 15
Completion of all required courses for credit with a letter grade of B- or better is required. Course titles appear in the order in which they should be taken. However, three of the courses, College Admission Process, Financial Aid Fundamentals, and Testing/Career Assessment can be taken in any order among themselves.
- X 414.81 Counseling the College Bound Student
This overview of college counseling covers the differences between guidance and college counseling; the college counselor's unique responsibilities; college counselor's timeline; and resources available, including computer tools. Learn techniques to manage a college counseling office and create informational programs for students and parents. The process of academic planning for college and issues of adolescence are discussed and various environments--public and private high schools and independent practice--in which college counseling take place are compared and contrasted.
- X 414.91 Using the Internet for College/Career Counseling
The Internet offers ever-expanding resources to counselors, students, and parents who are planning beyond high school. Get hands-on experience searching the Internet and learn to develop strategies to help students in their college/career search. Covers the vocabulary of the Internet, navigational skills, and building a common working vocabulary with students.
- X 414.82 The College Admissions Process *
Get in-depth information on options in postsecondary education. Topics include application calendar options, choosing a school, early action/early decision, letters of recommendation, and admissions criteria of public and private colleges and universities. Online guest speakers, representing private and public institutions, present their perspectives on admissions.
- X 414.90 Testing/Career Assessment *
College-bound students encounter a series of standardized examinations as they progress toward college admission. The PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I and II, ACT, and Advanced Placement Tests are the most common. Topics include what each exam tests for, validity of test results, issues of bias, and the effect of coaching. In the realm of career planning, numerous career inventories can help students--both college-bound and otherwise--identify their career interests and propensities; some of the more widely used career instruments are highlighted.
- X 414.89 Financial Aid Fundamentals *
Financial aid is complex and information intensive, and college counselors must understand this important component of the college admissions process. Topics include history of financial aid; types and sources of financial aid; how to apply for federal, state, and institutional aid; eligibility; how aid is determined; and scholarship search services.
- X 414.84 Special Issues in College Counseling
This capstone course in the College Counseling Certificate Program reflects in its specific content the expertise and experience of the individual instructor. For example, an admissions director might center the course on the role financial need plays in admissions, while an independent counselor might center the course on individual groups of students who present unique challenges, such as students with learning disabilities, undocumented students, or transfer students, etc. The specificity and changeability of the course content allows the certificate program to keep information current and provide students with recent views or changing critical elements in the counseling profession.
- X 414.85 Practicum in College Counseling
Apply theory and methodology in a genuine counseling situation under professional supervision. Students must complete 65 hours of supervised fieldwork in a local counseling venue. Fieldwork must consist of individual counseling and/or a pre-approved project. They also must complete the 10-week online portion of the course in which practicum experiences are shared with colleagues and reviewed by the instructor. The volunteer hours may be combined with a research project, but at least 35 hours must be completed on-site.
X 414.96 Business of Educational Consulting
Educational consultants wear many hats, including entrepreneur and business owner. Unfortunately, these are the roles with which most consultants struggle. In addition to highlighting the role of the educational consultant as a resource for parents and students, this course also covers the operating philosophies connected to the profession. Other topics include building a body of knowledge, business planning, marketing, office practices, trends in the field, ethical considerations, and dealing with special circumstances.
X 414.98 College Counseling for International Students
Students who are enrolled in the college counseling certificate program may take this course in place of the Financial Aid Fundamentals course. A letter grade of B- or better must be earned in order for it to be applied toward the certificate. It can also be taken as an enrichment course in which case it won't be applied toward the certificate.
The college admission process for international students is explored with an emphasis on the special needs and requirements for international students applying to U.S. colleges and universities. This course will explore the challenges in helping international students understand and navigate the unfamiliar landscape of the U.S. university system, while helping students and families understand the importance of fit vs. rankings. In addition, issues unique to international students such as testing requirements, financial, and visa requirements, the ethics of working with agents, writing effective personal statements and demonstrating interest from afar will also be explored.
X 414.99 Preparing Community College Students for Transfer Students
This course emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills with regard to guiding and supporting community college students through all steps of their community college education, from enrollment through application and transfer admission. Students will learn about community college matriculation processes, course selection, transfer application, and how to strategically position prospective transfer students for admission to public and privates colleges and universities. Students will explore the current community college landscape as well as big issues like challenges for disadvantaged populations and persistence towards transfer. Students will learn about the critical programs essential to supporting persistence and transfer, like those for first-generation college students, articulation agreements, admissions priority agreements, honors and financial aid. Required textbook available as PDF only: Community College Counselor Sourcebook 2nd Ed. by CollegeBoard.
* These three courses can be taken in any order.
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Contact: Martha Hochstrasser, (310) 983-1181 or
Mail all transcripts to:
10995 Le Conte Ave. Suite 639
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Attn: College Counseling
Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration: 5 Year(s)
Internships Available: No
Program ID: CF348
For frequently asked questions please
Proposal and Supervisor Verification Form
must be typed. You can fax it to us at (310) 206-5006 or you may send it as a scanned copy as an email attachment to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal must be approved before students can be given permission to enroll in the course. The Supervisor Verification form must be submitted at the completion of the class and signed by the person who serves as the Practicum supervisor.