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College Access Counseling Certificate Program offered by the Center for College Readiness


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The College Access Counseling Certificate Program is a 40-hour (non-credit, Continued Professional Education - CPE) certificate program that fulfills the professional needs of secondary college access counselors. The program has been specifically designed to increase their knowledge and improve their capacity to assist students in navigating the pathway to college. Throughout the course of study, candidates are encouraged to explore and reflect on previous experiences and bridge new understandings from course offerings into future practice.

The plan of study consists of 40 CPE hours of college access counseling coursework focused on fundamental topics in college counseling. These courses allow educators to further develop their knowledge of college access counseling, learn new strategies for student engagement, and generally broaden their counseling skills and knowledge. The plan of study culminates with a capstone experience. The capstone, in conjunction with other course offerings, aims to deepen the knowledge and practice of educators in a particular area and to prepare them to serve as educational leaders on their campuses. The capstone course is a candidate’s demonstration of particular expertise.

Course offerings include:

·         Fundamentals of College Counseling

·         Understanding the Admissions Process

·         The Role of the College Access Counselor

·         Understanding the Needs of Aspiring First Generation College Students

·         Capstone

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