College counselors provide academic and career advice to both high school and college students. Graduate degree programs in college counseling are not as common as elementary school counseling degree programs; however, some universities offer master's degree programs with concentrations in college counseling. In addition, a few institutions have certificate programs designed for working professionals in the school counseling field who want to gain knowledge in college counseling. Besides formal classes, students may also have to complete practica or field experiences.
Courses in college counseling provide training in the following areas:
- The college application process
- The transition from high school to college
- College goal-setting
- Career path development
- Collaborating with parents, schools, and communities
List of Courses
Intro to College Counseling
Aspiring college counselors prepare to work with students and families by learning to set expectations for college. Counselors work with students to pick a college and courses to take. Individuals will learn how to recognize students' strengths and weaknesses and how to decide when and in what area they need guidance.
College Counseling Techniques
In this course, students examine some of the traditional as well as the latest strategies involved in counseling college-bound and college students. Instructors discuss theories and techniques involved in the counseling process, and students are introduced to such topics as ethics in counseling, multicultural approaches and licensure.
College counselors not only help students with academic decisions for coursework, but they also aid students in career preparation decisions. In this course, students learn the psychological and economic aspects of helping students decide on career paths. Students practice techniques that counselors use to assist college students in choosing careers. Individuals are also introduced to student affairs as a tool and a service to help students reach career development goals.
College Counseling Practicum
Students put their skills to use in a practicum involving supervised counseling situations. Students use fieldwork and peer comparisons to learn what they have done right or wrong in field experiences. Counseling practica are often conducted off-site at schools or other counseling agencies.