Online Career Counseling Courses and Training Programs

Online courses in career counseling are rare. Those that exist are most commonly found within graduate certificate or master's degree programs. Students typically complete a portion of the curriculum online and the rest on campus. View article »

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Online Courses in Career Counseling

These online career counseling courses are commonly offered through degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels:

  • A Career Counseling Introduction Course provides foundational information concerning the theory, practice, and ethical guidelines of the profession. Instructors explain information regarding career assessment and workforce influence.
  • A course in Career Evaluation and Assessment addresses the important aspects of career counseling, including the ability to determine an individual's natural skills, interests, and abilities. Students learn the theory, administration, scoring, and interpretation of popular career assessment tools. They understand how to match an individual's unique combination of personal attributes to a career.
  • Instructors in Economic and Social Aspects of Career Counseling courses describe the influence that social aspects, such as gender, culture, and religion, have on occupational choices and opportunities. Providing basic knowledge of economics, the course explains how the job market and economic status affect job placement and prospects. Students learn the importance of incorporating this information into career evaluations.
  • Counseling Techniques is an advanced study course often taught at the graduate level. The course teaches a full range of interviewing and counseling procedures. Students learn basic as well as advanced counseling techniques that can be applied throughout a multicultural society.
  • College Counseling courses help career counselors gain expertise in the college admissions process. This course prepares future counselors to guide their clients as they choose which schools to apply to and gather application materials.
  • A Business of Counseling course provides an overview of the business issues related to working as a career counselor. Aspiring counselors learn about setting fees, creating a marketing plan, and preparing contracts.

Program Information

Career counseling coursework trains students to provide vocational assessments and information to assist individuals in planning their careers or developing specific skills. Careers in the field require at least a bachelor's, and oftentimes a master's degree. Although many career counseling programs require components that can't be completed via distance education, students can complete some of the coursework online. Students who graduate from a program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs are also eligible to become nationally certified counselors.

Although online courses for career counselors are hard to come by, there are various online courses that provide relevant education in the field.

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