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General Course Information for CED612: Career & Academic Counseling

Course: CED612 - Career & Academic Counseling
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Course Description:

This course provides a general examination of current career development/ career education literature including theories and major concepts, career education programs and practices, resource materials, academic and career counseling skills, and the use of computerized career information systems. Practicum experience is required.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Articulate occupational and career educational trends, information and theories without limitation of cultural bias.
  • Implement appropriate types of career assessment procedures and relevant to career planning and decision making and articulate the limitation of testing as it applies to career counseling.
  • Analyze educational requirements for various future life choices develop guidance plan for implementation.
  • Encourage the development of individual potentialities and competencies and diminish cultural and gender prejudices as it pertains to the world of work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and evaluate the appropriateness of research and evaluation techniques based on an analysis of recent literature and current practices in career counseling.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply clinical theory, research, and related literature within the field of counseling psychology.
  • Apply professional ethics, values, and relevant laws and legal codes to the professional roles and systems related to practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  • Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of professional clinical counseling, including attention to vocational issues when necessary.
  • Assess vocational problems and develop academic plans for diverse clients.
  • Construct curriculum for diverse classrooms and classroom interventions strategies based on learning theory.
  • Critically evaluate and assess various models of psychotherapy and execute psychotherapeutic interventions within diverse relationships.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major career development theories, and the impact of career development on school behavior and learning.
  • Demonstrate skills in developing and interpreting social science research and applying the findings to professional practice.
  • Develop and evaluate comprehensive guidance programs based on relevant data.
  • Develop culturally appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful interventions with individuals and groups.
  • Develop strategies and detailed plans for successful and ethical psychotherapeutic interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts, including crisis intervention and case management assessment.
  • Diagnose and assess categories of mental distress, psychopathology, and problems in living in diverse individuals and systems according to the current diagnostic systems.
  • Establish professional relationships with diverse clients that provide the necessary conditions for therapeutic change.
  • Identify themselves as professional school counselors who understand the history, development and trends in the profession and act as a professional leader to enhance the field of school counseling and the school system.
  • Implement group counseling skills and techniques to help students cope with personal and interpersonal problems appreciating the diversity of each student.
  • Integrate computer technology relevant to the tasks and role of a school counselor.
  • Integrate computer technology relevant to the tasks and roles of a school counselor.
  • Interpret findings of social science research, developed and implement by the student, to professional practice.
  • Perform as professional school counselors and professional leaders reflecting the history and trends of the profession to enhance the field of school counseling.
  • Perform as professional school counselors and professional leaders reflecting the history and trends of the profession to enhance the field of school counseling.
  • Propose career based programs and interventions based on career development theories, and the impact of career development on school behavior and learning.
  • Understand and utilize computer technology relevant to the tasks and role of a school counselor.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures