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Standard 19

Academic Development

The program provides candidates with an understanding of the concepts, principles, strategies, programs and practices for enabling pupils to experience academic success and achieve at high levels. Candidates are able to implement strategies and activities in the school setting for maximizing learning, producing high-quality work and preparing pupils for a full range of options and opportunities after high school, including the completion of a college and university education.

Factors to Consider

1.  Knowledge of the principles and methods for enhancing learning and academic success

This program provides candidates with the content knowledge of principles and methods to improve pupils’ learning and also direct experiences in activities that can improve pupils’ self concepts and academic achievement:

Knowledge of factors affecting learning and their implications for instruction and intervention:

Coun 203: Topicsinclude Theoretical Bases for Assessment, including Learning Styles and Developmental Stages of Children

Coun 206: Topics include Cognitive Development, Language Development, and Resilience.   Candidates have opportunities to gain an understanding of factors affecting human development at different stages.

CI 285: Objective 3: Students have the opportunities to become more conversant with a variety of psychological theories implicated in development, learning and design/implementation of instruction or intervention. Topicsinclude

  • Theories of Motivation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Biological Bases of Learning
  • Cognitive Views of Human Learning and Change
  • Motivation and Self Regulation in Learning

Direct experience in improving pupils’ self concepts and academic achievement:

Coun 249: Checklist for Counseling Activitiesinclude:

  • Identification of the gifted, retarded, and emotional child with adjustment difficulties in school;
  • Helping children adjust to the school environment;
  • Identification of children with ability in art, music, reading, arithmetic and other academic areas;
  • Identification of at risk students who may be potential drop-outs; and
  • Participation on a Student Study Team as a counselor.
  • Developing study skills for students;
  • Working with at risk students; lowering drop-out rates; and
  • Working with a Student Study Team as a counselor.

2.  Skills in planning and implementing academic support systems:

This program helps candidates to understand that enhancing pupils’ academic success and achievement can be done on an individual basis and also at a systemic level. They are exposed to models in designing and implementing programs geared towards enhancing pupils’ learning.

Coun 241: Objective 3: Able to identify ways a counselor provides counseling services to students including individual counseling, classroom guidance, and responsive support services.

Coun 242: Objective 1: Develop methods of working with school staff and parents which include planned prevention programs to help alleviate school failure and promote ways of increasing pupil successes K-12 school settings.

Consultant interview: Submit a single-spaced, two-page summary of your interview. The interview will address the following area:   what programs and strategies does the consultant employ when working with school staff and parents to alleviate school failure and increase pupil success? The interview will include the following questions:

  • What specific programs and strategies does the consultant use?
  • What does the consultant see as the biggest problem(s) facing counselors in working with school staff, parents and students?
  • What strategies does the consultant employ to overcome these problems?

  • Final examination: Candidates will be required to develop a specific method for working with school staff and parents around a program to alleviate school failure and increase pupil success in response to a vignette in the final examination. Candidate may integrate their learning gathered from the Consultant Interview as a source of information for this requirement.

Coun 249: Objective 3: Apply knowledge of learning theory in an approved school setting. Text assignments include in-depth examination the comprehensive school counseling and guidance program.

3.  Preparing students for post-secondary options, including college:

Candidates are trained in helping students and families to make plans for future career and/or academic pursuits after high school graduation.

Coun 220: Objective 5: Describe effective techniques for providing educational counseling to students and families about academic and career decisions, including the development of career development curriculum and academic planning.

Objective 6: Prepare pupils for a range of options and opportunities after high school including the completion of a college and university education

Class Topics: Career development in childhood and adolescence. Career development includes pursuit of higher education in order to be equipped for specific careers.

Course activities for Coun 220 include the following note: “School counseling candidates must focus on an issue and intervention geared towards schools.”

Coun 249: Checklist for school counseling includes:

  • Reviewing scholarship possibilities with student;
  • Developing career opportunities for students; and
  • Reviewing plans for attending college.

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