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Standard 20

Career Development

The program provides candidates with the knowledge of the components of career development programs and provides them with opportunities to develop, implement and evaluate such programs in schools.

Factors to Consider

1.   Primary course to address key elements in Standard 20:

All objectives of Coun 220, Seminar in Career Development Theory, address the factors to consider for Standard 20. The objectives of this course are listed below and the key content areas that address the factors to consider are underlined.

Coun 220:

One of its course objectives specifies that school counseling students will develop and evaluate a career development program or intervention targeted to address the needs of elementary and high school students. In order to meet this objective, candidates will incorporate the development and evaluation of a career development program in their final paper and presentation.

Objective 1: Compare and contrast major career development and decision-making theories and models.

Objective 2: Identify social, economic, and political trends that affect career development services in business, industry, education, agency, and private settings.

Objective 3: Relate career development counseling and cultural value systems to diverse populations and groups, e.g. re-entry students, racial, ethnic and gender minorities, disabled and gay/lesbian clients.

Objective 4: Develop an historical/philosophical perspective on the career counseling field.

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: Identify appropriate research and evaluation methods in career development.

Objective 7: Apply ethical and legal procedures when using career development counseling and theory.

Objective 8: Examine career counseling strategies and methods.

Objective 9: Identify the variety of computer-based and noncomputer based career resources.

Objective 10: Identify and become knowledgeable of the various assessment instruments and techniques used in the career counseling field.

Assignments: CareerA

2.   Experience with career development and counseling

Coun 220 exposes candidates to the knowledge and experience of career development and career counseling by requiring the following activities:


  • Quiz – 25 multiple choice questions on textbook chapters on career counseling
  • Assessment Review and Role Play

Each student will have the opportunity to complete a career assessment (the Self-Directed Search) and counsel a client, using information from his/her summary code.

  • Final Paper And Presentation

This assignment will require students to: (a) Research a career related issue (b) Develop a brief intervention for the targeted group they have chosen to research.

3.  Organize and implement career & vocational development programs

Besides one-on-one career counseling, candidates are also engaged in activities that involve organizing and implementing career and vocational development programs:

Coun 220:

Assignment: Final Paper

i. Clearly state a current career issue of interest.

ii. Identify how this issue relate to the needs of elementary and high school students

iii. Locate and read current literature (at least 3 different sources and within the past 6 years) that relates to the chosen topic.

The paper will address:

  • one recommendation made by the authors for each study
  • a brief intervention that candidates would use in their practice to address the issue as it relates to your target group.

Summarize the objectives and content of this workshop in this part of your paper.

Coun 249: Objective 6: Apply the principles of career planning with individual students or groups of students in a career planning program in an approved school setting.

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