Counseling for College Prep (Online Course)


While the college-going experience may evolve, it is not going away. In this online course, you will prepare for a vital role where you support students’ post-secondary aspirations as we also explore how critical your role is to the evolution of our communities.


Course Details

The Counseling for College Prep course will explore various aspects of supporting your students in their post-graduation aspirations. While students’ backgrounds, situations, and dreams are all different, this online guidance counselor course will discuss how your role is similar for each. You will explore how becoming a student’s host can help them see that life can be different and what it takes to support them to succeed.

You will also explore building a toolbox of resources to use for college counseling to support students’ discovery and planning processes—no matter their background. You will learn to assemble a network of other professionals that can help, including at a national and local community level.


What you will learn

  • Apply the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model to advocate for college readiness for every student in a school setting.
  • Analyze current best practices for promoting college readiness.
  • Demonstrate how to plan, organize, and deliver college and alternative options to all students.
  • Demonstrate advocacy for younger students, in early and ongoing exposure to comprehensive K-12 college and post-secondary program experiences.
  • Demonstrate the basics of financial planning counseling for college and alternative post-secondary educational experiences.

How you will benefit

  • You will walk away with resources and plans for supporting graduation advocacy for every student.
  • This course will provide tools and guidance for improving your school’s current graduation and post-secondary planning efforts for every student.
  • The assignments will help you carry out improvement initiatives and to build your toolbox for supporting your students and their families, as you complete them.



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Course Information

Instructor: Self-Study
Course Hours: 24.00

How It Works


Take the online course at your convenience.


Fully complete the course to access your certificate.

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