Education | Career Counseling-Theory and Practice
G552 | 5941 | Dr. Susan Whiston
To develop an understanding of lifestyle and career development
across the life-span. The students will develop a knowledge base
concerning career theories and techniques for exploring the
interests, aptitudes, and values of clients in order to assist them
in making reasoned career and lifestyle decisions.
1. Students will analyze current trends in career and lifestyle
2. Students will discuss the concept of life-span career
3. Students will develop a knowledge base concerning career
development theories and decision-making models
4. Students will develop a knowledge base concerning career,
avocational, educational and labor market information resources,
visual and print media, and computer-based career information systems.
5. Students will analyze the relationship between interests,
skills, and values and career decisions.
6. Students will develop skills related to career development
program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and
7. Students will compare and contrast assessment instruments and
techniques relevant to career planning and decision-making..
8. Students will discuss career and educational placement,
follow-up and evaluation.
9. Students will discuss the interrelationship among lifestyle,
work, family, and leisure.
10. Students will explain career and educational decision making
techniques for facilitating career decision making.
11. Students will compare computer based career development
applications and strategies, including computer-assisted career
12. Students will analyze the interrelationship among work,
family, and other life roles and factors including multicultural and
gender issues as related to career development.
13. Students will describe career counseling processes,
techniques and resources including those applicable to special
14. Students will assess an individual's interests, abilities and
15. Students will examine ethical considerations in career
Zunker, V. G. (2002). Career counseling: Applied concepts of life
planning (6th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth Brooks/Cole.
Instructional procedures will consist of lectures, class discussions,
guest speakers, and related exercises. Participation in classroom
career assessments and exercises is voluntary but content of the
material is the student's responsibility.
1. Each student will be required to take two examinations based on
class lectures, handouts, and materials covered in the textbook.
Each exam is worth 30% if the total grade. The tentative examination
March 3, 2004
April 28, 2004
2. Each student will be required to assess the interests, aptitudes,
and values of an individual using EDIT's instruments (COPS, CAPS,
COPES) and prepare a report. The summary is due March 24, 2004 and
is worth 15% of the total grade. The COPS, CAPS, and COPES
instruments can be purchased from the bookstore. It is suggested
that the students carefully review the assessment instruments before
administering them to a client.
3. A paper is required on a topic related to career counseling and
the program track you are pursuing. The topic of the paper must be
agreed upon with the instructor before March 31, 2004 and is due on
April 21, 2004. This paper will represent 25% of the total grade.
EVALUATION PROCEDURES AND GRADING POLICIES
1. The two exams will be graded according to the following:
97.5% to 100% = A+
92.5 to 97.4 = A
90 to 92.4 = A-
87.5 to 89.9 = B+
82.5 to 87.4 = B
80 to 82.4 = B-
77.5 to 79.9 = C+
72.5 to 77.4 = C
70 to 72.4 = C-
60 to 69 = D
< 60 = F
2. The report of the COPS, CAPS and COPES will be evaluated on the
quality and thoroughness of the report. This paper will be deducted
a half grade for each week that it is late.
3. The paper will be evaluated according to the following procedures:
References and use of references: Use APA Publication Manual, 5th
English usage, style, and form
Evidence of student academic involvement with the topic of the paper
This paper will be deducted a half grade for each week that it is
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Career Counseling - Theory and Practice
Tentative Schedule- Spring 2004
Date Topic Readings
January 14 Introduction Chapter 1
January 21 Historical overview
Career theories Chapter 2
January 28 Career theories Chapter 3
February 4 Career counseling process
Interest Chapter 4
February11 Skills/Abilities Chapter 5
February 18 Values
Difficult clients Chapter 6
February 25 Decision-making
March 3 First test
March 10 Employment outlook
Job Search Chapter 19
March 17 Spring Break
March 24 Womenís issues
Menís issues Chapter 11
March 31 Adults
Older clients/retirement Chapter 18
April 7 Multicultural issues
Special populations Chapter 10
April 14 Gay, lesbian, & bisexual clients
Career counseling evaluation Chapter 15
April 21 Occupational information
Technology Chapter 9
April 28 Second test