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Career and Education Advisor Certification

Upcoming Course Start Dates:

Spring 2016: February 8, 2016 - May 30, 2016

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Summer 2016: June 7, 2016 - August 29, 2016

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Fall 2016: September 6, 2016 - November 29, 2016
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Winter 2017: December 6, 2016 - February 28, 2017
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Price: $895

Group discount of 15% available to organizations registering a minimum of 5 individuals.

CAEL and Indiana University have developed an online, instructor-led course designed specifically for those who need to provide career and education advice to adults. Participants will learn how to:
• Apply career development theory to your work
• Assess the value of education and training related to career choice
• Gather labor market data to assist with career planning and advising
• Help others develop a career plan
• Advise a diverse workforce
• Deal with ethical issues
• Help adults leverage social networking tools

Course Organization
The course content is organized into five Modules, each addressing specific competency areas. Each Module takes two weeks to complete.

Module 1: Foundations of Career Development Theory
Module 2: Education and Training for Adults
Module 3: Data Gathering for Career Planning
Module 4: The Career Planning Process
Module 5: Advising a Diverse Workforce; Social Networking; Ethics in Advising

Final Project

As a capstone, you will be required to exhibit understanding of the skills necessary for providing successful career and education advising that meet the needs of the individual, specific companies or organizations, where appropriate, and the workforce as a whole.
This final week provides a separate space and time for presentation of final projects and to review each others’ projects and provide feedback.

The course is delivered online in a mostly asynchronous manner. This means that you can participate by watching presentations, reading content, completing activities, reflecting, writing, and discussing topics with your fellow students in the community forums at a time that is convenient for you. There will be options for live interaction with the course facilitator and other participants several times during the course.

Each Module includes the following learning activities:
• Required reading and watching/listening to a presentation on the module topic
• An application assignment where you have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in your own context
• A community activity where you interact with other students discussing aspects of the module topic
• An optional synchronous (live) Online Meeting with your instructor and other students
• A knowledge assessment in the form of an online quiz

Continuing Education Credit

The total anticipated contact time for this course is 90 contact hours (9.0 CEU’s for organizations awarding CEU’s for the instruction).

Please note that this course will require you to devote 10-15 hours per week on average for reading and assignments.

What Advisors say about the program
• “Someone came in just last week. She worked for same company for 30 years, and when the company downsized, she was the first to go. She was at a loss and didn’t know where to start. I know where to start now. Those who are older need to hear the questions: What do you want to be? How do you want to reinvent yourself? Then develop a plan from there. It all relates back to this course. The different theories of career development – what stage are they in? what do they need to do to move forward?”

• “I’m glad I went through this training. I think it has helped me be better at what I do. Often we are numbers driven. This training has given me permission to spend time with my customers so that I can better serve them. Instead of pushing someone through to get the numbers, I spend time with them to learn what it is they want to do, how they can be happy in a new employment situation.”

• “I have found that even my younger customers can benefit from my new skills. I think about what they need. Advising, coaching, counseling? Which? What do they need to get back to employment? I help them identify what their barriers are. For example, I recently worked with a younger guy who initially said that he wanted to go to truck driving school. Just talking to him and asking him more questions, I learned that he really wanted to go to pharmacy school. I took the time to listen to him and help him figure out the “baby steps” he could take toward his goal. He’s now doing an externship after studying to be a pharmacy tech.

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Online PLA Certification

Workshop 1 Starts January 11, 2016 and June 6, 2016
Workshop 2 Starts February 22, 2016 and July 18, 2016
Workshop 3 Starts April 25, 2016 and September 19, 2016
Workshop 4 Starts June 13, 2016 and November 7, 2016

Learn to develop a professional portfolio assessment system for your institution, or strengthen your institution’s existing prior learning assessment (PLA) programs, by completing the online PLA certificate program. Offered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and DePaul University this program provides the basic tools to develop skills and procedures for assessing adults’ prior learning. The program is delivered over the Internet, allowing you to participate at any time, from any place, all you need is e-mail capability and a web browser.

How Does It Work?

The PLA certificate program consists of four web-based workshops each with 4-7 modules. During each workshop, participants work through a series of structured activities employing online and off-line materials. Each group of participants is assigned an online consultant to facilitate learning and provide feedback. Participants may discuss issued and activities within their learning group.

PLA Workshop 1: This introductory workshop is intended for those with little or no experience with PLA concepts or practices. In this workshop you will become familiar with the language of PLA, a set of standards for the assessment of learning and the procedural steps to run an assessment process.

PLA Workshop 2: This workshop builds on the fundamentals of PLA covered in Workshop 1, including how to apply prior learning assessment principles to the series of decisions that make up assessment activity.

PLA Workshop 3: This workshop focuses on quality assurance and the integration of activities, policies and procedures that ensure that a program's practices are congruent with its goals.

PLA Workshop 4: This workshop focuses on additional quality assurance and the integration of activities, policies and procedures that ensure that a program's practices are congruent with its goals.

Completion of the first two workshops leads to a Certificate of Achievement in Prior Learning Assessment. Participants who successfully complete all four facilitated workshops will be granted a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment.

The Online Program will help you to:

  • Understand principles of experiential learning, including the value of experiential learning for adults.
  • Understand and apply the steps and procedures in the PLA process.
  • Understand the links between experience and learning, and be able to determine college-level learning gained from experience.
  • Discriminate between college-level and pre-college-level learning.
  • Understand the history and development of prior learning assessment.
  • Know and be able to apply principles of best practice in prior learning assessment.
  • Apply administrative principles of prior learning assessment within the context of your institution.
  • Be able to articulate to various audiences the value of prior learning assessment.

This program provides an opportunity to certify your knowledge and application of the CAEL Standards and Principles for assessment as an individual practitioner. It does not certify the practices and policies of programs, organizations, or institutions.

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