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EDUC 5561: Career Counseling and Development

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6067.

This course is a study of career counselling development and theory. The theoretical emphasis is on the developmental aspects of career decision-making from childhood through adulthood.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify, understand, analyze and discuss theories of career development and the historical and philosophical foundation of career work
  • Describe, assess and apply the major career decision models, integrate those models with the career theories; be able to apply those to one's own life journey
  • Recognize and explain the difference between placement and counseling, demonstrating appropriate placement assistance, follow-up, and evaluation
  • Identify and evaluate ethical and legal issues related to career development in various settings
  • Apply career development theory and research to the career development choices of others
  • Identify, select and interpret appropriate resources and career assessment tools for clients
  • Define and develop an appropriate career development program targeted toward the student's professional clientele population, including appropriate awareness of special issues inherent in diversity markers such as multiculturalism and gender
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the appropriate use of resources to aid clients from a wide variety of ages, cultures, and perspectives
  • Articulate awareness and applied understanding of the interconnected nature of careers with life roles

Course topics

  • Lesson 1: Historical and Philosophical Foundation of Career Work
  • Lesson 2: Theories of Career Development
  • Lesson 3: Career Counselling Models
  • Lesson 4: The Intersection of Career and Personal Counselling
  • Lesson 5: Assessing Careers--Emerging Technology in Counseling and Career Decision and Ethical Career Counselling
  • Lesson 6: The Interconnected Nature of Career and Life Roles--Barriers to Careers and Career Development
  • Lesson 7: Working in Today's World and Developing Ourselves--Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, and the Process of Finding Work
  • Lesson 8: Career Counselling with Diverse Populations
  • Lesson 9: Career Counselling Application--Gender and Dual Roles
  • Lesson 10: Career Counselling with LGBTQ Clients and with Individuals with Disabilities
  • Lesson 11: Job Loss and Transitions--Adult Career Development
  • Lesson 12: Career Counselling Across the Lifespan

Required text and materials

Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see the list of required textbooks here:

Students may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at

If students have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Online Discussions Part A 12.5%
Assignment 2: Career Lifeline 15%
Assignment 3: Strong Inventory and Online Career Instruments 15%
Assignment 4: Group Presentation 10%
Assignment 5: Online Discussions Part B 12.5%
Assignment 6: Nickel and Dimed Journal Entry 10%
Final Project: Career Portfolio (mandatory) 25%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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