EDUC 5561
Career Counseling and Development

3.0 Credits

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6048.


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.

Delivery Method

Online, Paced.


Admission to the TRU M.Ed. degree program.


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • 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 Outline

EDUC 5561: Career Counselling and Development includes the following 12 lessons:

  • 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

Maximum Completion

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Strong Interest Inventory®. Students will need to complete the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment through TRU's Assessment Centre. Students will be responsible to pay the fee of approximately $40.

  1. Ehrenreick, B. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in America. Picador, 2011.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0-312-62668-6
  1. Zunker, V.G. Career Counseling: A holistic approach. 9e. Cengage Learning, 2016.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-305-08728-6

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. You can order the text through the TRU Bookstore at A textbook list will be provided with a registration package when you are eligible to register. If you have any questions please contact the MEd program at

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 70%. The following table illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.

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 * 25%
Total 100%