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Advanced Certificate in College Advising


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Immerse Yourself in College Advising

As one of five programs focused on training college advisors nationwide, the Teachers College Advanced Certificate in College Advising equips dedicated counselors, educators, and other stakeholders to demystify the college admissions process. The Advanced Certificate program, offered online or in-person at Teachers College’s New York City campus, features a specialized college-advising curriculum that trains culturally competent, diverse, and reflective college counselors who serve as agents of change and social advocates for reducing disparities in higher education.

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Advanced Certificate

  • Major Code: CADV
  • Points/Credits: 12
  • Entry Terms: Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): Rolling
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • TBD

To earn the certificate, participants must complete:

  • 12 points of specialized curricular requirements which includes 3 required courses (College Admissions Counseling, Career Counseling, The American College Student)
  • For their fourth course, students are welcome to take an elective course from the a wide offering of courses in the college. Additionally, students can also engage in an optional 3 point internship course as one of their curricular requirements. This semester-long internship should be at a high school, specifically focused on college counseling and advisement*: Students will find a high school placement of their choice where they will provide college advisement. Please note that the College does facilitate internships. The Program Coordinator, Dr. Riddhi Sandil, is available to provide guidance on this process.

The Advanced Certificate has 4 core courses designed to provide students with a robust, in-depth, and experiential understanding of college advisement. These include:

CCPJ 4170: College Admissions Counseling

The primary focus of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to college admissions advisement. Through the course, students will learn to develop and implement an effective college advisement program that provides access to students from diverse backgrounds.

CCPJ 5062: Career Counseling and Development

This course is a practical and theoretical foundation for understanding the relationships of vocational development theories to career counseling practice. Within the course, consideration is given to both developmental and contextual factors which influence career decisions. Additionally, emphasis is devoted to techniques of appraisal for career counseling including interviews, assessments, and work simulations.

Program Approved Elective

Students are welcome to take an elective course from the a wide offering of courses in the college. Additionally, students can also engage in a 3 point internship course as one of their curricular requirements. This semester-long internship should be at a high school, specifically focused on college counseling and advisement*: Students will find a high school placement of their choice where they will provide college advisement. Please note that the College does not place students at internships and All students are required to secure an internship on their own. The Program Coordinator, Dr. Riddhi Sandil, is available to provide guidance on this process.

ORLH 4040: The American College Student

Reviews the demographic data about student access to college, the determinants of social class, race and gender differences in college access and choice, and the influence of colleges upon students.

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