This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes four sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to counsel middle grade students for college and careers. It’s assumed that participants have already completed modules 1-3 before taking this module. Participants will be engaged in building additional knowledge and skills to serve the middle school population in several areas including career exploration for middle school students, academic planning and transitions from elementary to middle and middle to high school, and developing academic mindsets and skills. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session, and complete practical, hands-on activities throughout the course.
Note: The term "college" is used throughout this course to refer to any postsecondary education or training. "College" refers to a Pell-eligible educational institution beyond the high school level, including those that offer apprenticeship programs, certificates, and associate and/or bachelor degree programs.