About the program
SDSU’s College and Career Advising Continuing Education Unit (CEU) courses are designed for school counselors, college and career advisors, and educators. You'll attain the knowledge and the skills you'll need to create equitable and accessible pathways to postsecondary success for all students.
Each course consists of 25 hours of total coursework (approximately 1.5 hours per week). Courses are mostly self-paced, which makes it easier for students with busy schedules to complete. There’s also five face-to-face sessions with your instructor throughout the course — one session per month — to help you connect with your classmates and get assistance from your instructor.
During both courses, you’ll complete a series of projects to help you apply the lessons learned in the classroom. Projects cover a range of timely topics that you can use in your day-to-day professional duties, including designing an equitable curriculum and preparing a faculty presentation to help you educate your colleagues on the importance of equity in education.
Earn Credits for Your Work
With this advising program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 2.5 CEUs per course.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) provide a permanent record of your educational accomplishments in a non-credit educational program. CEUs are not academic units, which means that they don’t appear on your transcript and can’t be applied to degree work at institutions of higher education. However, CEUs designate professional development in the field of college and career advising, and many institutions use CEUs when making hiring decisions and offering promotions.
Our College and Career Advising courses require 25 hours of coursework (approximately 1.5 hours a week) to receive 2.5 CEU’s.
What Do Our Students Say?
“This course has challenged what I thought I understood about the work that a counselor who prides themselves in creating equity and access for all students believes. It has opened my eyes and is in the back of my mind with every interaction I have with my students.”
- Tonika Russell, LLPC, SCL, Fall 2020
“I am in my 18th year in education. This course was just the 'refresher' I needed to feel confident in my abilities to address sensitive topics with my students and colleagues. It felt good to be engaged and to challenge myself and my abilities again."
- Jamie Siglow, Fall 2020
“I am so glad to be enrolled in this course right now. The time IS now. It's providing more than I expected. I am growing personally as well as professionally. My personal growth is the bonus. I am recognizing my biases and confronting some of the things I had suppressed for years. I am a bit anxious about beginning the real work in real life but I'm excited also. The greatest benefit of this course is that my students will reap the benefit of a better, more informed, more prepared, more equipped...school counselor. I have a renewed passion to provide them every opportunity for equitable exposure and experiences possible, in and out of the educational domain."
- Lenora Martin, Fall 2020
Meet Your Instructor
Dr. Laura Owen is a co-author of the Revisiting the Path Forward Report, which addresses the need for a renewed focus and understanding of the systemic advising and counseling structures and practices that support students as they navigate their postsecondary path.
In partial response to recommendations made in the Revisiting the Path Forward Report, Dr. Owen served as the Inaugural Director of the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success (CPRS) at American University. A prior urban school counselor and district counseling supervisor, her research focuses on bridging K-12 and higher education and more specifically evaluating the impact of interventions and programs designed to address the persistent equity and access issues that too many students across the country face.
Dr. Owen co-led the SDSU White House Convening (2014) focused on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising with Dr. Trish Hatch and Dr. Joey Estrada. She also assisted with the American University White House Convening (2016) that addressed culturally appropriate career counseling and college advising resources and practices that must be available to students. The Convenings called for renewed attention and evaluation of practices and interventions that create postsecondary pathways for all students, especially students living in poverty and first in their family to attend college.
Financial Aid and Funding
The state of Michigan covers registration for Michigan School Counselors to take these college advising courses. If you’re based in Michigan, please contact Autumn Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can get the funding you need to participate in these courses. If you’re based outside of Michigan, we’re currently exploring funding options for students in other locations.
Please check back frequently or contact Laura Owen at email@example.com for the latest information on tuition funding.
You’ll explore the fundamentals of college and career advising while also considering the available school and community-based systems, policies, and practices that contribute to equitable postsecondary attainment. The course will also look at how social emotional learning (SEL) and virtual advising influence postsecondary outcomes. You’ll learn how to support students who reside in low-income households, are first in their family to attend college, live with disabilities, and are from underserved populations.
Our curriculum will build on the skills you’ve gained in the Introduction to College and Career Advising CEU course. Topics that you’ll cover include creating antiracist college and career advising programs, identifying the key elements of a model career development curriculum, connecting postsecondary planning to career and workforce development goals, engaging students and families intentionally in postsecondary decisions and program planning, addressing transition planning and summer melt (elementary to middle, middle to high, high to postsecondary), and maximizing your students' success in the postsecondary attainment process.