Career Development Specialist 
Within the last several years, many news networks including Forbes, CNN, US News and others have reported on the skilled-workers' shortage and the impact it is having on communities, individuals and the U.S. economy. Consequently, it is critical for educators to have career conversations with their students. Career education should begin in kindergarten and is exemplified by students who are knowledgeable about options and are prepared to enroll and succeed in any postsecondary experience without the need for remediation.
School counselors recognize that each student, regardless of background, possesses unique interests, abilities and goals that can lead to future opportunities such as qualifying for and succeeding in their chosen field. School counselors play a critical role in students’ career development by introducing them to careers and the world of work; providing learning and experiential opportunities for students to acquire behaviors and skills for career readiness; helping them understand the connection between school and the world of work; working with students to identify their interests, abilities, specific career clusters and postsecondary plans; and so much more. Collaborating with students, families, educational staff and the community, school counselor should work to ensure all students select their best postsecondary path. 

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe student outcomes/benefits associated with pre-K–12 career exploration
  • Recognize and become familiar with different career options
  • Identify potential career exploration interventions/activities
  • Describe the role of the school counselor in career development
  • Explain the theoretical foundations of the ASCA Career Conversations and Starter Questions
  • Brainstorm and implement a career program in your school
  • Articulate the four uses of the ASCA Career Conversations: assessment, prevention, intervention, collaboration
  • Apply the ASCA Career Conversations to individual case studies based on the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors
  • Develop an objective based on the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors and identify an ASCA Career Conversations intervention
  • Develop a practical plan for integrating Career Conversations and Starter Questions into everyday practice with individual students, small groups, parents and community partners
  • Strategize how to extend career initiatives to include STEM professions and activities
  • Recognize academic habits that prepare students for postsecondary success
  • Identify ways to incorporate academic habits curriculum into classroom lessons and small groups supporting K–12 learning objectives
Earn the Career Specialist designation to be best prepared to support your students in their career exploration. The Career Development Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Graduate credit is also available.

To earn the Career Development Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to three weeks for your certificate to arrive. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials:  How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Career Development Specialist training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.