College Admissions Specialist
"I loved the course by the way! I am revamping our whole program based on all the amazing things that I learned. Thank you all so much for that."
– Krista Gypton

Preparing students for postsecondary success is what we strive to do as school counselors. However the world of college admissions can be a confusing one, and often school counselors haven't received formal training in this arena. Learn how you can implement a comprehensive school counseling program that helps students understand the connection between K-12 school and college and make a successful transition to postsecondary education.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the role of the school counselor in promoting college readiness
  • Identify academic habits that prepare students for postsecondary success
  • Articulate how school counseling standards support the development of academic habits and postsecondary readiness
  • Identify ways to incorporate academic habits curriculum into classroom lessons, and small groups that support K-12 learning objectives
  • Discuss the importance of collaborating K-12 to improve students’ postsecondary success
  • Strategize ways to collaborate with your school counseling, teaching and administrative staff to keep your school focused on the culture of college and career readiness
  • List factors associated with postsecondary success in early childhood, elementary, middle and high school student, and explain how a comprehensive school counseling program can have an impact on these factors
  • Discuss the importance of a college-going culture and recognize what fosters a college-going culture
  • Analyze your school's current culture regarding postsecondary readiness
  • Discuss best practices for promoting a college-going culture that take into consideration demographic settings and special populations
  • Recall the basics of financial planning for college to help increase awareness around college costs and encourage parents to educate themselves early about the true cost of college
  • Recognize and discuss community college opportunities with students
  • Employ best practices for writing letters of recommendation
Earn the ASCA College Admissions Specialist designation to be best prepared to help your students on the path to postsecondary success. The College Admissions Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Register now.

To earn the College Admissions Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Books Webinars Magazine Articles Journal Articles and White Papers Supplemental Material
How to Get Started
1. Register now
 to get started on the road to becoming a College Admissions Specialist today. When you register, to be sure log in as a member to get the discounted registration rate. You may also purchase the books at the same time if needed. There are links to the required books at the bottom of the registration page.

2. Assignments: Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings. While ASCA does not promote one particular way to watch the videos we have found that VLC Media Player or Flip 4 Mac play the videos better on Apple Products.

3. Quizzes: Take the quizzes on each book/article/webinar. To access the quizzes, 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. Regardless of whether you're working on a Mac or PC, you'll want to make sure your browser software is the latest version for the best interface with the quiz software.