Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Career Development
Regulations effective September 1, 2005

The University Certificate in Career Development is a versatile addition to professional credentials. The certificate is a 30-credit, traditionally one-year program offered at the senior undergraduate level of university study. It is intended primarily for practitioners who have some related work experience in a human services field by building on competencies already developed to enhance the practitioner's effectiveness.

The certificate is beneficial to human services professionals such as social workers, counsellors, health professionals, and corrections officers, as it provides them with insights into how career development affects all facets of a client's life. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Graduates will learn about:

· career development concepts, principles, and theories
· the career development implications of social, cultural,
  economic, and work trends
· using career resources and communication skills creatively to
  provide ethical and effective assistance in a variety of   settings
· critically evaluating their practice
· engaging in practitioner research.

Why Career Development?

Most Canadians begin thinking about a career in their mid-teens, and they continue to make career decisions throughout their lives. For many people, career decisions can be difficult, confusing, and even overwhelming: decisions about which occupation to enter, what type of training or education to pursue, whether to change jobs, how to manage self-employment, and how to plan for retirement.

Assistance from a skilled and knowledgeable career guide can be invaluable. Athabasca University's Certificate in Career Development is designed to provide candidates with the professional expertise to offer such assistance.

Job Opportunities for Graduates

Many reports predict expansion of the career development field over the next decade. According to the Canadian Labour Force Development Board,

"An increasing number of workers need periodic assistance over their working lives in order to make informed decisions about their place in the labour market, and to acquire the employability skills needed to become or remain successful. As a result, there is unprecedented demand by Canadians for career development services." (Career Development: An emerging national strategy, 1996. Ottawa: Canadian Labour Force Development Board.)

Opportunities for career development practitioners are increasing in the private sector, educational institutions, social and employment service agencies, and business and industry.

Athabasca University advisors have developed a Program Plan. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

  Total credits in the program (senior only) 30
  Required credits 12
  Elective credits 18
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
  General certificate regulations  
  Required Courses (12 credits)  
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics (3)
PSYC 300 Theories of Career Development (3)
PSYC 301 Career Development Resources in the Changing
World of Work
PSYC 405 Creating a Working Alliance (3)


  Elective Courses (select 18 credits from the following)  
COMM 377 Communication and Problem Solving in Groups (3)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
ORGB 390 Managing Change (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
PSYC 343 Issues and Strategies in Counselling Women (6)
PSYC 356 Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (3)
PSYC 381 The Psychology of Adult Development (3)
PSYC 388 An Introduction to Counselling (3)
PSYC 401 Learning through Life (3)
PSYC 441 Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice I (3)
PSYC 442 Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice II (3)
PSYC 443 Special Projects in Career Development I (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: Making Sense of Modern Organizational Life (3)
SOCI 321 The Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
SOCI 329 Aging and You (I): An Introduction to Gerontology (3)
SOCI 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 330 Aging and You (II): An Introduction to Gerontology (3)
SOCI 380 Canadian Ethnic Studies (3)
  Note: PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development, can be used to petition credit in the Certificate but the course itself, because it is junior-level, will not count toward the Certificate.  

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