Undergraduate Programs
University Certificate in Career Development
Regulations effective January 1, 2009

The University Certificate in Career Development is a 30-credit (one-year full-time study) program. It is intended primarily for practitioners who have some related work experience in a human services field. The certificate builds on competencies already developed to enhance the practitioner's effectiveness.

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.

Because most core and psychology elective courses in this program assume a basic background in psychology, it is strongly recommended that students have credit in PSYC 289 and PSYC 290 or their equivalent before registering in senior-level courses. Please note, however, that PSYC 289 and PSYC 290 are extra to this program. The program courses also require students to have third-year university-level writing ability or higher. To assess your readiness for writing in 300- or 400-level courses, please contact a Write Site staff member.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

  Total credits in the program (senior only) 30
  Required credits 12
  Elective credits
Focus Area 1: Disciplinary Electives
Focus Area 2: Interdisciplinary Electives
  Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 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)


  Focus Area 1: Disciplinary Elective Courses
(Select 12 credits from the following set of courses)
EDPY 351 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
PSYC 205 Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development (3)
PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSYC 345 The Psychology of Women (3)
PSYC 347 Introduction to Feminist Counselling (3)
PSYC 350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSYC 356 Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (3)
PSYC 381 Psychology of Adult Development (3)
PSYC 388 Introduction to Counselling (3)
PSYC/EDPY 389 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions (3)
PSYC 401 Learning Through Life (3)
PSYC 406 Introduction to Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy (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)
PSYC 444 Special Projects in Career Development II (3)
  Focus Area 2: Interdisciplinary Elective Courses
(Select 6 credits from the following set of courses)
COMM 277 Group Communication (3)
EDUC 310 The Canadian Training System (3)
ENGL 306 The Literature of Work (3)
HRMT 301 Recruitment and Selection (3)
IDRL 305 Collective Bargaining (3)
IDRL 312 Conflict and Accommodation (3)
IDRL 317 Reengineering the Organization (3)
LGST 310 The Impact of the Canadian Charter on Labour Relations (3)
ORGB 300 Oganizational Culture (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
ORGB/HRMT 386 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)
ORGB/HRMT 387 Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
SOCI 321 Sociology of Work and Industry (3)
SOCI 329 Aging and You (I): Introduction to Gerontology (3)
SOCI 330 Aging and You (II): Introduction to Gerontology (3)
SOCI/WMST 345 Women and Work in Canada (3)
SOCI 380 Strategic Human Resource Management (3)

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