This graduate level diploma program has been available from CBU since 1994. It is intended to enhance counseling skills for classroom teachers. With courses in counseling theory, differentiated instructional issues, individual and career counseling, testing and a supervised practicum, the diploma has proven beneficial to K-12 teachers in a variety of teaching and resource positions. Formal admission into the program is required. Courses are offered on a part-time basis allowing for the program to be completed in three years. Individual courses may be taken with the permission of the Dean.
EDUC5109 An Introduction to Theories and Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
Examines the historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological bases of the major approaches to counseling. Also explores the central issues in counseling and the social context of those issues. Special reference will be made to the particular concerns of the Cape Breton community by introducing students to the notions of culture, enculturation, socialization and ethnocentrism.
EDUC5111 Cultural Issues in an Educational Setting (3 credits)
Designed to provide those in counseling roles with an understanding of the cultural forces which shape the lives of individuals and groups. Drawing on the work of sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists and educationalists, the course highlights gender issues, race and ethnic relations, class differences and issues and school and youth culture.
EDUC5113 Human Relations Development (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to enhance the human relations skills of the student. Topics will include interviewing skills, group dynamics and conflict resolution.
EDUC5114 Career Counseling (3 credits)
Examines the theory and practice of career development and career counseling as a basis for introducing the student to the skills of adolescent career counseling. Special attention is given to assessing client needs: sex, race and class issues in career counseling for gifted children; promoting child self-understanding; career information services; interest and aptitude tests and utilizing community resources.
EDUC5142 Individual Testing (6 credits)
Provides students with a basic level of understanding of such individual tests of intelligence and other abilities as the Wechsler, Stanford-Binet and Peabody and their place in the counseling process. Also provides the students with an historical and cultural context for individual testing.
EDUC5150 Identification and Remediation of Learning Difficulties (6 credits)
Examines various learning problems and shows how those learning problems influence performance and adjustment in school. Intervention strategies are reviewed and practical application for school settings are designed. Special attention is paid to identifying at risk students and stay in school programs.
EDUC5991 Counseling Practicum I (3 credits)
Designed to prepare students for their field work segment in Counseling Practicum II. Students learn about the ethical and legal implications of the counselor’s work: the relationship to police, courts and various community intervention programs; recording interviews; counseling techniques; stress management and crisis intervention. Students are assigned a mentor with whom they will apprentice for two hours per week in the mentor’s professional milieu. Students also have an opportunity to share these initial field experiences within the online classroom.
Prerequisites: 21 credits fromEDUC5109, EDUC5142, EDUC5111, EDUC5113, EDUC5150, EDUC5114.
EDUC5993 Counseling Practicum II (3 credits)
Designed to provide an opportunity for students to obtain some initial first-hand field experience in counseling. For three hours per week the student will work under the supervision of a counselor in a professional setting and will be required to assume a counseling role under the mentor’s supervision. Students will also meet as a class for two hours per week to reflect on their experiences.