Facilitating Career Development, Maietta, Spring 2020

Course Number:  EDU 5515 C25 (graduate) EDU 4710 CFS3 (Undergraduate)
Instructor: Heather Maietta, Ed.D., CDFI, CMCS
Location: This course will take place in an online environment and has rolling enrollment beginning January 1, 2020.
Dates and Times: January 1 - May 15, 2020
Credits: 3 graduate or undergraduate credits
Tuition: $1,575

Course Description

The Facilitating Career Developments (FCD) Training provides individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning their careers and obtaining meaningful work. The FCD curriculum provides training in the areas of career development in the form of 120+ class/instructional hours designed around 12 core competencies. The curriculum was developed to provide standards, training, and specifications for career providers. The FCD training leads to two credentials: the internationally recognized Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) awarded by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and the National Career Development Association’s Certified Career Services Professional (CCSP). 

Audience: Higher Education career center, admissions, student support staff, academic advisors, faculty who provide academic and career advising. Guidance counselors/teachers in K-12; workforce development professionals; private practice career, life, and wellness coaches, counselors.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  • To engage participants in prominent career theories and techniques, and give participants the experience of applying those theories and techniques when working with client population.
  • To allow participants to identify, design, and complete an independent study project aligned with the core competencies and contributes to your own professional growth.
  • To learn how to apply the 12 core competencies to career advising and services in a variety of settings.

Course Objectives:

Proficiency in the following competencies:

  • Helping Skills – Basic career facilitating processes, including productive interpersonal relationships. To help you improve your own decision-making and career development progress/maturity by using yourself as a case-study charting your past behavior and developing possible future career scenarios.
  • Labor Market Information & Resources – Labor market and occupational info and trends. Using a variety of resources and publications, participants will consider the impact of these trends on the workforce and their population.
  • Assessment – Both formal and informal career development assessments, with emphasis on relating appropriate career development assessments to the population served. Participants will be introduced to and participate in a variety of assessments and their impact.
  • Diverse Populations – Studies covering the special needs of various groups, as well as how to adapt services to meet those needs. Diverse populations include but are not limited to gender, ethnicity, generational, ages and stages, and special populations.
  • Ethical and Legal Issues – Studies on the GCDF Code of Ethics NACE Code of Ethics and current legislative regulations. Current legal and ethical cases will be reviewed and analyzed.
  • Career Development Models – Career development theories, models and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background. The course will introduce you to the most widely distributed theories of career development (Trait-Factor, Personality, Social Learning, and Developmental)
  • Employability Skills – Job search strategies and placement techniques. How are we using the tools and techniques available to help our population flourish in new and uncertain environments?
  • Training Clients and Peers – Developing materials for training programs and presentations. How to effectively design, deliver and assess the programmatic impact of materials. How to teach to various learning modalities.
  • Program Management/Implementation – Studies covering career programs and their implementation and working as a liaison in collaborative relationships.
  • Promotion and Public Relations – Marketing and promoting career development programs. How does social media impact the work we do? How will it continue to impact? What level of importance does brand play in the success of our offerings and/or on personal success of our clients?
  • Technology – The understanding and use of career development computer applications. When is technology appropriate to use? What are the benefits and drawbacks? How does information chance when technology is inserted? What are the new technologies being developed to help career coaches be more effective?
  • Consultation – Accept suggestions for performance improvement from consultants and supervisors. How do we continue to grow as professionals? How do we help others grow?

Course Expectations


Forum Discussions; Case Studies; Coach Observations; Assessments

Projects: Independent Study: Our FCD students come from diverse backgrounds and their reasons for taking this course varies. The Independent Study component allows each participant to select activities aligned with one or more of the core competencies in their area of expertise or choice. The goal is to have a component that will offer participants the ability to apply what they’ve learned, as well as offer great value to those who serve in the career development arena.

Evaluation: Validation Quizzes: For each topic, you will complete a quiz based on the assigned readings and activities. The main requirement is that you read and understand the underpinnings of the career development process and how they are applied in the real world.

For additional course & registration information

Heather N. Maietta, Ed.D, CDFI, CMCS
(617) 925-5289

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