Why School Counselor Training?

One of MCAN's strategic priorities is to provide professional development opportunities to those who work directly with students and families in the college-going process — especially school counselors. We believe school counselors are poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education. Counselors are uniquely positioned to change the postsecondary trajectories for all students. However, in order for school counselors to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings, they must have access to high-quality training in college advising and postsecondary planning. To support this priority, MCAN has provided dedicated professional development designed for school counselors since 2013.

New Professional Development Design

To respond to a changing school landscape, MCAN is expanding our professional development offerings to provide training on more topics and in new formats to fit the needs of Michigan’s school counselors. In addition to the established Foundations of Equity in College Advising course facilitated by Dr. Laura Owen from the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University, MCAN will also be offering College and Career Advising Mini-courses facilitated by Michigan school counselors. In this new format, registrants can choose the type of professional development that works best for them and their schedules.

The College and Career Advising Mini-courses are a great option for school counselors who are looking for deeper engagement than a one-hour webinar provides and are able to make a month-long commitment. Foundations of Equity in College Advising is designed for those who are able to commit to a semester-long, graduate-level course and want to take a deep dive into equity-based counseling work. School counselors will need to decide between enrolling in the Foundations course OR the mini-courses. Seats in all courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with priority seating given to school counselors. Please refer to the video below for more information on the courses and registration.

Coming in early 2023, MCAN will offer a new course, in partnership with Dr. Laura Owen, titled Equity-Focused Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions. More information on this course will be available in the fall.

These professional development opportunities are offered in addition to the standalone webinars MCAN will continue to offer throughout the year.

Registration and Course Cost

Registration for fall 2022 courses is now open! These courses are open to all school counselors, college and career advisers, and educators. However, a limited number of seats are available, and priority consideration will be granted to school counselors. Remaining seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; additional names will be placed on a waiting list. Registrants who secure a seat will receive a $250 scholarship to access the course at no cost.


Foundations of Equity in College Advising

COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this course, participants will build upon their knowledge of equity-centered counseling and advising practices in their efforts to support student postsecondary exploration, planning, enrollment, and persistence. The fall 2022 Foundations of Equity in College Advising course will run Aug. 22–Dec. 12. The Foundations of Equity in College Advising course is designed as a graduate-level course. Registrants should anticipate spending a total of 30 hours on this course over the span of the semester, which is reflected in the awarding of SCECHs. For the fall 2022 course, we anticipate 30 SCECHs in college preparation and selection will be awarded to participants who complete the full course (reduced SCECHs for partial completion will not be awarded). Learn more →


College and Career Advising Mini-courses

COURSE DESCRIPTION
College and Career Advising Mini-courses are a new training format MCAN is offering beginning fall 2022. From Exploring Postsecondary Match and Fit to Career Development for the 21st Century Workforce and The FAFSA Step by Step, each course allows participants to join a group of peers for online discussions, see best practices in action, gain knowledge, and access and create resources to incorporate immediately. Each mini-course will run for 4 weeks with new courses starting monthly. Registrants should anticipate spending a total of 16 hours on each mini-course over the span of a month which is reflected in the awarding of SCECHs. For the fall 2022 mini-courses, we anticipate 16 SCECHs will be awarded to participants who complete a full course (reduced SCECHs for partial completion will not be awarded). Learn more →