TC College Advising Program

Teachers College Columbia University

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Teachers College Columbia University


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Who should attend

This program is opened to interested participants who are currently pursuing a school counseling degree, professional school counselors, college access professionals, and community stakeholders who would like to deepen their understanding and gain specialized training in the topic of college advisement with a special emphasis on high-achieving students with great financial need.

About the course

School counselors, college access professionals, other educators, and community stakeholders play an integral role in the college application process. Students and families who are new to the college application and financial aid process often find themselves lost among forms, deadlines and higher education language that does not resonate with them. Students and families, especially those in underserved high schools, are more likely to report feeling ill-prepared for this process. As a result, many of these students decide not to attend college or limit their possibilities to two-year or under-resourced colleges.

Dedicated counselors, educators, and other stakeholders who are specifically trained in college advisement can close the gap in knowledge around higher education. Counselors are vital to a student’s academic success because they demystify the college admissions process. TC CAP-online seeks to provide targeted curriculum on college advising, improve professional competence, and increase college opportunities for underserved high school students. This program will achieve this by:

  • offering a specialized curriculum in college advising with an emphasis on serving high performing and low income students
  • reducing the inequities in college attendance and graduation for underserved students by training culturally competent school counselors and advisors
  • creating strategic alliances and partnerships in the community to enhance outreach and service delivery
  • building a well-trained, diverse, and vigorous

Program of Study

Through didactic instruction, research based curriculum and readings, peer and experiential learning and practical “hands on” training, the program will cover the below information throughout a series of modules.

  • Overview and Introduction to College Admissions Counseling and the Role of Counselor
  • Cultural Competence- Individual and Systematic Counselor cycle
  • Ethical Issues and Decision Making Models
  • Developmental Theories
  • College Matching
  • College Entrance Exams
  • Parts of the Application
  • Metrics for College Access and Success
  • Navigating Financial Aid
  • Serving Specific Populations:
    • Undocumented Students
    • First Generation Students
    • Homeless Youth
    • Students in Foster Care
    • Student Athletes
    • Military Academics
    • Students with Disabilities
    • Students of Color

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce education professionals with fundamental skills and knowledge of college advising processes.
  • To develop and implement a comprehensive college advisement program that increases opportunities for underrepresented students.
  • To explore the impact of a counselor’s values, assumptions, and life experiences on working with students and parents/guardians.
  • To develop an understanding of the variety of ethical situations that can arise during college advisement as well as how to effectively resolve them.
  • To prepare counselors in supporting college ready, low income students in entering postsecondary intuitions.
  • To learn how to support underrepresented students in attending postsecondary intuitions that matches their academic abilities.
  • To gain an understanding how to support students in applying for financial aid, scholarships, and college mentor programming.
  • To create practical materials that could be directly used in a college counseling office.

Assessment Methodology

Students in TC-CAP are assessed on their participation in class discussions, completion of course activities, and submission of assignments. Students are provided rubrics to understand the how participation and assignments are measured and evaluated. There are also opportunities for the students to test their own understanding through various quizzes developed using the tools of the online space.

Students will receive feedback and individualized comments on their submitted assignments, including discussion board comments and other written assignments. This feedback will be provided by course instructors, course facilitators, and/or teaching assistants. Feedback will be uploaded to Canvas, the Learning Management System, approximately one week after the assignment is submitted. Students will also receive their multiple choice quiz grades immediately after submitting the assignment. Students who receive a grade of 80% of lower will be electronically prompted to review the presentations and re-attempt the quiz. While there is no midterm or final exam, participants complete quizzes after every three modules to demonstrate their grasp of the materials. These 10-15 item quizzes will be multiple choice and participants have to take them before they can move onto the next set of modules. Participants receive a grade of 70% or higher to demonstrate satisfactory learning.


Riddhi Sandil

I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and am currently serving as the Program Coordinator of the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. I believe that there are multiple factors that impact human adaptation. Biologica...

TC College Advising Program at Teachers College Columbia University

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