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Our New Counselor Module Series offers free professional development designed to help new counselors as they embark on the career of high school counseling. Learn foundational information in the following categories: Counselor Tasks and Techniques, College Advising, and College Board Programs and Services.

Our Modules:

  • Provide free Continuing Education Units. Modules vary in length from 30 minutes to an hour allowing you to earn 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs). For more information about continuing education units, click here.
  • Are pre-recorded and available for on-demand viewing for your convenience.
  • Provide downloads of the PowerPoint presentations and a wealth of resources.


Counselor Tasks and Techniques

Module 1: Counseling Curriculum and Calendar
You will learn techniques on building your counseling curriculum and what it should include. We will do a deeper dive into creating calendars that will help you keep a handle on everything that is on your plate.

Module 2: Course Advising
You will learn about what is necessary to properly advise students on their course selections. We will share insight from a counseling practitioner on introducing rigor into a student’s schedule as well as provide you with some best practices and tips.

College Advising

Module 1: Helping Your Students Do a College Search
You will learn how to help your students conduct a college search based on institutional statistics and their preferences such as location, campus setting, and major. We will discuss academic fit, narrowing the college list, and utilizing BigFuture in the college search journey.

Module 2: Conducting a College Advising Conference
You will learn about preparing for college advising conferences as well as what is involved in conducting them. We will review key tasks and timelines that are appropriated for each grade level.

Module 3: College Application Basics
You will learn about the key components of the college application and supplemental forms. We will discuss key terminology, application platforms, and best practices.

Module 4: What College Admissions Officers Look For
We will discuss the top criteria that matter to admissions officers based on the State of College Admissions report published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. We will explore the impact of such factors as grades, rigor, test scores, and essays.

Module 5: Paying for College
We will provide an overview of the types of financial aid and forms utilized for students to apply for college funding. We will also explore activities that you can employ to share this information with your students including College Board tools and services.

College Board Programs and Services

Module 1: Navigating College Board
We will provide an overview of the College Board programs and services as well some tips on navigating the College Board website.

Module 2: Overview of the AP Program
We will provide foundational information about College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. You will learn about the program’s benefits to students, course offerings and some of the program’s tools and resources.

Module 3: Overview of the SAT Suite of Assessments
We will provide foundational information about College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments. You will learn about the program’s benefits to students, registration tips, and scoring information and some of the program’s tools and resources.

Module 4: Overview of the BigFuture Programs and Services
We will provide foundational information about College Board’s BigFuture program. You will learn about the many services and tools available under BigFuture including Student Search Service, Opportunity Scholarships, Career Finder, and Scholarship Search.