Career Development and Counseling – COUC 522

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/30/2022

Course Description

The course provides students an understanding of career development and related life factors. Students study career development theory and decision-making models, procedures for planning and conducting effective job searches, assessment instruments and techniques relevant to career planning and decision-making, and the use of career information. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interrelationships between career development and career decision-making and such factors as faith, values, personality, family, socioeconomic status, leisure, individual interests and abilities, and other life roles.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Considering that most people spend a large portion of their lives selecting and filling work roles, clients often have a need for career counseling at some point, regardless of the clinical settings. Therefore, counselors must be able to facilitate clients’ career development over the various stages of their lives. In this process, counselors must be able to help clients:

  1. Gain knowledge of self and the world of work,
  2. Explore faith, values, and salient life roles, and
  3. How these factors interact with their career identity through the process of career identity development.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the discussions are designed to develop the student’s critical thinking skills and to stimulate class discussion on relevant topics related to career counseling. As such, the student will be graded on his/her ability to analyze course material and communicate it in a succinct and cogent manner. For each Discussion, the student will submit 1 thread of 400–450 words and at least 1 reply of 200–250 words to a classmate’s thread. Each thread must include at least 2 citations in current APA format. (CLOs: A, C, D, E, F, G)

Benchmark: Career Self-Assessment & Exploration Assignment

Career Self-Assessment & Exploration Assignment 

The purpose of this assignment is to help the student develop a better understanding of the complexities of the career counseling and planning process and to complete his/her individual career counseling and planning cycle. The student will assess their interests, values, and spiritual discernment approach. The student will apply a counseling theory to his/her own career development and decision-making process. Additionally, the student will identify ethically based strategies for working with clients with differing values. The student will write a 10-12-page paper in current APA format, incorporating at least 3 scholarly references in addition to the provided O*NET web resource. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G) 

The student will complete a non-graded Career Inventory activity. The activity will walk the student through the steps of completing various career assessments. The results from the assessments will be used in the Career Self-Assessment & Exploration Assignment. (CLOs: A, B, C, E, F, G)

Career Services Visit, Résumé, and Critique Assignment

Students visit the online Liberty University Career Services center at

One function of the online visit is for students to familiarize with general information provided by Career Services centers. The primary focus of the visit is for students to build a résumé using the components found in the Résumé and Cover Letter link provided by Career Services. Students will submit their completed résumé to Career Services for a résumé critique.  School Counseling students include the finished résumé in their portfolio assignment during both of the internship semesters. (CLOs: B, E, F)

Benchmark Assignment: Career Development Program Proposal

The purpose of this assignment is to help students understand the process of developing a career development program based on the needs of an identified population within a counseling setting. Students will identify appropriate career development standards to create measurable objectives, identify evidence-based career development interventions, and appropriate program evaluation strategies. (CLOs: C, D, E, F) 

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete the assigned quiz after reading the Learn material in each module. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, contains 10 multiple-choice questions, has a time limit of 20 minutes, and is similar to the content found on state licensure examinations. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)