College Admissions Specialist

"I loved the course by the way! I am revamping our whole program based on all the amazing things that I learned. Thank you all so much for that."
– Krista Gypton

Preparing students for postsecondary success is what we strive to do as school counselors. However the world of college admissions can be a confusing one, and often school counselors haven't received formal training in this arena. Learn how you can implement a comprehensive school counseling program that helps students understand the connection between K-12 school and college and make a successful transition to postsecondary education.
Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
  • Identify the role of the school counselor in promoting college readiness
  • Identify academic habits that prepare students for postsecondary success
  • Articulate how school counseling standards support the development of academic habits and postsecondary readiness
  • Identify ways to incorporate academic habits curriculum into classroom lessons, and small groups that support K-12 learning objectives
  • Discuss the importance of collaborating K-12 to improve students’ postsecondary success
  • Strategize ways to collaborate with your school counseling, teaching and administrative staff to keep your school focused on the culture of college and career readiness
  • List factors associated with postsecondary success in early childhood, elementary, middle and high school student, and explain how a comprehensive school counseling program can have an impact on these factors
  • Discuss the importance of a college-going culture and recognize what fosters a college-going culture
  • Analyze your school's current culture regarding postsecondary readiness
  • Discuss best practices for promoting a college-going culture that take into consideration demographic settings and special populations
  • Recall the basics of financial planning for college to help increase awareness around college costs and encourage parents to educate themselves early about the true cost of college
  • Recognize and discuss community college opportunities with students
  • Employ best practices for writing letters of recommendation
The College Admissions Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours.

Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Books Webinars Magazine Articles Journal Articles and White Papers Supplemental Material How to Get Started
  1. Register now
 to get started on the road to becoming a College Admissions Specialist. 
  2. Read/view the above assignments. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.