Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Career Counseling

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The WBL and Career Counseling certificates are unique certificate programs approved by the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. They are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and can help educators earn their work-based learning coordinator endorsement from MSDE. The graduate level WBL and career counseling courses can be applied as electives toward the master’s degree in CTE. The table below depicts the course sequence for the WBL and Career Counseling certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please complete the form on this page to receive directions about how to apply and enroll in these programs.

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Undergraduate Certificate CoursesWhen Offered
EDTE 472: Promoting Student Career and Postsecondary Readiness trough Career Counseling#Fall
EDTE 480: Coordination of WBL Programs*#Spring
EDTE 445: American Industry and Global Competition*^Summer
Elective (select one)
EDTE 467: Instructional Analysis and Curriculum Development*#
EDTE 451: Historical Philosophies and Current Trends of CTE#

Fall
Graduate Certificate CoursesWhen Offered
CTED 672: Career Counseling for Developing Student Career and Postsecondary Readiness#Fall
CTED 607: Coordination of Work Experience Programs*#Spring
CTED 655: Contemporary Workplace Practices*^Summer
Elective (select one)
CTED 665: WBL Instructional Management and Curriculum Development*#
CTED 651: History and Principles of CTE#
Fall
Note: Course descriptions can be found here (undergrad) and here (grad). * = Satisfies one of the three courses needed for the WBL Coordinator endorsement from MSDE. ^ = Course only offered in person. # = Course offered in a synchronous/asynchronous online format.

Important Details about the WBL and Career Counseling Certificate Programs

We offer two certificate programs: 1) an upper division (undergraduate) certificate, and 2) a post-baccalaureate (graduate) certificate in Work-Based Learning (WBL) and Career Counseling. The WBL and Career Counseling certificate programs each consist of four courses/12 credits that can be taken in any order. The certificates have three required courses and one elective course. Pending which elective is selected, the completion of the WBL and Career Counseling certificate can lead to the WBL endorsement from MSDE. The WBL and Career Counseling certificate programs are open to any educator, career counselor/coach, or school counselor who is looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area. If educators wish to also earn the WBL Coordinator endorsement from MSDE, they must hold a valid teaching license from MSDE because the WBL endorsement needs to be added to an existing MSDE teaching license. The graduate level certificate courses can also be applied as elective courses toward the Master’s degree in CTE. The EDTE 445/CTED 655 courses are offered in person at BMI and at local business sites in the summer for six days to meet COMAR 13a.12.02.07.C.5 regulations. All other WBL and Career Counseling courses are offered in a synchronous/asynchronous online hybrid format to serve teachers from across the state. Please contact us for more details.

Total Credits for the UMES Certificate in WBL and Career Counseling: 12

Note: Teachers who are not interested in the certificate and only want to earn the WBL Coordinator endorsement (3 courses/9 credits) from MSDE can apply as a non-degree seeking student. Educators who can submit documented evidence of 1,000 hours of wage-earning, non-teaching occupational experience within the past 10 years; OR participation in a 150 hour industry externship experience may not have to complete the EDTE 445/CTED 655 course for the WBL Coordinator endorsement; however, EDTE 445/CTED 655 is a required course for those interested in completing the UMES certificate program.

Total Credits for the WBL Coordinator Endorsement from MSDE: 9


How to Apply to the WBL and Career Counseling Certificate Program

Please contact us or fill out the form at the top of this page so we can assist you with applying and enrolling in the correct courses. Please do not apply without contacting us first.


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Undergraduate WBL and Career Counseling Course Descriptions

(Note: Credit Hours are given in parentheses)

EDTE 445: American Industry and Global Competition (3)

This course is an examination of American business and industry in relation to current and future global economy trends. All aspects of the industry are covered including planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

EDTE 451: Historical Philosophies and Current Trends of CTE (3)

This course will provide an overview of historical trends, philosophies, principles, and sociological underpinnings of career and technology education. Topics to be explored include developing an understanding of current CTE trends and policies nationally and across Maryland, career clusters and programs, historical developments leading to present day CTE, CTE for learners of all backgrounds and abilities, the impact of legislation federally and in Maryland, administrative structures, the role of CTE in promoting democratic and societal ideals, and foundational philosophies that influence CTE.

EDTE 467: Instructional Analysis and Curriculum Development (3)

This advanced curriculum design course covers how to design a standards-based unit of instruction based on an instructional analysis in a content area in order to develop curriculum materials. Students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate technology-oriented curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the integration and utilization of national and state content standards not only in Technology Education but also on academic areas such as math and science. Based on these standards and the backward mapping process, goals, objectives, indicators, student learning activities, instructional materials, and assessment instruments are designed.

EDTE 472: Promoting Student Career and Postsecondary Readiness through Career Counseling (3)

In this course students will learn basic counseling techniques, career development theories relevant to school-aged children and adolescents, and essential components of career and postsecondary readiness, with a focus on the role of school-based career counseling professionals in middle and high schools. During this course students will practice basic counseling skills and demonstrate evidence-based strategies to promote student career and postsecondary readiness skills through individual counseling; assessment of career interests, abilities and work values; group interventions; career development program planning and delivery; and collaboration with parents, teachers, career and technology education (CTE) programs, work-based learning partners, postsecondary institutions, local businesses, industries, and other community stakeholders. Emphasis will be placed on counselor advocacy to promote equity in student access, success, and attainment of academic and career goals. This course is excellent for school counselors, career and technology educators, and work-based learning coordinators who are looking to develop or enhance their career counseling and coaching skills to promote career and postsecondary readiness.

EDTE 480: Coordination of WBL Programs (3)

Study of a variety of work-based learning programs will be covered including cooperative work experience internships, mentorships, job shadowing, and apprenticeship. Mission, trends and current practices in these programs will be discussed. Methods and techniques of coordination in comprehensive and part-time programs at the secondary and adult levels are covered.


Graduate WBL and Career Counseling Course Descriptions

(Note: Credit Hours are given in parentheses)

CTED 607: Coordination of Work Experience Programs (3)

A variety of work-based learning programs will be covered including the career research and development program, cooperative work experience, internships, mentorships, job shadowing, and apprenticeships. Mission, trends and current practices in these programs will be discussed. Methods and techniques of coordination in comprehensive and part-time programs at the secondary and adult levels are covered.

CTED 651: History and Principles of CTE (3)

This course is an overview of current policies and principles in career and technology education including the historical, sociological, and philosophical  underpinnings. Topics include an understanding of what CTE is nationally and in Maryland, content areas and types, early history of CTE, CTE for diverse cultures, the impact of federal and Maryland legislation, administrative structures, role of career and technical education in promoting democratic ideals, and development of career and technology education philosophies.

CTED 655: Contemporary Workplace Practices (3)

This course analyzes American industry in relation to current trends in globalization and future competitive trends. Organizational structures, personnel needs, production, quality, and competition in selected manufacturing and construction enterprises are covered. Leadership, human resource management, organizational performance, strategic planning, and customer satisfaction are major themes covered through site-visits and class presentations.  Students learn how each business affects the local, regional and national economy, the role of education in helping American companies stay competitive, and industry expectations for the skills and education needed by interns and future employees. Students will research a career field through a survey instrument and provide a comprehensive report.

CTED 665: Work-Based Learning: Instructional Management and Curriculum Development (3)

This course helps an individual design an instructional program and curriculum materials for work-based learning based on thorough instructional analysis process.  Topics include content standards, instructional analysis, student performance objectives, curriculum design, instructional resources, Universal Design for Learning, work-based learning lesson plans, and assessment.  The purpose of the course is to help teachers acquire new knowledge and skills necessary to create rigorous, high-quality unit and lesson plans for CRD and WBL programs that lead to increased student achievement.

CTED 672: Career Counseling for Developing Student Career and Postsecondary Readiness (3)

This course will cover basic counseling techniques, career development theories relevant to school-aged children and adolescents, and essential components of career and postsecondary readiness, with a focus on the role of school-based career counseling professionals in middle and high schools. Students will practice basic counseling skills and demonstrate evidence-based strategies to promote student career and postsecondary readiness skills through individual counseling; assessment of career interests, abilities and work values to promote student autonomy in selecting careers and educational programs of study based on their own interests, abilities and work values; group interventions; career development program planning and delivery; and collaboration with parents, teachers, career and technology education (CTE) programs, work-based learning partners, postsecondary institutions, local businesses, industries, and other community stakeholders. Counselor advocacy to promote equity in student access, success, and attainment of academic and career goals will be emphasized. This course is designed for school counselors, career and technology educators, and work-based learning coordinators who are interested in developing or enhancing their career counseling and coaching skills.


For more information about these certificate programs and the WBL endorsement, please contact:

Tyler S. Love, Ph.D., DTE
Professor, Department of the Built Environment
Director of Graduate Studies in Career and Technology Education
Coordinator of Undergraduate Technology and Engineering Education
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1425 Key Highway, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21230-5115
(410) 727-4808 Ext 164
tslove@umes.edu

JoAnn Eliff
Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate and Graduate CTE, WBL, and PTE Courses
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1425 Key Highway, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21230-5115
(410) 727-4808 Ext 164
jenorris@umes.edu

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