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As the need for advisers to meet the diverse needs of today's students continues to grow, the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning provides the in-depth knowledge and technical skills necessary to help students transition from high school to college or from college to a professional career. Experienced instructors offer insight to all areas, including admissions requirements for public, private, local, national and international institutions; financial aid options and planning; techniques to advise special populations; counseling skills; self-appraisal instruments and interpretation; planning for college admissions tests, essays and recommendation letters; and uses of technology in college and career planning. The curriculum—overseen by an advisory board of professionals in the field and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education—gives special attention to training in the college admissions process while emphasizing the connection to the working world, including field site observations and a comprehensive practicum. With training from Extension, you are prepared to help others while advancing your own career in advising.

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Required CoursesYou may begin with any of the following three courses: College Admissions Advising A X369.3, Career Planning for College Admissions X369.5 or Counseling Techniques for Educators X365.6.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
EDUC X369.5 Career Planning for College Admissions 4 Classroom Available
EDUC X369.3 College Admissions Advising A 4 Classroom Available
EDUC X369.4 College Admissions Advising B 4 Classroom Not Available
EDUC X365.6 Counseling Techniques for Educators 2 Classroom Canceled
EDUC X361.9 Practicum in College Admission Advising 1 Classroom Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

Enrollment in individual courses is open to anyone who meets the stated prerequisites. Participants in the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning must have earned at least a bachelor's degree (B.A.) or equivalent at an accredited institution.

For students whose native language is not English, it is recommended that you achieve a minimum level of English proficiency. For example, if you achieved a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or have previously taken and successfully completed courses taught in English, you may be more confident in your ability to succeed in a UC Berkeley Extension course. You do not need to submit test scores.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 5 required courses for a total of 15 semester units (216 hours of instruction). This certificate can be completed in one year. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 3.0 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning, complete these three steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.
  3. Evidence of a bachelor's degree is required of all new applicants. Once you register for the certificate, send official transcripts to:

    UC Berkeley Extension
    Department of Education—CACP
    1995 University Ave., Suite 110
    Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

    All non-U.S. transcripts must be accompanied by a foreign transcript evaluation. The most basic evaluation is sufficient; there is no need for the class-by-class report.

You should register for the certificate before you begin the third course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $4,000 (not including course materials or one-time certificate registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 642-1171. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

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College Readiness and Persistence Coach
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Kate Augus
College Counseling
Head Royce

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Carolyn Hartsough
Academic Coordinator
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Sally Kingston
Executive Director
Envision Learning Partners

Sharon Lack
Founder and College Adviser
Sharon Lack Associates

Amber Lester
Director of Counseling
REALM Charter School

Kathryn Mehler-Clark, MFT
College Adviser
Adjunct Faculty
St. Mary's College

Cyndi Niendorf
College Adviser

Susan Pendo
Senior Assistant Director
Undergraduate Admissions

UC Berkeley

Gina Snyder
Founder and College Adviser
Career Focus

Suzy Thomas
UC Berkeley Extension

St. Mary's College

Alan Young
Founder and College Adviser