The Certificate in Career Development is designed for persons working in the career development field who wish to consolidate and deepen their knowledge base. The program will provide a grounding in career development theory and practice for those wishing to enter the field. The practicum will give new entrants to the field valuable work experience and will allow existing practitioners the opportunity to reflect on and improve their practice.


Students will be required to complete a total of ten courses as follows:

Required Courses

CADV 1000. Career Development I
CADV 1100. Assessment in Career Development I
CADV 1200. Interpersonal Communications
CADV 1210. The Nature of the Helping Relationship
CADV 1220. Group Facilitation
CADV 1300. The Nature of Work, the Workforce, and the Workplace
CADV 3000. Practicum in Career Development


Three Elective Courses from the following list:

CADV 2000. Career Development II
CADV 2001. Career Development for Special Populations
CADV 2100. Assessment in Career Development II
CADV 2200. Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
CADV 2300. The Emerging Economy

NOTES:  Students are required to meet UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - ADMISSION/READMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY (UNDERGRADUATE) for entry to Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Students may receive up to three exemptions for equivalent course work completed through another program or at another institution. If students have previously obtained credit from Memorial University of Newfoundland for any of the courses on a certificate program, they are not required to repeat these courses. To receive exemptions for certificate credit courses, students must make a written request with supporting documents (transcripts and course descriptions) to the Program Developer, Certificate Programs, School of Continuing Education for consideration by the Advisory Committee for the certificate.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Certificate courses are specially designed courses relating to specific areas of study for which no equivalent degree credit course exists and are not applicable towards an existing diploma or degree program.

1000. Career Development I. Career development will be defined and described from theoretical perspectives. In this course, students will address the need for, the purpose of, and the uses for theory within career development. Conventional, as well as contemporary, theories and approaches of career development will be studied.

1100. Assessment in Career Development I. This course will explore the relevant theories surrounding the nature of assessment as it pertains to the various facets of career development. Reasons for and application of research pertaining to assessment tools will be reviewed. Application of assessment tools to current settings will be encouraged.

1200. Interpersonal Communications. An examination of the communication process as related to career development will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to the development of interpersonal communication skills required for individual, group, and written work required of career practitioners.

1210. The Nature of the Helping Relationship. This course will provide learners with a basic understanding of how helping relationships are defined as well as evolve within career development contexts. The course will focus on a number of factors which may influence the helping relationship, including existing theoretical foundations; the implications of legislation and mandate on service providers and how practitioner and client relationship can be impacted by both; emerging trends (based on research) in the career development field; the influence of existing resources (human, organizational, financial and technological) on shaping the helping relationship; and the helping relationship as a facilitative process.

1220. Group Facilitation. This course covers the fundamentals of group learning, group processes, roles and leadership in career development settings. Emphasis is on the principles of adult learning and the role of a facilitator.

1300. The Nature of Work, the Workforce and the Workplace. Understanding local and global economies and the impact of environment, demographics, information and technology. Understanding the concept of "work" and the changing workplace, particularly job sharing, contracting, telecommuting, and entrepreneurship (including forced entrepreneurs).

2000. Career Development II. Students will have the opportunity to appraise theories/approaches of career development. Guidelines for the understanding of the principles of sound theory formulation will be used in the critical evaluation of career development theories/approaches. This course will provide students with practical skills in the application of career development theories/approaches for the purpose of designing interventions for the respective populations.
Prerequisite: CADV 1000.

2001. Career Development for Special Populations. The course presents an overview of career development by examining career exploration, career planning, and career counselling theories and their particular application to various target groups. These groups include (but are not limited to) women, youth at risk, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal and native populations. An examination of the barriers to employment that exist for each group will be explored. As well, strategies enabling career development practitioners, employment counsellors, employers and other interested individuals to diminish these barriers will be examined.

2100. Assessment in Career Development II. Through a review and analysis of the various instruments used for assessment in career guidance and counselling, students will be given an opportunity to review in-depth selected instruments and apply them to specific individuals, groups and cultures. A review of various career planning, interest inventory, vocational and aptitude tests will be further explored for future use in practice.
Prerequisite: CADV 1100.

2200. Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. This course will provide learners with basic concepts related to designing programs, implementation and evaluation strategies within the context of specific career development intervention for targeted populations. The course will focus on conducting a needs analysis; designing a framework for implementation in relation to identified needs; developing an ongoing monitoring system, using appropriate technological resources; designing and implementing an evaluation strategy which is incorporated into the program design; and preparing a funding proposal.

2300. The Emerging Economy. This course will be a general introduction to the emerging economy of the twenty-first century. The multidimensional dynamics of the global economy will be examined in light of the implications for Career Education Programming. The diverse political, economic, social, psychological, and educational variables will be studied as they influence the context for Career Development interventions (both for the individual and for groups). The knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for the emerging economy will be identified and will guide the content of the course.

3000. Practicum in Career Development. Supervised activities and/or projects designed to have the student implement career development theory and principles in real-life settings, integrate and apply knowledge gained in the prerequisite courses, and gain exposure to the practice of career development in the field.
Prerequisites: CADV 1000, 1100, 1200, 1210, 1220 and 1300.

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