GISW EDLEAD 3186 Studies in Career Theory and Development -- 3 unit(s)

Receive an overview of career theories and their application. In addition to readings there will be career assessment inventories, reflection on the relevance and possible impact of theories and/or assessments, an informational interview and development of documents needed for a career search.

Review the most popular career theorist and authors and examine their research, exercises and instruments. Focus on the theorist or author's ideas and test them against your own life experiences.

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Course syllabus
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Course notes
This course is intended primarily for college-level juniors or seniors.

GIS Web IconThis course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Joan Smothers, Instructor

Tieger, P., & Barron-Tieger, B. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type. 2007. Little Brown & Co.

Additional Course Materials

A course packet containing reading materials is available from the Guided Independent Study Office for $40.

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