April 4th 2017 Start Date
The Ontario School Counsellors' Association offers Additional Qualification Courses in Guidance and Career Education Parts I, II and III in January, July and September.
OSCA's online, interactive courses are user friendly and allows real-time practice of the skills needed for the effective Guidance Teacher-Counsellor. We have a virtual classroom where we meet in real time to practice counselling skills, listen to guest speakers, and watch videos. This feature is very popular and it really makes OSCA's AQ experience prominent.
As part of the course, you will require earphones and a microphone to participate. A built in microphone is acceptable, but please ensure you use earphones. (Using external speakers causes unwanted background noise in the online classroom). You can find a cheap set of earphones/earbuds at any dollar store.
The videos and interactive nature of the course require the most recent Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/) and Quicktime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/) downloads. Both of these are free downloads.
The portal that the course uses is '8080'. If you choose to log in at school you may experience some difficulty. Please check with your help desk and they will be able to assist you. You should have no difficulty from your home computer.
Before the course begins, you will receive an email containing a link to OSCA's virtual classroom, as well as a user login id and password. Please bookmark this classroom link for easy access in the future. When you are first able to login, we suggest you review all the required modules in the course and map out gauge your time lines. Please make sure you have the required textbook, as the course uses it extensively.
All assignments are due by the end of your course. We use an adult education model - you are responsible for and are in charge of your learning.
As part of your OSCA AQ registration, you automatically become a member of OSCA for the upcoming (or current) school year. As such, you will have access to the OSCA member's lounge which is full of resources for guidance counsellors in Ontario. Also, will receive our 2x per week OSCAnews (from Sept to June), our quarterly professional publication, OSCA Today and OSCA's quarterly executive e-report, OSCAction.
Please do not hesitate to contact your instructor if you have any questions! They are here for you and your continuing education.