Underlying Basic Tenets
The Athabasca University Certificate in Career Development operates according to the following guiding principles.
- Core courses, in particular, should use a competence-based framework that emphasizes clarity and explicitness without masking the professional judgements and subjectivity that is inherent in teaching and assessing.
- There should be a flexible and open entry policy that includes the recognition of appropriate prior learning. Thus, all courses are open to challenge.
- It is important that course content in core courses include a theme of personal reflection and development.
- Program development in the certificate should be informed by a non-exclusive, cross-section of professionals from private and public institutions that employ and/or train and educate career development practitioners.
- All core courses need to have a practical (or applied) component built into them (e.g., in the theory course, build your own theory).
- There is no required order, but the preferred order is to do the core first, followed by the electives. The preferred order for completing the core is as follows: career development theory, career development tools.
- The program is intended for people with relevant work experience although others may be successful in the program as well.