Innovative Counseling Project

The Innovative Counseling Project

 

Over the past decade, a steady increase in requirements for the early care and education workforce to attain college coursework and degrees has resulted in an upswing in college enrollment. The Center’s Innovative Counseling Project is currently supporting six T.E.A.C.H. states in stimulating and refining our counseling approach with scholarship recipients toward the goal of certificate and degree completion. Some strategies being explored include more counseling contacts and support, use of peer mentors and the development of an Individualized Professional Development Plan

  Innovative Counseling Strategies Being Explored

  • Increased counseling contacts and support
  • Face to face individual contacts
  • Use of peer mentors
  • Cohort gatherings
  • Development and updating of an Individualized Professional Development Plan
  • Use of online discussion boards

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® States Participating in the Innovative Counseling Project

Student Success Fact Sheets

Student Success Reports

“I liken T.E.A.C.H. participants to the Wizard of Oz tale. The scarecrow, tin man and lion embarked on a journey to get something from the Wizard, but they all realized in the course of the journey that they already had the brains, heart and courage they were seeking. In the same way, early educators think they are not college material because their friends and relatives have not attended college and in many cases they have had experiences in high school that made them feel inadequate. As these early educators take steps along their path – succeeding in passing tests and courses and connecting with instructors – they realize they have always had the brains, courage and heart to succeed. Mentors and counselors can help them to appreciate their successes and confirm that the new view they have of themselves is real. The professional development plans provide an opportunity for overall assessments of progress, too. They also provide the mentor or counselor with a deeper understanding and connection with the student.” –  Andrea Lopez, Innovative Counseling Project Coach, New Mexico