The Counselor Educator Academy

Do you teach or plan to teach the Career Counseling and Development course in your master’s program? If yes, NCDA has a great opportunity for you: The Counselor Educator Academy. 

Academy Overview:

The Counselor Educator Academy (CEA) is available for select counselor educators who teach a graduate level Career Counseling course. The purpose of the CEA is to support counselor educators by sharing best practices and providing tools you can use in your teaching. Participants hear from career counseling experts, share ideas, and revise their existing syllabi. CEA participants also commit to engaging in a project to serve others teaching the Career Counseling course.


  • Faculty or doctoral students in counselor education with an interest in learning best practices in teaching their assigned graduate level career counseling course
  • Participants must:
    • Attend and participate in the full 1.5 day Academy
    • Register for and attend NCDAs Annual Global Career Development Conference

Important Details:

  • The next CEA will be held during a future NCDA Annual Global Career Development Conference (tbd)
  • Participants may receive a stipend to help offset costs
  • Full participation and attendance to the conference will be required.
  • Each cohort will present at the following year's NCDA conference on projects completed during their year of service.

Application: (check back later)


List of all CEA Participants since 2015.


Counselor Educator Academy 2019

CEA alums generously shared their syllabi and favorite assignment descriptions. Counselor educators and NCDA members who want examples for their own teaching are welcome to use these documents (available under Members Only: Resources).


CEA alums have contributed various articles to Career Convergence, such as Intentionally Integrating Career Counseling Research, Practice, and Activities into Counseling Courses

NCDA Counselor Educator Academy – 2020 Survey Results

In spring 2020, Melinda Gibbons and David Ford, CEA co-coordinators, sent out an online survey to all CEA alumni. Our goal was to learn how participating in the CEA impacted teaching of the graduate level career counseling course. Questions focused on the impact of CEA participation on teaching career counseling course, impact on students, what participants liked best, what they would change, their experiences with the CEA cohort project, and other suggestions. The results are included below:David Ford Constituency Mtg

CEA Alumni Survey Results Spring 2020

22 participants (out of 58 possible) = 38% response rate
Members from all 5 cohorts responded


91% (n=20) of respondents found significant value in participating in the CEA
Those who found value noted:

  • Improvement to their own career counseling course
    • Provided additional and practical resources
    • Opportunity to collaborate with others teaching course
    • Made career counseling course more active and engaging for students
    • Felt more empowered/increased self-efficacy to teach the course
  • Felt their students benefited
    • more engaged
    • appreciated practical information
    • better understood relevance of course
    • felt more positive about importance of career-related issues
    • appreciated faculty connection to field
  • Favorite parts of CEA
    • networking
    • developing close relationships with cohort
    • idea sharing
    • expert guest presenters
  • Overall feedback/suggestions
    • keep having it
    • worthwhile experience
    • amazing program
    • create an opportunity for past cohorts to come together at conference
    • make it longer


Need More Information about CEA?

Contact Melinda Gibbons ( CEA Coordinator or co-chair Arden Szepe

See the CEA Annual Report 2019-2020 and CEA Mid-Year Report March 2022