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New Certificate Program in Independent Educational Consulting

New Program Designed for Individuals Transitioning into College Admission Consulting Profession

IRVINE, Calif. – September 22, 2009 – The University of California, Irvine Extension offers for the first time a certificate program in independent educational consulting, designed to address the growing field of educational consulting. With input from the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the new program will launch during the winter quarter of 2010 and will equip students with the skills needed to create a successful career as a college admissions consultant.

“With the growing need for personalized, one-on-one consulting, UC Irvine Extension is pleased to launch this new program which will help professionals looking to develop a career in college admissions consulting,” said Angela Jeantet, director for education programs for UC Irvine Extension. “Independent educational consultants can advise students on an individual basis, allowing students to find a college that best meets his or her needs and interests.”

The Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program is designed primarily for individuals interested in transitioning into college admissions consulting; individuals just launching a private consulting firm; and those who are established consultants seeking professional development. The new educational course focuses on entrepreneurial skills, as well as advising, marketing, small business ethics, industry practices and the exploration and college application processes.

Courses offered to satisfy the certificate program include:

  • Principles of Educational Consulting – Offered fall quarter beginning Sept. 28 online.

  • Navigating the Financial Aid Network

  • Working with Students with Learning Differences

  • Developing an Independent Educational Consulting Business

  • Independent Educational Consulting Practicum

  • College Admissions Consulting Resources (elective)

  • Marketing and Public Relations for the Educational Consultant (elective)

  • Consulting Students with Special Interests (elective)

  • Consulting Transfer, Summer and Gap Year Students (elective)

To learn more about UC Irvine Extension’s Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program, visit

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