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Independent Educational Consulting Practicum

The final required course in the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program.

Course Description

This capstone course gives participants the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through the program's coursework to their own independent consulting practice. Students will be expected to contract with a client family (informed consent recommended) and demonstrate their ability to guide the client through the beginning stages of the application process. The client family may be pro-bono or billed, and the services provided should approximate the intended IEC model. Students will develop their professional identity as educational consultants. Students who take the Practicum in Winter and Spring quarters are required to find and work with a high school junior or college transfer student going through the admissions process. Students who take the Practicum in Summer quarter are required to find and work with a rising high school senior going through the admissions process. Students who take the Practicum in Fall quarter are required to find and work with a high school junior or senior going through the admissions process. Practicum students must be ready to begin working with their client. For all quarters, it is permitted to have begun work with the high school client prior to the commencement of the course. Practicum requirements include meeting with the client and client family through the various stages of college planning in addition to other independent research assignments.

Students must have completed all required core courses prior to registering for the Practicum course. Completion of elective courses is not a prerequisite for the Practicum course. See enrollment confirmation for login information. Due to high demand, early enrollment recommended.

NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $755
  • June 19, 2023 to August 27, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00071
  • ID/Units: EDUC X406.4  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Summer 2023


Terry Mady-Grove is a Certified Educational Planner, a former alumni interviewer for Cornell University, a professional member of the IECA, a regional coordinator for HECA, and a member of NYSACAC, the Nassau Counselors Association and East End Counselors Association. She attended the IECA Summer Training Institute and has a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UCI Division of Continuing Education. She started her independent educational consulting firm in 2013. Her background is in law as a founding partner of a law firm which she ran for 25 years, finely tuning negotiating and writing skills and mentoring young attorneys. She also has an M.A. in Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College, having gone back to school with a unique perspective as a mature student. In addition, she has two children who have gone through the college process. One child chose to attend the local public high school while the other opted to attend a boarding school several hours away from home. They attended their first choice colleges and graduate schools in both the US and the UK.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbooks are required for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START06/19/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END08/27/2023Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---