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Independent Educational Consulting Practicum

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

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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. Please register for the course at least two weeks prior to the start date. 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.

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  • Details
  • $755
  • January 08, 2024 to March 17, 2024
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00045
  • ID/Units: EDUC X406.4  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2024


Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP, is owner of College Options, LLC, a small-team virtual practice headquartered in Colorado, and has more than 30 years of experience working in higher education and college consulting. Katelyn has provided college consulting services to students at Dynamy, Inc., a gap-year and access-to-college program in Worcester, MA and has been in private practice for 17 years. Prior to this, she worked on the campuses of Boston University, Bentley College and WPI; she has volunteered her time with Peer Forward and numerous college affordability efforts in her community. Katelyn is also the immediate past chair of AICEP and a former board member of HECA; she is a frequent faculty member at IECA’s STI and at NACAC’s pre-conference IEC workshop.

Textbook Information

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

Required Textbook(s):

The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide
Book - ISBN: 9781421447483
Barnard & Clark, 2 ed, Johns Hopkins University Press

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/08/2024Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END03/17/2024Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---