Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

Current research and trends have emphasized the importance of career education and comprehensive school counseling programs in schools. To date, few researchers have asked students directly what they know and need to know for post-high school planning. The purpose of this study was to indentify the specific needs of students in order to create a comprehensive career and college counseling program for grades nine through twelve in the high school setting. A survey was given to high school seniors regarding their educational and career plans, as well as the resources they have used to make these post-secondary decisions. Results indicated that 1) there is a difference in the needs of students depending on their post high school choices; and 2) there is a need for a comprehensive school counseling program. Implications for school counselors and future research were discussed.

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