College Counseling: Start Early with 9-10 Graders

Exploration of the full array of college options needs to begin well before the end of high school. This course will give counselors an understanding of the essentials of a strong college counseling curriculum, and how to introduce these ideas to 9th and 10th graders in developmentally-appropriate ways. You will gain valuable resources about how to explain the importance and various aspects of college preparation to early highschool students as well as the many options for post highschool education there are today. This course is part of the College Counseling series.

In this course, you will:

  • Comprehend the goals of an effective introductory college counseling curriculum,
  • Apply the elements of an effective curriculum to 9th and 10th graders, based on developmentally-appropriate activities,
  • Assess the effectiveness of your college counseling program, and
  • Prepare a flyer for your students to inform them about steps they can take right now to build a foundation for college admissions success.

Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School

Course Partner


Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.