Counselor Education: EDCO 244G & 289

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Program Dates

January 4th - January 17th, 2014

Course meets at SJSU in person and online before and after travel  (dates TBA) 

Program Overview

     Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country that has not had an army since 1949.  Although it occupies only .03% of the Earth, it boasts 6% of the world’s biodiversity and maintains 25% of its land for conservation and protection. Costa Rica’s cultural, geographic and political characteristics make it an ideal setting for building cross-cultural skills; and exploring issues such as leadership, development, peace-building, social cohesion, sustainability, and international topics affecting education.

     The purpose of this program is to foster global-mindedness in K-16 educators’ professional preparation and practice; increase understanding of global, cultural and linguistic diversity; and build capacity and skills for working effectively in diverse and complex settings.  Students will be able to complete two EDCO seminar courses (6 units): EDCO 289 (Advanced Seminar in Professional Counseling) and EDCO 244g (Cultural Perspectives in Counseling), which will include community service-learning with educational organizations in Costa Rica.

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on Costa Rica for more information. 

Academic Program

EDCO 244G (3 units) & 289 (3 units) = 6 units total


MA or PPS Credential Students in the Department of Counselor Education. Other program students welcome with instructor approval if space permits.

Accommodation, Safety, and Visas

More information to come. 

Program Leader

Dolores Mena
(408) 924-3627

Jason Laker
(408) 924-3654

Estimated Costs*

Tuition, food, lodging, local transportation, & tours


Estimated Total


 *Does not include airfare


FLP Application Process and FLP Student Forms