Online Courses

Online courses offer flexible learning options at a distance to meet your goals and needs. You can enroll in distance learning courses anytime and take up to nine months to finish your studies. These are great opportunities for personal and career development offered at high school, university, and noncredit levels.

Positive Psychology

ESCP 4200 Seminar in Positive Psychology: An Introductory Overview (undergraduate)
ESCP 7200 Seminar in Positive Psychology: An Introductory Overview (graduate)

This course will provide an overview of the emerging focus within psychology known as positive psychology. One of the pioneers of positive psychology, M. E. P. Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, describes it as "a science that seeks to understand positive emotion, build strength and virtue, and provide guideposts for finding what Aristotle called the 'good life.'" Some of the topics of positive psychology that are included in this course are happiness, strengths, flow, flourishing relationships, and spirituality. A goal of this course is to help the student increase his or her personal level of happiness. Several researched positive psychology interventions are incorporated into lesson assignments to be completed. It is the authors' hope that by completing the exercises assigned, the course will have the potential to do more than just inform, but may actually transform the student towards greater well-being.

List of Textbooks and Materials: Compton, William C. 2005. An Introduction to Positive Psychology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. Additional articles will be made available online.

Grading: For ESCP 4200 (undergraduate class) you will receive a grade of either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory for this course. For ESCP 7200 (graduate level class) you will be graded on an A-F scale for this course.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for ESCP 4200. You must have graduate student standing to enroll in ESCP 7200.

How to Register:

  1. Go to the Mizzou Online website and click on Enroll Today.
  2. Scroll to the drop down menu and click “University” and acknowledge the terms of agreement to Continue.
  3. Use the drop down menu and select Education. If you are currently enrolled in any other CDIS course please checkmark the box and then click Continue.
  4. You will be prompted to select a course. From the drop down menu, scroll to either 4200 Seminar in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology (undergraduate course) OR 7200 Seminar in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology (graduate level course).
  5. Select the grading option you want (if applicable).
  6. A page will appear describing the books and class materials you need to purchase.
  7. The next page that appears will prompt you to proceed with payment options and finalizing the registration process.

General course information discusses a course description, credits, fee information and materials needed. You may also access a preview of the course which includes an overview, sample lessons, grades and assessments.

Career Explorations

ESCP 2100 Career Explorations for College Students
ESCP 2100 Career Explorations: A Career Planning Course for Adults

This course will help college students and adults clarify interests, abilities, and work-related values and learn the skills necessary to make career decisions that will be the best fit. They will also assess barriers to their career planning. Students will also learn the skills necessary to research occupations and gain experience. Finally, they will develop the skills to pursue careers through resume writing , interviewing, and job searching strategies. This course will not tell students which major or career path to pursue; rather it will teach them the skills needed to make a satisfying decision. All lessons are graded by trained career planning professionals to give students helpful and informed feedback.

List of Textbooks and Materials:Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, William Bridges (NY: Addison-Wesley, 1980) and Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood, Marsha Sinetar (NY: Paulist Press, 1987). You will also need an instructional packet (required), which is available from the Center for Distance and Independent Study.

Grading: You will receive a grade of either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory for this course.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

How to Register:

  1. Go to the Mizzou Online website and click on Enroll Today.
  2. Scroll to the drop down menu and click “University” and acknowledge the terms of agreement to Continue.
  3. Use the drop down menu and select Education. If you are currently enrolled in any other CDIS course please checkmark the box and then click Continue.
  4. You will be prompted to select a course. From the drop down menu, scroll to either either 2100 Career Explorations for College Students (undergraduate course) OR 2100 Career Explorations: A Career Planning Course for Adults (graduate level course).
  5. You will then be prompted to purchase books and required materials for the class
  6. The next page that appears will prompt you to proceed with payment options and finalizing the registration process.

General course information discusses a course description, credits, fee information and materials needed. You may also access a preview of the course which includes an overview, sample lessons, grades and assessments.

Career Planning

Career Planning: One Half Unit

This course provides students with the tools to begin a lifelong career-planning process, which is needed in today's global workplace. Students will explore their interests, skills, values, and strengths which will help them identify possible career goals. They will explore career opportunities and learn about various careers that may interest them. Topics include job searching, completing job and college applications, writing a résumé, preparing for an interview, goal setting, and decision making. They will complete activities and exercises that will help them get to know themselves better as they develop their career goals.

List of Textbooks and Materials: There are no textbooks for this course. However, the student will take online inventories and surveys. While some are free of charge, the following assessments require a payment fee:

  • Access to Self-Directed Search (available for $5 with credit card, paid directly to the SDS Web site)
  • Access code to StrengthsQuest (available from Mizzou Online for a fee)
  • Registration code to e-INSIGHT Inventory (available from Mizzou Online for a fee)

Grading: You will receive a grade of either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory for this course.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course

How to Register:
I do not have the links for the revised Career Planning Course as it is not up yet. I think their target date for all that was June. I am attaching the Course Overview (syllabus) I sent to them but it will change I am sure (at least the presentation if not also some of the content).

  1. Go to the Mizzou Online website and click on Enroll Today.
  2. Scroll to the drop down menu and click “High School” and acknowledge the terms of agreement to Continue.
  3. Enter the name, address, city, state and zip code of your high school and select Continue.
  4. Use the drop down menu and select the subject area Personal Development.
  5. Select the appropriate course. On the drop down menu, highlight Career Planning: Charting Your Future, One Half Unit.
  6. You will then be prompted to purchase books and required materials for the class
  7. The next page that appears will prompt you to proceed with payment options and finalizing the registration process.

General course information discusses a course description, credits, fee information and materials needed. You may also access a preview of the course which includes an overview, sample lessons, grades and assessments.