Welcome to Educational Planning!

If you have a Counseling 20 packet, Blank Ed Plan Forms are available for your use.

Also, here are two additional versions of the Ed Plan Form:

Microsoft Word DocumentBlank Ed Plan Form (Word-enter text into the document)

PDF FileBlank Ed Plan Form (PDF-complete the document by hand)

Helpful Documents

These documents may help you complete your ed plan:

Questions? Be sure to ask your instructor!


The Basics

What does Educational Planning mean?

  • For this assignment, it means identifying and then planning out the SMC classes you'll need to reach your educational goal.
  • In other words:
    • Which SMC courses do you need for your goal?
    • In what order do you take them?

Educational planning can be important for your future. Planning the classes you need for a Certificate of Achievement, Department Certificate, AA Degree or Transfer can help motivate you and get you to your goals with more direction.

For this assignment, you will:

  1. Identify the SMC courses needed for your educational goal
  2. Identify any prerequisite courses required (a prerequisite is a course needed before taking the next course. Ex.: Spanish 1 is the prerequisite for Spanish 2
  3. Plan your courses for two future terms
  4. Meet with a counselor* who will check your plan to be sure it's correct and sign the final corrected plan. This step is not required for all classes--check with your instructor.

How to Complete Your Ed Plan Form

  1. Select ONE Educational Goal below.
  2. Then, read ALL of the mini-lectures for that goal. (Don't worry! Most are short!)

The mini-lectures will:

  • Give you the information YOU needed about eduational planning.
  • Guide you through filling out your Ed Plan Form, section by section.

Select One Educational Goal


To learn even more about how to complete your Ed Plan form, click on the following links:

  1. Part I: Collect Information
  2. Part II: Complete the Ed Plan Form
  3. Part III: Meet with a Counselor

For individual assistance with your Ed Planning Assignment, see a Counseling 20 Peer Mentor!