Educational Planning

Your educational plan is a step-by-step guide that will help you manage your time and expenses while you’re at DVC. It will be your roadmap to: 

  • Which courses you need to take.
  • The order you need to take them in.
  • How soon you’ll be able to reach your goals. 

Completion of an educational plan will satisfy one of the three steps (placement, orientation, and educational planning) needed to qualify for an earlier registration date. This means you'll have a better chance of getting the classes you want before they fill up.

New students develop a two-term educational plan in our Counseling 095 (COUNS 096 for athletes) class that is taught by an academic counselor. The online or in-person course will teach you how to:  

  • Choose your classes.
  • Understand your costs and apply for financial aid.
  • Find and take advantage of the programs and support services around campus.
  • Use the catalog and class schedule.
  • Know the difference between certificates of achievement, associate degrees, and transfer tracks. 
  • Use important technology tools like the student portal and our online learning platforms.

Register for COUNS 095/096 

To register, log in to InSite. On the searchable schedule, search for Diablo Valley College and look for COUNS 095/096 under courses. If you need help registering for Couns 095/096, visit our 'How To Center' for instructions on How to register for classes online

Math and English placement 

Be sure to complete your math and English placements before your Couns 095/096 class meets! You’ll need those to build your educational plan. 

What’s next? 

We recommend that you meet with a counselor during fall term (and every term after) to complete your educational plan beyond what you will map out during COUNS 095/096.