Counselling Psychology MEd; Field: Guidance and Counselling

Master of Education

Program Description

The field in Guidance and Counselling, within the Counselling Psychology MEd degree program, provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop skills appropriate for the field of guidance and counselling in the schools. Strong preference for admission to this field is given to experienced teachers who are interested in specializing in guidance and counselling in the schools. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

The MEd program is typically offered on a full-time basis with a limited number of part-time spots available.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • Teacher certification.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • APD1202Y Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE).

    • APD1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE). The practicum placement is the supervised training component of this course.

    • APD1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE; prerequisite: APD1202Y and co-requisite: APD1203Y+).

    • APD1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD1260H Family Therapy (0.5 FCE) or APD1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD1262H Educational Psychological Testing for Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in electives.

  • A comprehensive examination. Upon completion of program course requirements, students will take a comprehensive examination of selected topics from the program curriculum and training.

  • Optional additional practicum. Students may choose to complete a practicum (APD1247H Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy) for an additional 250 hours of field placement concurrent with the required course APD1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. Arrangements for the practicum placement must be made in consultation with and the approval of the Director of Clinical Training.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.