Counselling Psychology

Program Overview

The Counselling Psychology program is offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), leading to the Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees.

There are three fields:

  1. Counselling and Psychotherapy (MEd, EdD)
  2. Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology​ (MEd)
  3. Guidance and Counselling (MEd)

In the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the MEd program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop counselling skills appropriate for a variety of work settings. Students are encouraged to develop their courses and practicum learning experiences to suit their own goals. Examples of the types of goals for which suitable programs of study could be developed are adult counselling and psychotherapy, college and university counselling centres, career counselling, geriatrics counselling, multicultural counselling, and community mental health and family life centres. 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) and as a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Counsellor training in the EdD program emphasizes the role of the counsellor in the educational system, the acquisition of effective supervisory and consultative skills, and the development and assessment of student counselling services in addition to the advanced study of counselling theory and practice. Graduates will be prepared to take leadership positions in the field of educational counselling; as educators in colleges and institutes of education; as directors and coordinators of school guidance programs; as specialists in the provision of counselling-related, in-service training for school personnel; and as providers of advanced levels of personal counselling to school, college, and related populations. This option will be especially attractive to individuals who have demonstrated a career commitment to the provision of counselling services in an educational and community setting.

In the field of Guidance and Counselling, the MEd program helps meet the need for well-prepared practitioners in the field of guidance and counselling in the schools. Therefore, strong preference for admission to this degree program 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.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application deadline MEd:

Fall 2024 entry

15-Nov-2023

MEd:

MEd (Counselling and Psychotherapy; Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology):

Fall 2024 entry

15-Nov-2023

 

Minimum admission average MEd:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

EdD:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s; A-minus average in Master’s

MEd:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

EdD:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s; A-minus average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? EdD:

No

EdD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? EdD:

After

EdD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? EdD:

No

EdD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? EdD:

Graduate Unit

EdD:

Graduate Unit

Are any standardized tests required/recommended? MEd:

NA

MEd:

NA


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