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Doctor of Education in Counselling Psychology (Counselling & Psychotherapy Field)

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Program Length 4 years full-time  Career Path Career in leadership positions in educational counselling Program Requirements 11 half-courses (including practicum and internship), a thesis and oral examination Program Highlight 500-hour Practicum and 500-hour Internship Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery In-class instruction only

Through intensive coursework and supervised practicum, this program provides practicing professionals with the advanced knowledge and skills for work in leadership positions in counselling practice in educational settings.

Program Chair:  Dr. Roy Moodley

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

Core Faculty:  Dr. Charles Chen; Dr. Abby Goldstein; Dr. Roy Gillis; Dr. Marg Schneider; Dr. Lana Stermac; Dr. Jeanne Watson

The Doctor of Education in Counselling Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy Field (EdD CP) is primarily for students who are already engaged in a career in counselling services in an educational and/or community setting. 

This degree emphasizes the role of counsellor in the educational system, the acquisition of effective supervisory and consultative skills, the development and assessment of student counselling services, and the advanced study of counselling theory and practice. 

Graduates of this degree will be qualified to:

  • Take leadership positions in the field of educational counselling
  • Act as educators in colleges and institutes of education
  • Be directors and coordinators of school guidance programs
  • Be specialists in the provision of counselling-related, in-service training for school personnel
  • Act as providers of advanced levels of personal counselling to school, college, and related populations


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

  • An appropriate 4-year bachelor’s degree of any major or discipline from a recognized university, with standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year or over senior courses
  • A master’s degree in counselling from the University of Toronto with a standing of B+ or better, or its equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Eligible Degrees:
    • Master of Arts – Clinical and Counselling Psychology
    • Master of Education – Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • Master of Education – Guidance and Counselling
  • Successful professional experience as a counsellor in an educational setting or in a related position
  • Paid work experience or volunteer experience in a variety of contexts can meet this requirement. Viable institutions in which to gain experience include working or volunteering with include distress centres, shelters, helplines, hospices, clinics and specialized community programs and networks.
    • Working in commercial settings such as businesses, banks, travel agencies, etc. would not be considered relevant, even though the work might involve contact with the public.


  • Students who have not done a master's thesis will be required to submit a Qualifying Research Paper. See more info under "Apply"



This EdD program is a 4-year program for full-time students. It is possible to complete the degree in 3 years. 

Degree requirements consist of:

  • 11 half-courses (5.5 FCE), including
    • 500-hour practicum
    • 500-hour internship
  • A Dissertation-in-Practice and Oral Defence

​All degree requirements must be completed in a maximum of 6 years.

Required Courses

APD3115H – Pro-Seminar in Counselling and Psychotherapy

APD3160H – Advanced Family Therapy OR APD3178H Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

APD3163H – Advanced Multicultural Issues in Counselling 

APD3202H – A Foundation of Program Evaluation; OR APD 3228H Mixed Methods Research Design

APD3215H – Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar

APD3217Y – Advanced Practicum in Counselling and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE)

APD3260H – Psychodiagnostic Systems OR Elective Option

APD3271H – Additional Doctoral Practicum (Supervision Practice)

Elective option - (0.5 FCE)

APD3270H – EdD Internship


  • Summer courses available.
  • Please see the Registrar's Office for course descriptions.
  • For students interested in increasing the course load to complete the degree in 3 years, a possible course plan for this option can be found here.
  • Additional requirements will be added to your program if you do not meet the pre-requisites equivalent to the University of Toronto MEd in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Please consult with the Program Chair or your faculty advisor if you are unsure about the suitability or process of registering for these courses.


Collaborative Specializations provide students with a the opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines. 


Collaborative specializations are available with the EdD in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the following areas:

Aboriginal Health

  • For students interested in Aboriginal Health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations

Aging, Palliative Care and Supportive Care Across the Lifespan 

  • Prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course

Sexual Diversity Studies

  • For students to engage in questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences.

Women and Gender Studies

  • Provides a rich interdisciplinary environment in which students can grapple with how gender and sexuality are tangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, violence, and other pressing concerns.


See: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants


Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year in our EdD in Counselling & Psychotherapy program. Please see the ORSS website for updated closing dates as they become available.

The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies website.

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The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Application Checklist

This checklist is intended to assist applicants with organizing their material prior to upload with the School of Graduate Studies website.

  • Complete biographical data and program selection fields. Note: program selection will be provided through pull-down menus.
  • Payment of application fee through credit card or money order.  Note: program choice cannot be revised once the fee is submitted.
  • Email contact for two referees (preferrably one academic and one professional)
  • Upload a scanned copy of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy via the institution's student web service will suffice)
  • Upload Statement of Intent (1000 to 1500 words, approx)
  • Upload Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    Supplementary Material
  • Submission of transcripts, official and sealed, from each and every university attended. Where possible, it is preferrable that applicants receive transcripts directly from the institutions and submit one package with all transcripts to the address below. Transcripts may be mailed or hand delivered.
  • Transcripts  should be received within two weeks of the application deadline to avoid processing delays.

    OISE Registrar's Office, Graduate Studies Admissions Unit
    252 Bloor St. West, 8th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5S 1V6


In addition to the standard application process, students who completed a master’s degree that did not require a thesis must submit a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP)

  • This paper provides evidence of the ability to identify a research or development program, to design and conduct a study or project, and to report the findings or results in a rigorous manner.

  • The QRP is not required prior to being accepted into the Doctoral Program, but acceptance will be conditional upon it’s suitability. It must be completed before the beginning of classes and approved by members of the departmental admission committee.
  • The QRP requirement can be fulfilled by submitting individually-authored research that the applicant has conducted previously, often as part of work responsibilities. Alternatively, applicants can submit a fully-documented research proposal (supervised by an assigned faculty member in the counselling program) which demonstrates the ability to conceptualize and plan a research project.
  • QRP Guidelines (pdf)



Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

Fees for Domestic Students


Fees for International Students

Questions? Contact the EdD-CP program liaison, Todd Will: todd.will@utoronto.ca