Counselling Psychology Degree Programs
There are two fields in the Counselling Psychology Program:
- Counselling & Psychotherapy (MEd, EdD)
- Guidance & Counselling (MEd)
The MEd and EdD programs are designed for students interested in a variety of positions in education and in the community and in professional positions in agencies offering counselling and psychotherapy services. These programs can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. However, the EdD program requires one year of full-time study. Please see the School of Graduate Studies Calendar for regulations about part-time and full-time study.
Normally, a full-time course load consists of three half-courses in each of the Fall and Winter sessions. A limited number of courses are offered in the Summer session. Courses for the upcoming academic year (including Summer courses) are posted in April. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the prerequisites and current requirements of their program. This may be done in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, Dr Judy Silver. Students should also consult the OISE Bulletin and the School of Graduate Studies Calendar for more information.
All practicum and internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Judy Silver. When planning their course schedules, part-time students should note that the counselling practicum requires one or two week days per week on site MEd students are encouraged to consult Dr. Silver during the Fall of their first year to make arrangements for practicum placements in their second year. EdD students may complete their practica in their first or second year of study. EdD students are encouraged to consult the Director of Clinical Training as soon as possible after receiving their offer of admission to determine the best timing for their practicum placement.
MEd Minimum Admission Requirements
- An appropriate bachelor’s degree of any background or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.
- At least one year of relevant experience.
MEd Program Requirements
- Both MEd degrees require 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) plus a comprehensive examination.
- The 3.0 FCEs include courses in counselling, group theory, ethics, and a practicum.
- Arrangements regarding a practicum placement must be made in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training.
Normal Program Length: 5 sessions full-time; 10 sessions part-time
Time Limit: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
EdD Minimum Admission Requirements
- Students must have the following to be admitted to the EdD program:
- A bachelor’s degree: an appropriate bachelor’s degree of any background or discipline from a recognized university, with high academic standing.
- A master’s degree: an MA or MEd degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto with a grade of B+ or better, or its equivalent from a recognized university. The applicant must have had successful professional experience as a counsellor in an educational setting or in a related position. Applicants who hold an MEd or other non-thesis master’s degree must submit evidence of their ability to identify a research or development problem, to design and conduct a study or project, and to report the findings or results, all in a rigorous manner. This constitutes a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP).
EdD Program Requirements
- All students are required to take courses related to the development of competence in counselling theory and practice and to the development of research skills.
- The EdD program requires a minimum of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including practicum and internship, and a doctoral dissertation.
- 3.0 of the 4.0 FCEs must be in Counselling Psychology.
- Each student must complete a minimum of one year of full-time, on-campus study.
- Practicum: complete a 500-hour practicum in conjunction with the doctoral practicum course APD 3217Y.
- Internship: complete 500 hours of internship (APD 3270H). All internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training.
- Thesis: all students must develop, complete, and defend in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination a doctoral dissertation. The content of such dissertation research may address theoretical issues applicable to counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development of programs in a variety of educational or applied settings, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of counselling psychology.
- The EdD may be taken on a part-time basis.
Normal Program Length: 5 years full-time
Time Limit: 6 years full-time; 6 years part-time