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Counselling and Psychotherapy Field



Internship and Practica Sites 
Student Practicum and Internship Evaluation Form (all CP progams)
Counselling & Psychotherapy Practicum Handbook (MEd & EdD)


Guidelines for Thesis and Doctoral Final Oral Exams (pdf)
Ethical Review
OISE e-thesis Guide (pdf)
Doctoral Final Oral Exam (pdf) 
Nomination (pdf)
Thesis Supervision Approval Form (pdf)


All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office and course listings page.


For students entering the EdD program 2017-18 and prior:

This is a 5-year program (full-time) or 7-year program for part-time students.

All students (including part-time) must complete a minimum of 1 year full-time, on-campus study.

Degree requirements consist of:

  • 9 half-courses (4.5 FCE), including
    • 500-hour practicum
    • 500-hour internship
  • 2 electives (1.0 FCE)
  • Thesis and Oral Defence

​All degree requirements must be completed in a maximum of 6 years (for both full- and part-time students).

Recommended Course of Study:


Course or Activity
EdD 1 

APD3260H: Psychodiagnostic Systems


Elective Option

  APD3163H: Advanced Multicultural Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

APD3215H: Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar

  APD3115H: Pro-Seminar in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  Elective Option
EdD 2

APD3202H: A Foundation of Program Evaluation


APD3228H: Mixed Methods Research Design

  APD3217Y: Advanced Practicum in Counselling and Psychotherapy 

APD3160H: Advanced Family Therapy 


APD3178H: Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

EdD 3 APD3261H: Clinical Supervision and Consultation Practicum

APD3270H: EdD Internship


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.


By March 31st of each year, every EdD student in the Counselling and Psychotherapy field must complete the Annual Doctoral Student Monitoring Form.

Using the form, students report on their academic and clinical progress, and their thesis progress in collaboration with their Faculty Advisor.

The Faculty Advisor will:

  • provide feedback to the student
  • comment on progress on thesis
  • comment on professional development throughout the year


Following receipt of this form, the Clinical Progress Review Committee reviews the progress of every student in the program. The data for this review include:

  • grades
  • comprehensive examinations
  • clinical portfolios
  • progress on theses

Problems that have been identified with specific students are brought to the attention of CCPPC and discussed, and a plan of action determined. Students whose performance is unsatisfactory meet with their advisor to discuss the concerns and remedial action. The student’s supervisor is designated to coordinate the action plan and to report back to CCPPC. At any time during the year, any faculty member may bring concerns about a student’s progress to the attention of CCPPC for review and discussion.



A mentorship model, which emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills through professional relationships, is practiced in the Counselling and Psychotherapy field with our EdD students. 

A faculty member who shares their area of research and scholarly interest and agrees to function as a program supervisor initially sponsors students into the program. This advisory relationship assumes importance in the following ways:

  • helps students decide upon their areas of professional specialization
  • supports students in developing thesis topics
  • students can become involved in their supervisor's research via research groups or graduate research assistantships
  • collaboration between student and faculty in presenting papers at conferences and writing papers for publication
  • ongoing mentorship following the program 
  • collaborative research post-graduation
  • faculty is a professional model of attitudes essential for life-long learning, scholarly inquiry and professional problem solving.


All practicum and internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Judy Silver. Information about specific practica and internship placements can be found on the APHD website.

EdD students may complete their practica in their first or second year of study. EdD students are encouraged to consult the Coordinator as soon as possible after receiving their offer of admission to determine the best timing for their practicum placement. When planning their course schedules, part-time students should note that the counselling practicum requires one to two week days per week at the practicum site.


Supervisors in conjunction with their students fill out a formal evaluation form mid-way through and at the end of the placement.

  • The first evaluation serves as a vehicle for a formal discussion of students' progress. The students and supervisors, in a face-to-face meeting, evaluate what has occurred to date, identify areas of concern (if any), and set goals for the remainder of the placements.
  • The second evaluation is kept as a formal record of students' satisfactory completion of the field placement.

These evaluations record the log of activities that occurred in the placement and the amount of time spent on each activity. Students are evaluated on a range of dimensions reflecting professional competence.  


Students in the EdD must develop, complete, and defend a Doctoral dissertation in an oral examination. 


The content of the dissertation research may address theoretical issues applicable to counselling and psychotherapy 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 and psychotherapy.

  • All Doctoral theses must be supervised by a full-time faculty member of the Counselling Psychology or Counselling and Clinical Psychology programs. 
  • EdD students must complete their doctoral proposal by the end of their third year of studies. Please be in contact with your doctoral supervisor regarding this deadline.

Further detailed information and guidelines about the responsibilities of faculty supervisors, graduate students and graduate departments can be found in the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies publication “Graduate Supervision: Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Administrators


A thesis in the EdD program is examined by the student’s thesis committee through the oral examination process. 


Students are required to consult the OISE Guidelines to Theses and Orals. 

Normally, there are eight major steps to completing a thesis:

1. Review of OISE Guidelines for Theses and Orals

2. Establishment of a thesis topic

3. Selection of a thesis supervisor (normally the student’s Faculty Advisor)

4. Formation of a thesis committee (form to be completed)

5. Ethical review, if required (forms to be completed)

6. Thesis proposal approval (form to be completed)

7. Thesis work

8. Final thesis approval and submission (form to be completed)

When preparing a thesis, a student works in consultation with his/her thesis supervisor until a committee is formed and, after that, with his/her thesis committee. The EdD thesis committee should be formed by the end of the second year. 

The student and the thesis committee members must complete a thesis approval form and an ethical review before any data collection commences.


EdD Final Oral Examination 

Planning for the final oral exam must be undertaken at least 10 weeks in advance of the actual examination.

Once a student’s thesis is in its final form and has been approved by the thesis committee, the final oral exam is scheduled. A student defends his/her thesis at an examination conducted by a Final Oral Exam Committee. 

The student’s thesis committee recommends the thesis for the final oral exam. It is this exam that will determine whether or not a student may be recommended for his/her degree.

The Oral Examination Nomination Form and timetables are available from the Registrar’s Office. The specific procedures for establishing a final oral examination are detailed and students should carefully review the Guidelines for Theses and Orals and consult with their Faculty Advisor to fully understand the process of scheduling and completing the Final Oral Exam.



Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national bilingual association providing professional counsellors and psychotherapists with access to exclusive educational programs, certification, professional development and direct contact with professional peers and specialty groups.

In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members: Canadian Certified Counsellors: A National Certification Program for Professional Counsellors. The counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors who CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct. 

Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

The practice of psychotherapy and the professional designation of psychotherapist are now legally defined terms and are in the process of being regulated in the province of Ontario. The scope of practice of psychotherapy is defined as “the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based on verbal or non-verbal communication."

The transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is the governing body of a new health regulatory college, currently under development in Ontario. The College will be established under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).

Instructions and procedures for those who wish to be registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario can be found at http://www.crpo.ca/home/info-for-applicants/