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Doctor of Education in Counselling Psychology
Counselling and 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 & online instruction available

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. Lana Stermac

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

Core Faculty:  Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos; Dr. Charles Chen; Dr. Abby Goldstein; Dr. Roy Gillis; 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

Program Details

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

Program start is September each year with no deferrals of admission granted.

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


Course Notes:

  • Summer courses available.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

  • 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.(please see more information on the SGS Calendar).
    • Students who have not done a master's thesis will be required to submit a Qualifying Research Paper (please see more info on the ORSS Website)
  • Successful professional experience as a counsellor in an educational setting or in a related position

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.


How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2022 are now open!

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Application Details


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

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Program Specific FAQ

Faculty Supervisors

See a list of which faculty are accepting students

Who's Accepting?

CP EdD Application Checklist

This checklist is intended to assist applicants with organizing their material prior to upload with theSchool 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 practical).
  • Upload a scanned copy of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy via the institution's student web service will suffice)
  • 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

Letters of Reference

  • Please communicate the following items to your referee and ask that (s)he comment on the following in your reference letter.
    • To the extent possible, please comment on the applicant’s 

      ·         Sensitivity to others

      ·         Awareness of own impact on others

      ·         Empathy and capacity to provide support to others

      ·         Ability to exercise appropriate judgment

      ·         Appropriateness of interpersonal behaviour

      ·         Ethically appropriate behaviour

      In your opinion, how suitable is this applicant for training in counselling?

Special Application Components

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.

More information is available on the ORSS Website


Collaborative Specializations (Optional)

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 Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy field 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.

Program Fees

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

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students


Contact Us

Program Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Anil Purandaré
Doctoral Registration Specialist (EdD & PhD)

If you are a current student, you may contact the program coordinator below, otherwise please email us at for your program inquiries.

Program Coordinator: 

Program Chair: 
Lana Stermac