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Master of Education in Counselling Psychology
Counselling & Psychotherapy Field

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Program Length 2 years  full-time Career Path Become a certified counsellor or registered psychotherapist Program Requirements 10 half-courses;
250 hours of practicum; comprehensive exam
Program Highlight Both day and evening classes available Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Only full-time registration available (for Fall 2021 intake)

Our Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy field, is a course-based professional development program providing the theoretical and practical skillsets for licensure as a registered psychotherapist in a variety of settings, such as non-profit agencies, post-secondary schools, mental health centres and private practice.

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. Roy Moodley; Dr. Lana StermacDr. Jeanne Watson

Students will be encouraged to develop their courses and practicum learning experiences to suit their own goals. Examples of the type of goals for which suitable programs of study are:

  • adult counselling
  • college and university counselling centres
  • career counselling
  • geriatrics counselling
  • multicultural counselling
  • community mental health and family life centres

Professional Certification:

The MEd in Counselling Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy field, is a recognized education and training program in psychotherapy by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Please see the CRPO website for additional information regarding registration.

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).


Program Details

Our Master of Education, Counselling and Psychotherapy, is a course-based professional development program providing the theoretical and practical skillsets for licensure as a registered psychotherapist in a variety of settings, such as non-profit agencies, post-secondary schools, health centres and private practice. 

The program will provide training in interventions and techniques for non-severe social and personality disorders in both individual and group settings.

The MEd program is offered entirely in-class and all students must live within a commutable distance to OISE.   Only full-time registration is available for the Fall 2021 cohort (part-time option is temporarily suspended).

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

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 a list of degeree course requirements, visit the Current Students page under Course Plan.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

  • A 4 year bachelor’s degree of any major or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.
  • At least 1 year relevant experience
    • Important information on this requirement can be found here.


How to Apply

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed.

The next application window will open late September 2020, close November 16th, for a program start date of September 2021. Deferrals of start date are not accommodated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Application Instructions

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

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

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) websiteYou are also able to view your application status from there.

MEd CP 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

Notes on 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

Reference Letter

  • Please communicate these 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?

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 MEd in Counselling Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy field in the following areas:

Aging, Palliative Care and Supportive Care Across the Life Course 

  • 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

Community Development

  • Focuses on working with community members and groups to effect positive change in the social, economic, organizational, or physical structures of a community

Indigenous Health

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

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.

Annual Fees for Domestic Students

Annual Fees for International Students


The MEd degree is invoiced as a two-year program.  Program fees are subject to change.  Currently, the total program cost, including incidental fees (not materials), is:

$23,421.18 for domestic students
$76,413.80 for international students

The MEd is a professional development degree and does not provide for a funding package, nor are students eligible for most provincial/federal awards.  As such, program fees are largely self-financed by the student.  Assistance is available via student loans (eg. OSAP) and smaller OISE need-based bursaries.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: 
Todd Will

Program Chair: 
Lana Stermac


ORSS Contact:
Heather Haslett

Registration Specialist (MA, MEd students)