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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 Full-time registration available; part-time is very limited

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).

NOTE: This program is not funded.

Kim Jagtiani "Along with gaining the opportunity to join an outstanding academic faculty, I was intrigued by the diverse learning experience offered in our program. I was also drawn to the inclusive and caring school ethos and culture that encourages personal and professional growth."

- Kim Jagtiani, Class of 2021

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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.

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.


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

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2022 are now closed.

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

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.

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)
  • A response to the following guided questions:

    Please describe specific counselling-related work or volunteer activities that have prepared you for this program. Please explain how these experiences have informed your interest in becoming a helping professional.  (750 words max)

    (Optional) Is there any additional information you want to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application?  (1500 words max)

  • Upload Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Notes on Supplementary Material


  • Official university transcripts will be required to satisfy a conditional offer of admission.  These can be emailed to

Reference Letter

  • Please communicate these items to your practical/professional 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.

For the 2021/22 academic year, the annual tuition fee (not including incidental fees) are:

Domestic:  $10,070.00
International:  $39,620.00 (CAD).

The MEd degree is invoiced as a two-year, full-time program.  Program fees are subject to change.  

The MEd is a professional development graduate 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 Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Registration Specialist (MA, MEd students)

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

Program Coordinator: 
Todd Will

Program Chair: 
Lana Stermac