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Master of Education in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Program Length 2 years  full-time Career Path Become a certified counsellor 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 Part-time option available; In-class instruction only

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, mental health centres and private practice.

Program Chair: Dr. Lana Stermac

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

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 is a recognized education and training program in psychotherapy by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please see the CRPO website for additional information regarding registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists.

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).



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree.  This is typically a 4 year (20 full-year course equivalent) program, 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
    • The 1-year minimum is a guideline for the amount of experience we expect. We do not have the resources to approve or recommend a particular position or setting for interested applicants.
    • The admissions committee does not prefer consecutive over periodic experience, nor distinguish between part-time vs. full-time hours
    • Strong applicants to the MEd program have practical experience in a mental health environment, with adult populations, practicing or exposed to some of the counselling techniques and interventions as taught in the MEd curriculum.

    • In your statement of intent, identify where your practical skillsets, counselling exposure and professional development goals fit with the MEd program curriculum, perhaps by naming courses and/or models of therapy.  Your resume and professional reference letter should corroborate, and each would detail your locations of practice, client populations served, counselling interventions practiced, and time durations of each.

      This information will ensure that your professional focus is relevant and it would appear likely that you can be successfully placed in a practicum site within our program.



This is a 2-year program, full time.  Limited part-time spaces available (approx. a 4-year program duration, offered through day or evening courses).

Degree requirements for this program consist of:

  • 10 half-courses (5.0 FCE)
    • 3 required half-courses (1.5 FCE)
    • 2 required full-year courses (2.0 FCE)
    • 3 electives (1.5 FCE)
  • minimum 250 hours of practicum placement (requiring 1 or 2 days per week)

  • Comprehensive Exam (be completed at the end of the program)

The degree requirements must be completed within 3 years for full-time students, and 6 years for part-time.


APD1202Y  Theories and Techniques of Counselling (1.0 FCE)
APD1203Y  Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE)
APD1214H  Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling (prerequisite APD1202Y and co-requisite APD1203Y) (0.5 FCE)

Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology (0.5 FCE)




Family Therapy (0.5 FCE)


Group Work in Counselling (0.5 FCE)

(1.5 FCE)

Electives chosen from within the department of APHD (consultation with Faculty Advisor is required)

Recommended Elective:

APD1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work (0.5 FCE)


APD1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE)

Additional Practicum (replaces 1 elective)

*Students should select this course if they elect a two-day-per-week practicum in order to gain more practicum experience. Please consult with the Internship and Practicum Coordinator if doing so.  APD1247H counts for a course credit. Please contact Dr. Judy Silver (judy.silver@utoronto.ca) for more information about this course credit.



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 and Psychotherapy 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 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

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants


Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MEd in Counselling & Psychotherapy program. 
The next application window will open in late September 2018, close November 15 2018, for a program start September 2019.
The academic school year for this program begins only in September.   Deferrals of program start are not accommodated.

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies website.

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

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

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

    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



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:

$24, 560.28 for domestic students
$69, 444.28 for international students

The MEd is a professional development degree and does not provide a funding package.  As such, program fees are largely self-financed by the student.  Assistance is available via student loans and OISE need-based bursaries.