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Master of Education in Counselling Psychology
Guidance and Counselling Field

Students outside of OISE

Program Length 2 years  full-time Career Path In-school guidance and counselling practitioner Program Requirements 10 half-courses; written comprehensive examination; 250-hour practicum Program Highlight designed for experienced teachers who are currently practicing Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Part-time option available; In-class instruction only


The Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, Guidance and Counselling field (MEd GC) Program is primarily for experienced teachers who wish to specialize in guidance and counselling in schools.

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. Marg Schneider; Dr. Lana StermacDr. Jeanne Watson

This program provides students with the basic academic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Program Details

The MEd program is offered entirely in-class and all students must live within a commutable distance to OISE.   Full-time and limited part-time spots are available.

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

Course Note:
With the prior permission of the course instructor, an MEd student in the Guidance stream may complete APD1268 Career Counselling & Development: Transitions in Adulthood as a replacement course for APD1266H: Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School ot Work. 

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree in any major or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.
  • ​Teacher Certification, including the completion of a BEd program at the intermediate/senior teaching level.
    • This program is designed for experienced professionals who are interested in specializing in guidance and counselling in secondary schools.

How to Apply

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

September is the only start date for graduate programs at OISE.
Deferrals of start date are not accommodated.


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 Guidance & Counselling 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

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, Guidance and Counselling field in the following areas:

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

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:

$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.