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Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, Guidance & 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

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

This program does not fulfill the requirements for registration with the Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants


  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree.  Typically a 4 year program (20 full-year course equivalents), 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.
  • ​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.


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 are as follows:

  • 10 half-courses (5.0 FCE)
    • includes 250-hour practicum
  • ​Written Comprehensive Examination (to be completed at the end of the program)

Course List

Please see course descriptions linked here.

APD1202Y Theories & Techniques of Counselling  and Psychotherapy
APD1203Y+ Practicum I: Intervention in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (full-year course)
APD1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
APD1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychotherapy
Family Therapy
Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy
APD1262H Educational and Psychological Testing for Counselling
APD1266H* Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work
Graduate Level Elective Course (0.5 FCE) Chosen from any Master's level course at OISE or the University of Toronto (consultation with Faculty Advisor is required if the course is outside of OISE)

+Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

*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 APD1266 



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 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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MEd in Guidance and Counselling program. The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

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.