Counselling (MEd Program)

Paul Siakaluk, Professor and Chair
Linda O’Neill, Associate Professor

The Counselling specialization is designed to prepare counsellors to provide professional services and leadership in counselling and psycho-educational programs offered in schools, post-secondary institutions, social service agencies, and community health organizations. Students have the opportunity to choose the type(s) of counselling they wish to focus upon, and to complete periods of supervised clinical practice in practicum settings that are relevant to their interests, based on availability. The specialization includes an integrated core of required courses, elective courses, and a thesis, project or comprehensive examination. Counselling students are required to complete eight required courses, three elective courses, and a comprehensive examination. Application can be made to the Department of Psychology to enter a thesis or project route after completion of at least 12 credit hours of coursework. If approved, the thesis route would consist of eight required courses, one elective, and the thesis, while a project route would consist of eight required courses, two electives, and a project.

Admission to the MEd Counselling specialization at the Prince George campus occurs each September; deadline for applications is December 15 of the prior year. Admission to the program at regional campuses does not normally occur each year and will vary in response to demand and resources.

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, priority will be given to those applicants applying for the MEd Counselling specialization who have (a) graduated with a Baccalaureate degree a minimum of two years prior to the admission date to which they are applying, and (b) obtained some paid or unpaid work experience in a helping capacity at a counselling-related or teaching-related setting since receiving their Baccalaureate degree.

Applicants are also required to submit a Curriculum Vitae or Résumé that indicates the number of hours in each employment or volunteer position. A list of any scholarships or publications should also be included.

Criminal Record Review

In addition to meeting the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, all applicants to the Education (MEd) Counselling program are required to submit a Criminal Record Check search prior to the first day of classes in their entry semester.

Domestic applicants must supply a Criminal Record Check search result after receiving an offer of admission and before the first day of classes; the search result is not required with the application. International applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check search result provided by their local police authority upon application, and will also be required to submit a British Columbia Criminal Record Check if offered admission. The Office of the Registrar will provide instructions to domestic and international applicants who have accepted offers of admission on how to complete a British Columbia Criminal Record Check.

Required Courses

EDUC 601-3 Educational Research Design and Methodology
EDUC 613-3 Interpersonal Counselling Skills
EDUC 711-3 Counselling Theory
EDUC 712-3 Counselling Practice
EDUC 714-3 Group Counselling Processes
EDUC 717-3 Ethics in Counselling
EDUC 719-6 Counselling Practicum
One of the following research courses is required; the other may be taken as elective credit:
EDUC 602-4 Quantitative Research Design and Data Analysis
EDUC 610-4 Qualitative Analysis in Education

Elective Courses
EDUC 603-4 Advanced Educational Research Data Analysis
EDUC 609-3 Aboriginal/Indigenous Learners: History, Culture, and Ways of Knowing
EDUC 618-3 Family Counselling
EDUC 619-3 Counselling for Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples
EDUC 633-3 Human Development: Implications for Education
EDUC 634-3 Achievement Motivation
EDUC 635-6 Educating Exceptional Students
EDUC 636-3 Language and Learning Disabilities
EDUC 692-3 Special Topics
EDUC 693-3 Directed Reading
EDUC 715-3 Career Counselling
EDUC 716-3 Clinical Counselling
EDUC 795-3 Research Seminar

Thesis, Project or Comprehensive Examination
EDUC 797-3 Comprehensive Examination
EDUC 798-6 MEd Project
EDUC 799-9 MEd Thesis
Updated: June 28, 2021