M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology

This scientist-practitioner degree prepares graduates to work as professional counsellors in community agencies and public institutions serving a diverse range of clientele. Counselling faculty draw from different theoretical orientations to expose students to current thinking in feminist-informed, cognitive-behavioral and existential practices with individuals, families and communities. The thesis requirement prepares graduates to be both consumers and producers of research. The 8-month internship with experienced counsellors in child and family services, schools, colleges and universities, as well as mental health and justice settings, prepares graduates for counselling practice in specialized areas of interest.

The M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology alone does not result in certification; however, many of our graduates independently become certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. The M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology degree may lead to entrance into advanced graduate work at the doctoral level in other institutions or faculties.

Please Note: Candidates wishing to work in public school settings as a guidance counsellor must hold a suitable teaching qualification.

Click here for the M.Ed. Counselling Psychology Program Handbook.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of the M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology work in a variety of community agencies. Graduates have continued their education in professional psychology at the doctoral level.


  • Thames Valley District School Board, London, ON
  • London Catholic School Board, London, ON
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, London, ON
  • Daya Counselling Services, London, ON
  • Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, Aurora, ON
  • Child Parent Resource Institute, London, ON
  • Fanshawe College Counselling Services, London, ON
  • Student Development Centre UWO, London, ON
  • UWO Student Success Centre:  Careers, Leadership and Experience, London, ON
  • Center for Children and Families in the Justice System, London, ON
  • Madame Vanier Children's Services, London, ON
  • Halton Family Services, Oakville, ON
  • Canada World Youth, Montreal, QC
  • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB
  • Changing Ways, London, ON
  • Huntington Society of Canada- London and Area, ON
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex, ON
  • London Abused Women's Centre, London, ON
  • University of Toronto, ON
  • University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • King's University College, London, ON
  • McGill University, Montreal, QC
  • Seneca College, Toronto, ON
  • Humber College, Toronto, ON
  • Rapport Youth and Family Services, Brampton, ON
  • East Metro Youth Services, Toronto, ON
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
  • Peel Board Of Education, Mississauga, ON
  • Toronto Board Of Education, ON
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, ON
  • Centre for Prevention Research, CAMH, Toronto, ON

Doctoral Studies

  • U of Western Ontario 
  • U of Alberta
  • U of Toronto
  • U of Calgary
  • U of North Dakota
  • U of Ottawa

Faculty Research

Prospective students are not required to secure a Thesis Supervisor at the time of application; however, one of the criteria taken into account in the admissions process is the potential to work with a faculty member in the Faculty of Education who researches in a student's area of interest. Students are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists.

Faculty conducting research in the area of Counselling Psychology:

Rodger, Ph.D.

Susan Rodger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
FEB 1109
519.661.2111 x 88605
Leschied, Ph.D.

Alan Leschied, Ph.D.

FEB 1108
519.661.2111 x 88628
Jaffe, Ph.D.

Peter Jaffe, Ph.D.

FEB 1118
519.661.2018 x 82018
Brown, Ph.D.

Jason Brown, Ph.D.

FEB 1110
519.661.2111 x 88617

Study Routes

Maintenance of a B average is required throughout the program. All students in this program are enrolled in the thesis-based route of study.

  • Nine half-courses;
  • ED9549 (Internship); and
  • ED9590 Master's Thesis.

The program requires all students to be actively involved in research in counselling psychology.

At the time of admission, students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will guide them through course and program planning. Faculty will guide students through the thesis process. For more information about securing a Thesis Supervisor, please see the MEd Thesis Guide and the Program Policies web page.

See below for more information on ED9549 Internship.

Full-time/Part-time Study

Full-time students:
Students attending full-time will normally complete the program in five consecutive semesters beginning in September. The first three semesters are devoted to course work and thesis proposal, with the remaining two semesters constituting the Internship plus writing and defense of thesis.

Part-Time students:
The program offers part-time study for a limited number of students each year. Applicants for part-time admission must be available to attend courses scheduled during day-time hours. Students attending part-time will normally complete the program in ten consecutive semesters (just over three years) beginning in September.

Typical Program of Study

The following is a typical itinerary for a full-time student:

Fall Term 1
(Sept - Dec)
9544 Theories of Counselling Psychology (6-credit hours)
9545 Practicum in Counselling
9546 Research Design in Counselling
Winter Term 2
(Jan - Apr)
9542 Assessment in Career and Counselling Psychology
9543 Systemic Practice
9547 Counselling Interventions and Community Mental Health
9553 Cross-Cultural Counselling
9590 Thesis (Writing of the proposal)
Summer Term 1
(May - Aug)
9552 Counselling for Career Development and Life Transitions
Fall Term 2
(Sept - Dec)
9549 Internship in Counselling
9550 Ethics and Human Development
9590 Thesis
Winter Term 2
(Jan - Apr)
9549 Internship in Counselling
9590 Thesis


Scheduling of Courses

Fall Term: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon 9:00 am - 12:00 noon (each course meets one morning per week for 12 weeks)

Winter Term: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:30-4:30 pm (each course meets one morning or afternoon per week for 12 weeks)

Summer Term (Intersession): 9:00 am -12:00 noon (course meets two mornings per week for 6 weeks)

1-Year Plan of Course Offerings

Course Descriptions


ED9549. Internship in Counselling. For counselling interns, who have completed the major part of their course work, to study cases, examine current problems and apply theory.

Prerequisite: completion of core courses or equivalent

Full course; two terms. Offered: Every Fall & Winter Term

Education 9549 involves a supervised Internship placement in counselling activities on at least a half-time basis over at least 8 continuous months of the academic year (namely September through April). Most students complete this requirement by working three days a week on-site for approximately 21 hours a week for 26 weeks (a minimum of 550 supervised hours on site) as well as one day of independent study off-site related to client issues.

The placement must be supervised by professional counselors in accordance with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association guidelines. If the student plans to be employed with his/her current employer during the internship year, the student must arrange for both individual and group counselling activities to a minimum of half-time. Specific arrangements for the internship are made during the Winter term of the first year in the program.