2021-2022 Catalog

School Counselling, Master of Education - Canada

Employing a practitioner-scholar model, the MEd School Counselling program trains teachers for career options in educational counselling.  Students are introduced to a broad range of counselling theoretical concepts, developmental, ethical considerations and the application of skills that are required in the school setting through a breadth of course work, delivered by practitioner faculty. Supported internships allow students to focus on skills that benefit their professional responsibilities as well as challenge their growth in counselling skills. A made-in-Canada curriculum and the use of local teaching faculty ensure the program incorporates local school district, regional, and provincial contexts. Graduates of the MEd School Counselling program will be able to apply for school counselling positions. The program qualifies for registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors enabling graduates to work in the community as Registered Clinical Counsellors. 

Program Outcomes

This program will prepare students to:

Contextualize education to develop relevance for academic learning through career education and personal planning including guidance for individual student’s options and the facilitating of career options.

Develop counselling skills appropriate for school based practice for individual, group counselling as well as communication and counselling skills to collaborate at an interdisciplinary level within the school and community and to advocate for each student.

Use a variety of multi-dimensional assessment tools to inform decision making and planning for individual student growth and success.

Develop professional ethics to include knowledge of legislation and accountability structures.

Apply background in human development to facilitate maximizing learning opportunities for students, families and staff.

Understand and respect human diversity within cultural contexts and responsibilities.

Use research methods and relevant data to make effective decisions for school counselling program improvement plans and to inform own practice.

Understand and develop a professional identity as a school counsellor, gain awareness of own strengths and limitations, and make decisions based on legal and ethical issues within accountability structures.

Admission Requirements

In addition to City University of Seattle's graduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, students in the Master of Education School Counselling program must have bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher for program admission.  Prior to beginning program coursework, admitted applicants who do not have undergraduate degrees that include coursework in interviewing and counselling skills will be required to complete City University of Seattle's PSY 421 Interviewing and Counselling Skills course or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary institution. The prerequisite is not required prior to application to the program.

Total Required Credits (52 Credits)

Graduate Foundation Core (5 Credits)

ECC 501Introduction to Research Skills

2

ECC 512Research Methods for School Counsellors

3

School Leadership and Counselling Core (15 Credits)

ECC 520Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counselling

3

ECC 522Skills and Approaches in School Counselling

3

ECC 640Advanced Issues in School Counselling

3

ECC 646Critical Approaches to Diversity in School Counselling

3

ECC 648Family Systems Theory and Practice

3

School Counselling Emphasis (18 Credits)

EGC 530Individual Counselling Theory and Practice

3

EGC 533Child and Adolescent Growth and Development

3

EGC 536Group Counselling and Management

3

EGC 539Mental Health Issues in Schools

3

EGC 542Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling

3

EGC 545Career Counselling and Information Services

3

Internship Courses (11 Credits)

ECC 601Counselling Field Experience

1

ECC 602Counselling Practicum

2

EGC 605Internship I

2

EGC 607Internship II

3

EGC 609School Counselling Internships

3

Project (3 Credits)

EGC 640Project in School Counselling and Presentation

3

Exit Requirement

EGC 611School Counselling Internship Portfolio

0

EGC 650School Counselling Comprehensive Examination

0