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Counselling Applied to Teaching

The goal of this program is to enhance teachers' knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations, communication, interviewing, group organization and leadership, crisis intervention, and career thinking and planning. In each of these knowledge areas it addresses the recognition of situations when it is appropriate to make a referral to a personal or career counsellor, psychologist, or other professional. The program addresses both elementary and secondary education.

This graduate certificate does not qualify graduates to practice professional counselling or psychology (e.g., conducting psychological assessments or psychotherapy), or to refer to themselves by the term Counsellor or Psychologist: these are legally reserved titles. Programs leading to licensing as Counsellor or Psychologist are presented under Educational and Counselling Psychology (Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Child Psychology) or Psychology (Clinical Psychology) in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar.

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (some courses will be taken concurrently with Diploma and graduate students, therefore students must have demonstrated equivalent levels of accomplishment in their undergraduate studies).
  2. Certification as a teacher, a current teaching or student services position in a school or community organization serving children and adolescents, or other justification for admission to the program (in all cases the program reserves final discretion about the appropriateness of an alternative qualifications to a teaching certificate).
  3. A 3-5-page statement of experience working with children and adolescents, career aspirations, and reasons for seeking admission to this program.
  4. At least two letters of recommendation addressing academic ability, qualifications to working with children and adolescents in a helping role, and general character.
  5. TOEFL minimum score of 550 for non-Canadian students from countries where English is not the first language and who have not completed a recognized university degree taught in English.
  6. The Department reserves the right to request an interview of any applicant. Program Requirements

Courses

Required Course:

EDPC 542 Counselling Role of Teacher 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


EDPC 562 Career Education and Guidance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary Courses (9 credits from among the following):

EDPC 501 Helping Relationships 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 502 Group Processes&Individuals 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 504 Practicum:Interviewing Skills 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 505 Crisis Intervention Processes 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPC 507 Practicum:Grp Leadershp Skills 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EDPI 543 Family, School and Community 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Note: All complimentary courses listed here or other may be offered in alternate years.

Contact Information

Please contact dean [dot] thomson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dean Thomson) for more information.

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