Graduate Certificate in Counselling Applied to Teaching

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Please note: This program is closed for admission.


Does it seem like every day brings a new challenge or crisis to your classroom?

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Applied to Teaching (15 credits) is designed for teachers who face complex emotional, intellectual or psychological issues and possible crises on a daily basis in their classrooms. While this program does not train teachers to be certified counsellors, it does offer training which will allow them to acquire the skills to be able to recognize signs and behaviour which should be dealt with by a qualified trained professional in the counselling field. The program is administered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

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.

Primary audience

Certified teachers.


This Graduate Certificate in Counselling Applied to Teaching 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 Mcgill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar.


Application Deadlines


Application Deadline


May 1


September 1


January 1


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

1. Possess an undergraduate degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 (some courses will be taken concurrently with the diploma and graduate studies; therefore, students must have demonstrated equivalent levels of accomplishment in their undergraduate studies).

2. Have 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 alternative qualifications to a teaching certificate).

3. Provide a three- to five-page statement of experience working with children and adolescents, career aspirations, and reasons for seeking admission to this program.

4. Provide two letters of recommendation addressing academic ability, qualifications for working with children and adolescents in a helping role, and general character. Letters of reference must be sent directly by the referee from an institutional email address on official letterhead to [at]

5.   Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, students must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. For more information on test requirements, submission of scores, and possible exemptions, please see the Admission Regulations for Certificate Programs - Proof of Proficiency in English.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fact that the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Applied to Teaching is a part-time program, we are unable to accept any international applicants. 


McGill's online application form is available at Applications for admission must be submitted online.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be received before the application can be processed:

1.       An official transcript. Arrangements should be made to have the official transcript sent directly from the former educational institution.

2.       Two pieces of identification.

3.      Proof of age: Students 21 years of age and over, who do not have the normal academic background for admission, may be admitted as mature students. Two pieces of personal identification must be attached.

4.      TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, McGill SCS-TELP, McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture, or Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, or CEEN 421 and CEEN 422 with a minimum grade of B-, if your mother tongue is other than English.

For more information please see Proof of Proficiency in English.

Students who have completed both Secondary V and a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Quebec (DEC) are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $81.93 in Canadian or U.S. funds, payable by Visa or MasterCard, is required. This fee includes application for evaluation of transcripts for students requesting Advanced Standing in a program at the time of admission.

McGill's highly secured e-payment service minimizes cardholder risk. Your credit card information is passed instantly to the Moneris payment gateway and is not stored at McGill. Moneris handles 80% of all credit card transactions processed in Canada. McGill University cannot process online applications without a valid credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please call 514-398-6200 for assistance.


Tracking the Status of Your Application

A notice acknowledging receipt of your application to McGill University will be sent to the email address indicated on your application.

This acknowledgment notice will contain a McGill identification number and a PIN that you can subsequently use to log on to Minerva, McGill’s self-service web-based administrative system.

You will be able to check the status of your application, including the receipt of supporting documents, on Minerva.


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Tuition & fees

Visit the McGill Student Accounts' Continuing Studies Fees page. Information about application fees can be found on the Students Accounts website.


Courses & Timetables

• Time Limitation Policy: Students have 2 years to complete this certificate.

• Course Load: Students have the option to pursue this Certificate on a part‐time or full‐time basis and may register for up to 12 credits per term depending on course availability.

For a list of required and complementary courses being offered, please contact [at] (subject: Registration%20Graduate%20Certificate%20in%20Counselling%20Applied%20to%20Teaching)

IMPORTANT: Students must review the Calendar listing for an overall understanding of their program requirements. Please click on the following 'Courses' button.

McGill Course Calendar

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