The University of Alberta Master’s Program in School Counselling aims to prepare trainees to implement individual, group, and class/school-based interventions to: (a) promote students’ personal and social development, (b) enhance students’ academic achievement, (c) facilitate students’ career decision-making, (d) engage in school-based crisis management, (e) coordinate linkages between families, the school and the community, and (f) identify students at risk for program development or referral purposes.
This program is specifically designed to support the professional development of teachers working in Edmonton and area schools (or schools in other regions that are within commuting distance to Edmonton) to take on school counsellor roles. The program is for teachers who are already employed full-time within these school systems and who have their principal’s or school board’s support in obtaining practicum experience as a counsellor trainee within their school/district.
Admission to the program is based on applicants meeting the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta, as well as the Department of Educational Psychology. Minimum admission requirements are:
- A four-year undergraduate degree in education from a recognized institution
- A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 6.5/9.0 on the most recent 60 credits of coursework completed
- Strong letters of reference from people who are very familiar with the applicant’s personal and interpersonal skills and the quality of work he/she has done in the school context, such as school principals, supervisors, or school consultants
- A letter from the school principal or school board indicating their commitment to supporting the applicant’s professional development by guaranteeing the applicant a practicum placement as a counsellor-trainee for one school day per week during the 2nd year of the program
- A letter from the practicum supervisor the applicant has secured for this school counselling placement guaranteeing supervisory support in the second year of the applicant’s program – the supervisor must have a Master’s degree in School Counselling or equivalent (i.e., a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology or School Psychology).
The courses in the School Counselling Master’s Program at the University of Alberta include:
- Educ. Psychology 532 Systems of Counselling
- Educ. Psychology 536 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychological Practice
- Educ. Psychology 597 Basic Skills, Issues and Attitudes in School Counselling
- Educ. Psychology 531 Developing an Effective School Counselling Program
- Educ. Psychology 597 Group-Based School Counselling
- Educ. Psychology 544 Principles of Psychological Testing & Assessment
- Educ. Psychology 597 Learning and Human Development
- Educ. Psychology 597 Research Methods for School Counsellors
- Educ. Psychology 550 School Counselling Practicum (Full Year)
- Educ. Psychology 903 Project and Capping Exercise in School Counselling
- 1 Option Course