The Master of Education (Counselling Psychology)

Important Notice:

The counseling psychology program has been undergoing revisions in an effort to improve the program and to provide additional experiential components. The program is expected to be more comprehensive and longer to accommodate additional courses, and a special program fee will be applied to the program to reflect these changes. We anticipate the new program will start in the Fall 2023 Semester, and we appreciate your patience as we thoroughly review the program to ensure that the educational outcomes and the quality of the student experience meet the high standards that is expected of the programs offered by the Faculty of Education, Memorial University.


About the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology

This program prepares highly knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated and ethical professional practitioners to assist individuals throughout their lifespan and to effectively practice within a variety of settings.

It is a blended program which will require attendance on campus for a minimum of two semesters with the potential of more depending on the electives chosen.

The Counselling Psychology faculty promotes counselling as an effective, viable means of assisting individuals throughout their lifespan. The counsellor, regardless of their theoretical stance or work setting, functions as a change agent who is sensitive to and knowledgeable about the range of human development reflected in individual differences and in cultural and linguistic diversity. Effective and positive change is brought about by assisting clients to: examine and modify their behaviour for more effective living; cope with, adjust to, or otherwise negotiate the environments affecting their psychosocial well-being; and effect change in the larger society.

The practice of Counselling Psychology is based on theory and research, an understanding of ethical practices, and a set of professional and interpersonal skills. It is essential that graduate students study a variety of conceptual frameworks and research findings as preparation for collaborative work with other helping professionals, para-professionals and self-help groups.

The program provides a broad-based sequence of studies and supervised experiences that will prepare graduate students to be knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can function in a variety of settings. Upon completion of this program, students will have acquired knowledge and competencies in the following general areas:

  • individual and group counselling theory and techniques
  • legal and ethical aspects of counselling
  • human development and learning
  • social, cultural, and linguistic diversity
  • career education and counselling
  • program development and implementation
  • measurement and appraisal
  • research and program evaluation
  • application of current technology
  • service delivery in rural areas

Those interested in doctoral level post-secondary studies may apply to our Doctor of Philosophy program.

Program Requirements

The Faculty of Education offers two routes for the completion of the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology program. Both routes include an internship of nine credit hours.
Candidates are required to select one of the routes below:

Comprehensive-Course Route

  • A total of 36 credit hours
    • 27 credit hours of study
    • Nine credit hours of internship
  • Students must complete the following courses:
    • Core program courses: ED6100, ED6700, ED6702, ED6706, ED6708*
    • *A prerequisite course is required: ED6702
  • Any two of the following closed electives:
    • ED6705 ED6707, ED6709**, ED6710, ED6712, ED6713, ED6714, ED6716, ED6717, ED6718, ED6719, ED6802
    • **Prerequisite courses are required: ED6707 or ED3600 (if 3600 was completed prior to admission)

Thesis route

  • A total of 30 credit hours
    • 21 credit hours of study, plus thesis
    • Nine credit hours of internship
  • Students must complete the following courses:
    • Core program courses: ED6100, ED6700, ED6702, ED6706, ED6708*
    • * A prerequisite course is required: ED6702
  • Any two of the following closed electives:
    • ED6705, ED6707, ED6709**, ED6710, ED6712, ED6713, ED6714, ED6716, ED6717, ED6718, ED6719, ED6802
    • **Prerequisite courses are required: ED6707 or ED3600 (if 3600 was completed prior to admission)
  • ED6720 Internship (nine credit hours) – a prerequisite for the internship is the completion of all courses.
  • Visit Internships Guidelines for additional information. 
  • Visit Application for Internship to apply. 
  • Visit our course descriptions for details on the courses listed above

All courses are normally three credit hours.  For the convenience of our professional students, on-campus course offerings are evening classes.

Course electives

To meet total credit-hour requirements, students may choose electives from the list of Post-Secondary Studies closed electives, other graduate offerings within the Faculty of Education, the university, or other universities provided the courses selected are appropriate to the student’s program and approved by the Faculty of Education. For additional information on courses and electives, please contact the Office of Academic Programs at Faculty of Education.

For additional information on program routes, or if you would like to switch routes, please contact the Office of Academic Programs at Faculty of Education or refer to our FAQ page for Graduate students.


Student membership in the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) or other appropriate professional organizations is strongly recommended for all students in the program.

Students who plan to work in the school system should be aware of the Department of Education Certification Regulations to be eligible to work as a school counsellor.

Students who plan to become registered psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador should review the requirements of the Newfoundland Board of Examiners in Psychology.


Minimum Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, applicants must have:

Graduate diploma and MEd: Bachelor's degree (minimum second class or 70% average in last 90 attempted undergraduate credit hours); some programs have prerequisites and require work experience

PhD: Master's Degree in Education ('A' standing) or an equivalent Master's Degree from an accredited university; evidence of scholarly work; and two years of professional experience in an educational setting. An interview may also be required.

Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Admission Requirements - Counselling Psychology

In addition to meeting the requirements in the general degree regulations, students are required to complete the following:

  • ED3210 - Introduction to Counselling
  • Also, at least one undergraduate course on each of the following topics:
    • Statistics (2900),
    • Assessment (3280, 3951, 3952, or 4950),
    • Introduction to Career Education (3211),
    • Introduction to Exceptionality (4240).
  • Or their equivalent.

    • NOTE: many of these courses are prerequisites to specific graduate courses and must be completed before taking those courses.

  • At least one year of teaching (or related work) experience.
  • Complete the statement of interest as part of the application (500 words or less) and
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional).

Admission to the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology is selective and controlled by an admission committee of faculty members involved in the program. An interview will be required.

Students should be aware that a Graduate Record Examination may be required. 

Background checks and screening

A criminal record check or other screening procedures are not required as a condition of admission to the Counselling Psychology program. 

However, students should be aware that such record checks or other screening procedures are required by school districts, schools, community agencies, or other agencies that host counselling psychology students. Such agencies will not accept a student without a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check or other screening procedures, and this could prevent a student from completing a required component of the program. As a result, such a student may not be eligible for promotion or graduation.

The screening procedures of any given agency may change from time to time and are beyond the control of the university.

Information on Criminal Record Check RCMP website

Prerequisite Requirements

The Counselling Psychology program requires prerequisites that need be completed or in progress at the time application is submitted. Students recommended for admission whose prerequsites are in progress may be granted a conditional acceptance pending completion of the prerequisites in the semester prior to the one applied for. A deferral will not be granted for incomplete prerequisites.

Short-listed candidates for the Counselling Psychology program will be required to participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews will be conducted in-person or by teleconference.

Apply Online

Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date.

Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.

General Program Information for Graduate Students

Additional Notes Regarding Admission to MEd programs

Deferral Requests

The Faculty of Education, Office of Academic Programs policy regarding deferrals changed as of the 2015-2016 Spring Semester.

Students accepted to programs, are advised that the graduate office does not accept deferral requests unless there are extenuating circumstances and supporting documentation. In such cases, a maximum of one deferral for one semester may be granted. Files will be kept for a one year period, which enable students to ask to be reconsidered for a competition within that timeframe at no additional cost.

Students accepted to the Counselling Psychology program (because of the cap on enrollment), under extenuating circumstances only, may also be granted one deferral.

Confirmation of Work Experience

Students are required to submit an official letter from the school district office/employer verifying work experience. This letter should indicate total number of teaching days accumulated, as a minimum of one year of teaching (or related) experience is recommended for admission to this program.

Please have this information forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline date.

Educational Leave

If you are considering applying for educational leave in order to pursue a Master of Education program, you should first apply to the program. If you are not granted educational leave, but are accepted to the program, you can commence your studies on a part-time basis.

Note: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters of their payment plans will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. See School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form.

Date and Deadlines