Foundations in School & Counselling Psychology

Foundations in School and Counselling Psychology is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

This educational psychology topic provides an introduction to contemporary school and counselling psychology. It will facilitate an understanding of the foundation of these disciplines, empirical and theoretical advances, and the relevance and application of school and counselling psychology to child, youth, and adult development, learning, and mental health. This four-course topic has been constructed and developed recognizing the need to both highlight and to address the mental health needs of children, youth, and adults within and outside of the educational systems and the necessary requirement to have both a better informed public and more highly qualified professionals within school and counselling psychology.

This topic is organized, structured, and delivered in a way that individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree (e.g., social sciences, humanities, education) and professionals in the field who work with children, youth, and adults (e.g.,. teachers, nurses, social workers, and various mental health professionals and paraprofessionals) can further enhance their professional capacity and /or transition to advanced education in school and counselling psychology. Specifically, this topic focuses on:

  1. Introducing students to the professions of school and counselling psychology with respect to ethical issues, standards, and practices, as well as the theories and empirical findings that contribute to and guide the professional practice of school and counselling psychologists
  2. Identifying biological, social, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender-related factors in development and learning across the lifespan
  3. Teaching current theory and research related to psychopathology, human diversity, cultural, and social influences on behavior; societal stressors; issues in schools and communities, and other factors
  4. Teaching communication knowledge and skills in counselling, guidance, and consultation

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Introduction to School Psychology

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDPS 693.19 S01 (71787)
Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2020
EDPS 693.20 S01 (11677)
Child Development

Term 4 - Spring

Spring 2021
EDPS 693.22 (lecture number TBD)
Communication Skills in Guidance, Counselling & Consultation

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L.

Course Delivery

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearning website.


3 units per course

EDPS 693.18 Introduction to School Psychology

This course will introduce students to the field of school psychology and will focus on the preparation, roles, functions, and employment of school psychologists as well as the regulation, evaluation, and accountability of school psychologists. In addition, this course will increase students' knowledge of the scientific foundations of school psychology, assessment approaches of school psychologists, the applications of school psychology within schools, and school psychology based interventions.

EDPS 693.19 Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Counselling psychology is a broad specialization within professional psychology which is concerned with applying psychological principles to enhance and promote the positive growth, well-being, and mental health of individuals, families, groups, and the broader community. This course will provide an introduction to the profession of counselling as a whole, including core values, ethical issues and standards, and the theories that contribute to and guide the professional practice of counsellors. 

EDPS 693.20 Child Development

This course will focus on theories of child development, research strategies for investigating child development, foundations of child development, cognitive development of children and youth, social-emotional development of children and youth, and the impact of context and culture on child development.

EDPS 693.22 Communication Skills in Guidance, Counselling & Consultation

Students will learn to distinguish facilitative and non-facilitative communications by analyzing the effects that their communications have on others both directly and through observation roles in class. Skill development will involve the use of lecture, demonstration; digitally recorded interviews, instructor feedback, participation in dialogues as listener, speaker, or observer; and individual reflective practice.

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Edith Mandeville

Academic Program Co-Coordinators

Dr. Jac Andrews

Dr. José Domene

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Applications are open November 1 - March 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

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