A Counselling MEd degree is for you, if:
You want to be a masters-level practitioner working as a school counsellor or counselling therapist in community agencies or private practice, or
You want a combined research and practice-based masters degree in the field, prior to pursuing your doctoral studies in counselling psychology.
Note: The MEd Counselling degree is not designed to qualify people for licensure as a psychologist.
Concerned. Empathic. Prepared.
Counsellors work with individuals, groups and/or families to address a wide range of issues related to daily life and development, including career choice and adjustment, successfully making life transitions, functioning in interpersonal relationships, and emotional and behaviour problems.
Faculty in our department conduct research on issues such as career and vocational development, counselling processes, therapeutic relationships, growth psychology, and the practice of counselling and counselling psychology in Canada.
MEd Course Route - 10 courses (33 credits)
MEd Thesis Route - 10 courses + Thesis (48 credits)
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PLEASE NOTE: The MEd Counselling Program has the one application deadline date of January 31
The following pre-requisite courses required for entry into the MEd Counselling program, over and above the general Faculty of Education requirements for entry into a masters degree. The list of courses from New Brunswick universities that have been approved as fulfilling these requirements can be found here. Equivalent courses from other universities can also be used to meet these requirements, but the syllabus (not just the calendar description) of each course must be attached to your application, for review of equivalency.
Applicants must have completed at least one undergraduate level course (3 credits) in theories of counselling, theories of personality or theories of psychopathology.
Applicants must have completed at least one undergraduate level course (3 credits) in counselling/guidance practices, counselling interviewing skills, alliance formation skills, or social work practice skills.
Applicants must have completed at least one undergraduate level course (3 credits) in human development, child or adult development, or developmental psychology.
- Applicants are expected to hold a four-year undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B, or its equivalent), and must have a minimum of one year's experience in some aspect of human services. (Volunteer work is accepted as experience). Well qualified applicants will have completed undergraduate courses at the advanced level in Psychology or Counselling.
In order to maintain fairness in the process of accepting students into the counselling program, applications to transfer into the program from other UNB Faculty of Education masters programs will be evaluated together with new applicants into the program. The following practices have been adopted to facilitate this:
There will be no automatic transfer of students into the counselling program, regardless of the number of counselling degree requirement courses students may have completed as part of another program at UNB.
Applications for transfer will be reviewed once per year, with the deadline to submit transfer applications being the same as the new applicant deadline.
- Transfer applicants will be placed in the same pool as incoming applicants and evaluated according to the same criteria.
Students intending to pursue doctoral studies in counselling psychology will need to complete additional coursework and internship hours to meet the entrance requirements for the different PhD programs in the country. Also, note that UNB does not offer a counselling psychology PhD program.
Links to doctoral programs accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association can be found at this website:
Students intending to pursue certification with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) are encouraged to review the requirements to become a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and to plan their program of study accordingly.
CCPA’s certification requirements can be found at: https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/membership/