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Program Overview

Program LengthNumber of CreditsFormatNext Cohort
2 – 2.75 years*52In person/online synchronousSpring/Fall
*2 years of coursework, with an additional 6-9 months, if necessary, to complete capstone projects and/or internship hours, all included at no extra cost.

Our vision

To create a supportive and inclusive learning community where aspiring school counsellors are empowered to embrace diversity, foster authentic connections, and promote the holistic wellbeing of individuals, in alignment with the values of the school counselling profession.

Our curriculum

The curriculum is designed to socialize students into the school counselling profession by integrating current scholarship and theoretical frameworks, including person-centered, positive psychology, trauma-informed, and DEI lenses, along with practical application. It is an emergent process, tailored through consultation and research to align with contemporary practices in the field. Students actively collaborate with both peers and faculty in a shared learning environment, emphasizing the significance of co-learning and providing opportunities for dynamic and diverse conversations, and experiences.

Coursework in the following areas prepares graduates for practice: 

  • Counselling children and adolescents
  • Mental health and assessments
  • Ethics and law in school-based practice
  • Group, family and career counselling
  • Research and inquiry

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.75

Prerequisite: interviewing and counselling skills or counselling theory and practice

Students must complete a partial school internship to meet degree requirements. Some communities / school districts require teaching certificates for school counselling roles, while private schools may accept uncertified applicants. Students are responsible for securing a placement.


The program emphasizes continuous collaboration with school districts, the advisory board, and counselling clinics. Quality assurance is ensured through external reviews, CityU’s annual APAR review, and a comprehensive program review every 5 years. Faculty and student representatives actively contribute to ongoing improvements. For recent external reviews or the 5-year review, contact the program coordinator Faye Lin at

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