M.Ed. Program & Prerequisites

The Master of Education CNPS program allows students to focus on one of the three areas for which we have accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).

The three areas of focus are: Community & Agency Counselling, Counselling in Higher Education, and School Counselling. We are currently piloting Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling as the fourth area of focus to the Counselling Psychology Program.

Standard Master of Education Program Prerequisites (Revised January 7, 2021)

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed the following prerequisite courses (or approved as accepted prerequisite courses) before December 31st. In exceptional circumstances, outstanding MA and MED applicants missing one prerequisite—other than CNPS 362—may be offered conditional admission subject to evidence of enrollment in the missing prerequisite course and the successful completion of the course by April 15th. Proof of registration in the missing prerequisite should be provided to the admissions committee by uploading it to the application portal as an attachment. CNPS 363 and CNPS 365 are offered online in Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter at UBC. Please see the equivalency table for some equivalent courses offered from other universities.

The UBC CNPS Program has approved adding a new statistics course prerequisite for those applying to the M.Ed. program by December 1, 2021. However, in recognition that some applicants may not be aware of this new change in time to enroll in an undergraduate statistics course prior to applying, we will accept applications without this prerequisite for the December 1, 2021 application deadline only. However, a statistics course is required as a prerequisite for at least one course in the program, which is typically taken in the first year of the program. Therefore, any applicant accepted to the M.Ed. program to start in 2022 who has not already completed a statistics course is advised to take a statistics course prior to beginning the M.Ed. program to allow them to take the required masters level statistics course without delay. This can be accomplished by taking an undergraduate statistics course online or at their current/past institution or seeking early (May 2022) admission to the M.Ed. program and taking a statistics course (e.g., EPSE 482) at UBC prior to the normal start date of September 2022.

= On Campus = Online

CNPS 362 (3 credits) Basic Interviewing Skills
CNPS 363 (3 credits)
(Available on campus or online)
Career Counselling
Note: This is a co-requisite for upcoming M.Ed. applications, and will be a required prerequisite for applications 2017 onward.
CNPS 365 (3 credits)
(Available on campus or online)
Introduction to Theories of Counselling
EPSE 482 (3 credits) Introduction to Statistics for Research in Education
3 credit course in Abnormal Psychology or Behaviour Disorders Equivalency Table
3 credit course in Learning Equivalency Table

Note: If you’re seeking equivalency for any of the prerequisites, you can request a prerequisite acceptance review by submitting a letter, course outline and transcript to the program area assistant at least one month before the application deadline.

Relevant Work Experience

Applicants should have a minimum of three calendar years of experience in positions (full-time or part-time) that involve working in a helping, social service, or teaching capacity with children, adolescents and/or adults by the time of applying (December 1st). The years do not need to be consecutive.

This requirement can be met through volunteer experience although preference will be given to applicants who have sustained, relevant work experience.

Research Experience

Applicants to the M.A. Program should have prior research experience, as evidenced by, for example, volunteer research assistant experience, an undergraduate honours degree research project, conference presentations, or journal publications. Compatibility between faculty and applicant research interests is an important consideration for admission.

Criminal Record Checks

Students admitted to our Master’s and Doctoral programs are required to provide a criminal record clearance prior to taking CNPS 588 – Supervised Clinical Experience in Counselling.

This form is for any students needing a CRC from any other Faculty of Ed department (other than TEO).

Students have to go to this webpage to submit their CRC.

You must:
1. Complete web form online
2. Submit a signature on the consent form provided, as a PDF to: admissions.teo@ubc.ca
(that means you have to print out the form and then sign it before you send the PDF to admissions.teo@ubc.ca)

Learn more information about Criminal Record Checks and access FAQ information.