“It took a long time to find a Master’s program from a highly respected
institution that fits into my already busy schedule. The online format of the
Master of Counselling program at the U of L’s Faculty of Education offers
the perfect combination of excellent courses and flexibility. “
Master of Counselling student, Jack Lilja
Whether your professional goal is to become a registered psychologist or professional counsellor, to develop additional expertise after successfully completing a master's degree, or simply to enhance your employment status, we offer programs to meet your needs.
The twelve course Master of Counselling program is completed over three years. The program prepares individuals to function effectively as Professional Counsellors or Registered Psychologists in a wide range of work environments.
With the completion of the appropriate courses, graduates may be eligible for certification as a Professional Counsellor under the guidelines of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA, formerly CCA). CCPA certification attests to the level of professional counselling competence and is considered the minimum professional standard in Canada.
Students who wish to become a Registered Psychologist should be aware that in Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) regulates the process of registering. The CAP has additional requirements beyond what is provided within the M.C. program at the University of Lethbridge, including undergraduate psychology courses, supervised clinical hours, and oral and written examinations. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the requirements for registering as established by the College of Alberta Psychologists or the corresponding body in the province/state in which they wish to achieve a professional designation.
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The six course Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling is completed over a minimum of one and one-half years. It allows students access to a graduate level work without completing a full Master's degree. Students may utilize the Post-Graduate Certificate as a stepping-stone into the Master of Counselling.
The Post-Master's Certificate in Counselling is designed for students who have previously completed a master's degree with a specialization in Counselling or Psychology and wish to obtain additional expertise. Students complete four courses in one year.