Applied Psychology and Human Development

APHD: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Ontario Institute for Studies in Educat​ion (OISE)​

Degree Programs

C​hild​ Study and Ed​ucation

​​​​MA
Fields:​
​Practice-Based Inquiry in Psychology and Educational Practi​ce
​Rese​arch-Intensive Training in Psychology and Education

Counselling and Clinical Psychology

​​MA
Fie​lds:
Clinical and Counselling Psychology—offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE, St. George campus
 
Clinical Psychology—offered by the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
​PhD
​Fields:
Clinical and Counselling ​Psychology—offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE, St. George campus
 
Clinical Psychology—offered by the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Counselling Psychology

​​​​MEd
Fields:
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology
Guidance and Counselling
​​EdD
Field:
Counselling and Psychotherapy​

Developmental Psychology and Education

MA​
​​MEd ​
​​PhD
Emphasis:​
Early Learning (flexible-time)

School and Clinical Child Psychology

MA
​PhD

Combined Degree Programs​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Aboriginal Health
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology, MA, PhD
    • Counselling Psychology, MEd, EdD
  2. Addiction Studies
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology, MA, PhD
  3. Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology, MA, PhD
    • Counselling Psychology, MEd, EdD
  4. Community Development
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Psychology field), MA
    • Counselling Psychology, MEd
  5. Educational Policy
    • Developmental Psychology and Education, MA, MEd, PhD
  6. Human Development
    • Developmental Psychology and Education, PhD
  7. Neuroscience
    • Developmental Psychology and Education, MA, PhD
  8. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology, MA, PhD
    • Counselling Psychology, MEd, EdD
  9. Women and Gender Studies
    • Counselling and Clinical Psychology, MA, PhD
    • Counselling Psychology, MEd, EdD​

Overview

Guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity and social justice, students and faculty in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development examine major issues in education, human development, applied psychology and professional practice, answering the critical questions that create action in the professional practice of the hundreds of thousands of teachers, researchers, counsellors, clinical psychologists, professionals, policy makers, leaders, and influencers who are part of the OISE community worldwide. 

All programs in the department commence in September.

Consult the department for further details about financial support for students.

Contact and Address

Admissions

Initial inquiries regarding admission to graduate studies in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development should be made directly to:

Web: www.oise.utoronto.ca/orss
Email: admissions.oise@utoronto.ca
Tel: (416) 978-4300
Fax: (416) 323-9964

Office of the Registrar and Student Services
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-225
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
Canada

Programs

Web: www.oise.utoronto.ca/aphd

Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
Canada

APHD: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Chen, Charles - BA, MEd, MA, PhD
Chen, Xi (Becky) - BA, MEd, MA, PhD
Childs, Ruth - BS, MA, PhD
Day, David Martin - BA, MA, PhD
Ducharme, Joseph - BA, MPsy, PhD
Ferrari, Michel - BA, MA, PhD
Geva, Esther - BA, MA, PhD
Gillis, Joseph - BSc, MA, PhD
Goldstein, Abby - BA, MA, PhD
Henderson, Joanna - BA, MA, PhD
Jang, Eunice Eunhee - BA, MA, PhD
Jenkins, Jennifer - BA, MA, PhD
Jenkins, Jennifer - BA, MA, PhD
Lee, Kang - BSc, MEd, PhD
Lye, Stephen - BSc, PhD
Martinussen, Rhonda - BE, MEd, PhD
Moodley, Roy - BA, MA, PhD
Moran, Greg - BA, MA, PhD
O'Sullivan, Julia - BA, MA, PhD
Pascal, Charles - BA, AM, PhD
Pelletier, Janette - AB, BE, MEd, PhD
Perlman, Michal - BA, MA, PhD
Peskin, Joan - BA, MPsy, PhD
Peterson-Badali, Michele - BA, MA, PhD
Piran, Niva - BA, PhD
Schachar, Russell James - MD
Schmuckler, Mark - BA, PhD
Schneider, Margaret - BA, MA, PhD
Scott, Katreena - BA, MA, PhD
Skilling, Tracey - BA, MASc, PhD
Stermac, Lana - BSc, MA, PhD
Stewart, Suzanne - BA, MA, PhD
Taylor, Margot - BA, MA, PhD
Volpe, Richard - BA, MA, PhD
Watson, Jeanne - PhD
Wiener, Judith - BA, MEd, PhD
Willows, Dale - PhD
Woodruff, Earl - MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)

Members Emeriti

Corter, Carl - BA, PhD
Wolfe, Richard - BA

Associate Members

Andrade, Brendan - PhD
Augimeri, Leena - BA, MEd, PhD
Bedard, Anne-Claude - BSc, MSc, PhD
Cohen, Nancy - BSc, MSc, PhD
Cunningham, Todd - BS, MA, PhD
Flora, David - PhD
Ganea, Patricia - BA, PhD
Gottardo, Alexandra - PhD
Hamza, Chloe - BA, MA, PhD
Heck, Ronald - PhD
Killian, Kyle - PhD
Malone, Molly - BSc
Moodie, Sheila - PhD
Moss, Joan - BA, MA, PhD
Plamondon, Andre - BA, PhD
Rogers, Maria - PhD
Sawka, Anna - MSc, MD, BScMed, PhD
Schmidt, Fred - BA, MA, PhD
Silver, Judith - BSc, PhD
Smith, Marylou - BSc, MSc, PhD
Turrell, Sheri - BNSc, MA, PhD
Watson, William - BSc, PhD

APHD: Child Study and Education MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Child Study and Education Program is offered at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, a centre of professional teacher training a​nd research in childhood and education, which includes a Nursery through Grade 6 Laboratory School.

The philosophy of this program is based on the belief that successful teaching requires an understanding of how children’s capacities, concerns, and behaviour change with age, how individual differences reflect developmental changes, and how social and physical environments influence children’s development.

The program introduces students to educational and developmental theory and research relevant to educational settings, showing how this research can inform classroom practice. Students also learn how to objectively study children, using both practical assessment and formal methods of inquiry. These areas of knowledge combined with knowledge of effective teaching methods (such as an inquiry-based approach) and learning environments result in educational practices that build on children’s current levels of development.

The non-thesis program requires two years of full-time study leading to a Master of Arts degree. Graduates are recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification, which qualifies the holder to teach in the primary and junior divisions (junior kindergarten to grade 6) of Ontario schools.

This program offers two fields:

  1. Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Educational Practice

  2. Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education

 

Field: Practice-Based Inquiry (PBI) in Psychology and Education Practice

The field is based on the use of collaborative inquiry and data-based decision-making to enhance teachers’ practice and student learning and success. This field will provide a foundation in the use of a broad range of information sources to address questions of practice using an inquiry cycle.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (usually a four-year degree) with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are also expected to have experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including practicum placements and an internship as follows:

    • Year 1—6.0 FCEs as foll​ows:

      • ​APD 2200Y Child Study: ‪Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research‬ (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2201Y Childhood Education Seminar and Practicum (1.0 FCE).

      • APD 2210Y Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2220Y Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE): three eight-week, half-day placements in kindergarten/early childhood, grades 1 to 3, and grades 4 to 6.

      • ​APD 2280H Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction (0.5 FCE).

      • APD 1226H Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making (0.5 FCE).

      • ​1.0 elective FCE (equivalent to two half courses) chosen from among master's-level courses in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and, in some cases, other departments to be completed during the Spring/Summer intersession.

      • Students without an undergraduate course in child development must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) as an elective.

      • ​​Registration in Year 2 of the program is contingent upon successful completion of all Year 1 work.

    • Year 2—4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • ​APD 2211H Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2212H Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2214H Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching (0.5 FCE).

      • APD 1227Y Professional Practice Project (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2221Y​ Advanced Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE), a 3.5-month full-time internship to be taken in one session.

      • APD 2202H Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching​ (0.5 FCE), taken during the internship session of Year 2.

Program L​​ength

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

Field: Research-Intensive Training (RIT) in Psychology and Education

The field provides concurrent training in research methods and educational practice for elementary teacher certification, including 600 hours of practicum in classrooms. It supports the development of expertise in scientific examination of educational and psychological issues and highlights the integration between science and classroom practice. RIT students must complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) by April of Year 2 in order to graduate. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (usually a four-year degree) with the equivalent of a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are also expected to have experience working with groups of children, preferably in responsible positions.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including practicum placements and an internship as follows (although a thesis paper is not required, students must complete a Major Research Paper):

    • Year 1—6.0 FCEs as foll​ows:

      • ​APD 2200Y Child Study: ‪Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research‬ (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2201Y Childhood Education Seminar and Practicum (1.0 FCE).

      • APD 2210Y Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2220Y Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE): three eight-week, half-day placements in kindergarten/early childhood, grades 1 to 3, and grades 4 to 6.

      • ​APD 2280H Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction (0.5 FCE).

      • APD 1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD (0.5 FCE).

      • ​1.0 elective FCE (equivalent to two half courses) chosen from among master's-level courses in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and, in some cases, other departments to be completed during the Spring/Summer intersession.

      • Students without an undergraduate course in child development must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) as an elective.

      • ​Registration in Year 2 of the program is contingent upon successful completion of all Year 1 work.

    • Year 2—4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • ​APD 2211H Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2212H Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2214H Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2221Y​ Advanced Teaching Practicum (1.0 FCE), a 3.5-month full-time internship to be taken in one session.

      • APD 2001Y0 Major Research Paper (1.0 FCE).

      • ​APD 2202H Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching (0.5 FCE), taken during the internship session of Year 2.

Program L​​ength

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

APHD: Child Study and Education MA Courses

Year 1 Required Courses

​APD 2200​Y
​Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research
​APD 2201Y
​Childh​ood Education Seminar and Practicum​
​APD 2210Y
​Introduction to Curriculum I: Core Areas
​APD 2220Y​
Teaching​ Practicum​
APD 2280H
Introduction to Sp​ecial Education and Adaptive Instruction​
​Plus
​PBI field only: APD 1226H Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making
or
RIT field only: APD 1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD
​Plus​​
​Two elective h​alf courses to be completed during the Spring/Summer intersession
​​Plus​
​Full-year religious education course (if interested in teaching in the Roman Catholic separate school board). This course does not count towards the Child Study and Education program requirements. There is a separate fee. Students interested in this option should contact the OISE Continuing and Professional Learning Office for course enrolment information.

Note: Students without an undergraduate course credit in child development must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development as one of their electives.

Year 2 Required Courses

Registration in Year 2 is contingent upon successful completion of all Year 1 work.

Academic Session
​APD 2211H
​​Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy​
​APD 2212H
​Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics
​APD 2214H
Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching​
​Plus
PBI field only: APD 1227Y Professional Practice Project
or
RIT field only: APD 2001Y0 Major Research Paper
Internship Session​
​APD 2202H
​Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching​
​APD 2221Y
​Advanced Teaching Practicum

In addition, students must demonstrate knowledge of the Acts and Regulations respecting education in Ontario (addressed in APD 2202H).

Recommended Elective Courses

Depending on their career goals, students may wish to select courses and placements to focus ​on particular areas:

Special Education

Students planning a career in special needs education may consider Special Education as a focused area of study. Such students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one recommended special education elective.

Early Childhood

Students interested in kindergarten programs may consider Early Childhood as a focused area of study. Such students are strongly encouraged to complete one recommended Early Childhood elective course plus an internship in a kindergarten class.

Course List​

​APD 1201H
Child and Adolescent Development
​APD 1209H
​Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD
​APD 1211H
​Psychological Foundations of Early Development ​and Education
​​APD 1217H
Foundations of Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention with Children​
​APD 1226H
​Foundations in Inquiry and Data-Based Decision Making
​APD 1227Y
​Professional Practice Project​
​APD 1256H
Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention​
​APD 1​259H
Family Relationships with Early Childhood Services and Schools​
​APD 1272H
Play and Education​
APD 1280H Symbolic Development and Learning
​APD 1284H
Psychology and Education of Children and Adolescents with Behaviour Disorders​
APD 1286H Foundations of Literacy Development for School Age Children
​APD 1289H
Multivariate Analysis with Applications​
​APD 1293H
Applied Research Design and Data Analysis​
​APD 1294H
Technology, Psychology, and Play​
​APD 1296H
Assessing School-Aged Language Learners​
APD 1298H Imagination, Reasoning, and Learning
APD 1299H Language Acquisition and Development in Early Childhood
​APD 2001Y0
Major Research Paper
​APD 2200Y
​​Child Study: Observation, Evaluation, Reporting, and Research​
​APD 2201Y
​Childhood Education Seminar and Practicum​
​APD 2202H
​Childhood Education Seminar II: Advanced Teaching
​A​PD 2210Y
Introduction to Curriculum l: Core Areas​
​APD 2211H
​Theory and Curriculum I: Language and Literacy
​APD 2212H
Theory and Curriculum II: Mathematics​
​APD 2214H
​Curriculum and Pedagogies for Cross-Curricular Teaching
​APD 2220Y
Teaching Practicum​
​APD 2221Y
Advanced Teaching Practicum​
​APD 2275H
Technology for Adaptive Instruction and Special Education​
​APD 2280H
Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction​
​APD 2292H
​Assessment for Instruction
​APD 2293H
Interpretation of Educational Research​
​APD 2296H
​Reading and Writing Difficulties
​APD 3203H
Children's Theory of Mind​
​APD 3297H
Biological and Psychological Foundations of Low Incidence Disorders​
APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level 
APD 6000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Doctoral Level
​JDS 1249H
Social-Emotional Development and Applications​

Individual Reading and Research Courses

​APD 3252H
Individual Reading and Research in Human Development and Applied Psychology: Doctoral Level​​

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

APHD: Counselling and Clinical Psychology MA, Clinical and Counselling Psychology Field

Master of Arts

Program Description

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers studies leading to the MA and PhD degrees. It is offered by the graduate Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), St. George campus, and the graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

This graduate program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific field as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The program has two fields:

  1. Clinical and Counselling Psychology, offered primarily by OISE;

  2. Clinical Psychology, offered primarily by UTSC.

The field in Clinical and Counselling Psychology is offered primarily by the OISE Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. This field is based on a bio-psycho-social model with an emphasis on diversity. It shares an emphasis with the Clinical Psychology field on assessment and the treatment of psychopathology in adults.

This MA program is designed for applicants interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of psychological and educational settings. This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also fulfils the requirements of students who plan to apply to the PhD program, Clinical and Counselling Psychology field.

The MA is taken on a full-time or part-time basis. However, stude​nts in the part-time program will be required to complete one year of full-time study to fulfil their degree requirements.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third-, and fourth-year levels).

  • Scores on General and Subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • A standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.5 FCEs as follows:

    • APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE) (500 hours of practicum).

    • APD 1204H Personality Theoriesor APD 1265H Advanced Topics in Social and Personality Development (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1208Y Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment and Practicum (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1228H Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling (0.5 FCE) or APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE) (or an equivalent course).

    • APD 1263H Research Methods for Clinical and Counselling Psychology (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE).

  • Master's thesis.

  • Full-time option: Full-time, on-campus study is required from September to April, which represents the Fall and Winter sessions. Normally, 1.5 FCEs are taken in each of the Fall and Winter sessions and a maximum of 1.0 FCE in the Summer session. Under this option, it is expected that all degree requirements will be completed within two years.

  • Part-time option: For this option, students can register as part-time students at the beginning of their program. However, they will be required to register as full-time students for one year of the program. In this option, students will normally take 1.0 FCE annually during the beginning of their program and 1.5 FCEs in each of the Fall and Winter sessions in their year of full-time st​udy. Once they have begun their last required course, they must register annually and pay the part-time fees until all degree requirements have been completed. Under this option, it is expected that all degree requirements will be completed within two to three years, up to a maximum of six years.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

APHD: Counselling and Clinical Psychology PhD, Clinical and Counselling Psychology Field

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers studies leading to the MA and PhD degrees. It is offered by the graduate Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), St. George campus, and the graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

This graduate program is intended for students seeking to pursue careers in research, teaching, and clinical practice. At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific field as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.

The program has two fields:

  1. Clinical and Counselling Psychology, offered primarily by OISE;

  2. Clinical Psychology, offered primarily by UTSC.

The field in Clinical and Counselling Psychology is offered primarily by the OISE Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. This field is based on a bio-psycho-social model with an emphasis on diversity. It shares an emphasis with the Clinical Psychology field on assessment and the treatment of psychopathology in adults.

The principal aim of this PhD program is the development of research and theoretical knowledge in counselling and clinical psychology, assessment skills, and knowledge and training in professional issues. Students are expected to conduct advanced research and to develop professional knowledge and skills. Graduates will be prepared to assume a variety of positions in psychological teaching, research, and practice in universities, community settings and agencies offering psychological services, and in university or college counselling centres.

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program offers both a full-time and flexible-time PhD, and progress in the program will be reviewed annually. The pre-existing program in Counselling Psychology at OISE was re-accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in 2010-2011 for a five-year term. Currently, the program is being reviewed for re-accreditation in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. Applicants to the flexible-time PhD should also demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

 

PhD Program 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third- and fourth-year levels), with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.

  • A University of Toronto MA degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A- or better, or its equivalent.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​​​​2.5 FCEs in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

      • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Semina​r;

      • ​APD 3217Y Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (600-hour practicum); and

      • ​APD 3268Y Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1,600-hour internship—arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services).

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Psychology Measurement/Assessment and Diagnosis:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​APD 3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology; and

      • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems.

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Advanced Research Methods:

      • ​​​​​​​​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM); and

      • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (RM).

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in History and Systems Psychology:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​APD 3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​.

  • Comprehensive examination: In addition to normal course requirements, students will complete two comprehensive components. First, a manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer review conference, normally in Year 1 of the program. Second, students will be examined systematically in general psychology and in professional psychology. The examination will normally be taken at the end of Year 2 of full-time study.

  • Doctoral dissertation: All students must develop, complete, and defend in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination a doctoral dissertation supervised by a full-time member of the Counselling and Clinical Psychology faculty. The content of such disserta​tion research may address theoretical issues applicable to clinical and counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development of programs in a variety of educational or applied settings, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of clinical and counselling psychology.

  • Students must register annually and pay the full-time until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or any appropriate bachelor's degree that would contain the psychology requirement equivalent (defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs] in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second-, third- and fourth-year levels), with a standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.
  • A University of Toronto MA degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A- or better, or its equivalent.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. Applicants should also demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​​​​2.5 FCEs in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

      • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Semina​r;

      • ​APD 3217Y Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (600-hour practicum); and

      • ​APD 3268Y Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1,600-hour internship—arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services).

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Psychology Measurement/Assessment and Diagnosis:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​APD 3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology; and

      • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems.

    • ​​​1.0 FCE in Advanced Research Methods:

      • ​​​​​​​​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM); and

      • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (RM).

    • ​​​0.5 FCE in History and Systems Psychology:

      • ​​​​​​​​​​APD 3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​.

  • Comprehensive examination: In addition to normal course requirements, students will complete two comprehensive components. First, a manuscript for publication and presentation at a peer review conference, normally in Year 1 of the program. Second, students will be examined systematically in general psychology and in professional psychology. The examination will normally be taken at the end of Year 2 of full-time study.

  • Doctoral dissertation: All students must develop, complete, and defend in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination a doctoral dissertation supervised by a full-time member of the Counselling and Clinical Psychology faculty. The content of such disserta​tion research may address theoretical issues applicable to clinical and counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development of programs in a variety of educational or applied settings, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of clinical and counselling psychology.

  • Students must register annually until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They must register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

APHD: Counselling and Clinical Psychology MA and PhD Courses, Clinical and Counselling Psychology Field

​APD 1202H
​​Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1203Y
Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1204​H
Personality Theories​
​APD 1208Y
Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment​ and Practicum
​APD 1219H
Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy​
​​​APD 1228H
​Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling
​APD 1261H
​Group Work in C​ounselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1263H
Research Methods for Clinical and Counselling Psychology (RM)​
​APD 1265H
Advanced Topics in Social and Personality Development​
​APD 3202H
​A Foundation of Program Evaluation in S​ocial Sciences (RM)
​APD 3204H
​Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology
​APD 3215H
​Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar
​APD 3217​Y
​Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
​APD 3218H
Research Seminar in Counselling​
​APD 3225H
​Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology
​APD 3260H
​Psychodiagnostic Systems
​APD 3268Y​
​Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level
JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics (RM)
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (RM)
JOI 3048H Intermediate Statistics in Educational Research: Multiple Regression Analysis (RM)

Psychological Clinical Science: Counselling and Clinical Psychology MA, Clinical Psychology Field

Master of Arts

Overview

The field in Clinical Psychology is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at UTSC. Clinical Psychology at UTSC adheres to a Clinical Science model of training. Housed within the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, the primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to foster exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and professional practice.

Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC has primary research strengths in the areas of: clinical neuropsychology and neurosciences; personality and psychological assessment; and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies.

A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia due to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Contact and Address

Web: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/psych/clinical-psychology
Email: clinical-psych@utsc.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 208-4867

Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Science Wing, Room SW427D
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

Program Description

The full-time, two-year MA program is designed for applicants interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of psychological and educational settings. This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also meets the needs of students who plan to apply to the PhD program in Counselling and Clinical Psychology.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychological Clinical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least an A- (or first-class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study, and at least 4.0 to 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology including statistics and some laboratory research experience. Students who are admitted to the program without 4.0 to ​6.0 FCEs in required undergraduate coursework may be required to complete additional courses in the master's program. Applicants with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, biological science, or neuroscience are encouraged to apply​.

  • Competitive scores on General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • Two academic letters of reference.

  • A personal statement.

  • A curriculum vitae. 

  • Completion of the Psychological Clinical Science MA, PhD Program Faculty Selection Form

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or its equivalent according to SGS regulations, prior to submitting the application. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The Clinical Psychology field for the MA in Counselling and Clinical Psychology requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including an ethics course, practicum-based courses, a clinical practicum, and a thesis.

    • 4.5 FCEs as follows:​​​​

      • Year 1: CPS 1601H Psychopathology (0.5 FCE); CPS 1701H Psychological Assessment I (0.5 FCE); CPS 1702H Psychological Assessment II (0.5 FCE); CPS 1801H Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE); and CPS 1901H Ethics (0.5 FCE).

      • ​​​​​​​​Year 2: CPS 1101H Clinical Research Design (0.5 FCE); CPS 1102H Statistical Techniques I (0.5 FCE); CPS 1802H Applied Interventions in Clinical Psychology (0.5 FCE); CPS 1803H Practicum in Psychological Interventions (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE: Students must complete a clinical practicum at a pre-approved placement site in the final summer of the program (CPS 2999H Summer Practicum)

  • Research thesis to be completed and orally defended in Year 2 of the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time​

Psychological Clinical Science: Counselling and Clinical Psychology PhD, Clinical Psychology Field

Doctor of Philosophy

Overview

The field in Clinical Psychology is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at UTSC. Clinical Psychology at UTSC adheres to a Clinical Science model of training. Housed within the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, the primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to foster exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and professional practice.

A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia due to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Contact and Address

Web: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/psych/clinical-psychology
Email: clinical-psych@utsc.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 208-4867

Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Science Wing, Room SW427D
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for applicants interested in a career as a clinical psychologist based on a Clinical Science model of training. Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC prepares graduates primarily for research careers as psychological clinical scientists in university and academic medical settings. The PhD program has research strengths in clinical neuropsychology and neurosciences; personality and psychological assessment; and mindfulne​ss- and acceptance-based psychotherapies.

It is distinguished by its innovative cross-disciplinary approach that emphasizes scientific innovation through novel research collaborations that push traditional boundaries in clinical psychology. Importantly, the program meets the needs of students who plan to engage in research, teaching, and/or evidence-based clinical practice. This program is intended to meet the registration requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) at the doctoral level.

The Counselling and Clinical Psychology program (Clinical Psychology field) is offered on a full-time basis, and progress in the program will be reviewed annually.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) from a recognized university, with a minimum A- average and excellent research performance.

  • Competitive scores on General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). 

  • Two academic letters of reference.

  • A personal statement.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or its equivalent according to SGS regulations, prior to submitting the application. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The PhD program requires 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including coursework, three clinical placements, plus a comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, thesis,​ and thesis defence:

    • 4.0 FCEs in coursework, normally completed by t​​he end of Year 3 (CPS 1103H, CPS 1201H, CPS 1301H, CPS 1401H, CPS 1501H, CPS 1809H, CPS 3801H, CPS 3901H).

    • 2.0 FCEs in clinical work:

      • ​​​1.0 FCE in two separate part-time clinical placements during Years 1 and 2 (CPS 3999H, CPS 4999H).

      • 1.0 FCE in a one-year, full-time clinical internship at a Canadian Psychological Association- or American Psychological Association-accredited clinical setting, which normally takes place during Year 5 (CPS 5999Y). Eligibility for the clinical internship will be assessed by the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) prior to Year 4 of the program.

  • The comprehensive examination requirement consists of two mandatory components:

    1. ​​​​​An oral examination focused on clinical expertise (normally ​completed in the Summer session of Year 1); and

    2. A research-focused paper (normally completed in the Summer session of Year 2).

    • A pass on both components is required for a student to continue on to PhD candidacy. Students who fail the oral exam will have the opportunity to retake the exam. Students who fail the research paper will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit. Students who fail either or both component(s) on the second attempt should consult the School of Graduate Studies’ Academic Appeals Policy. If after the appeals process and second attempts at either or both component(s) result in a failure, the student will no longer be eligible to continue in the PhD program. Guidelines on the comprehensive requirement can be found in the PCS Graduate Handbook.

  • Thesis proposal, normally approved prior to the start of Year 3 of the program.

  • Completed thesis.

  • Successful defence of the thesis at the Final Oral Examination.

  • ​For students interested in acquiring additional clinical hours, the PhD program provides the following optional courses: CPS 6999H and CPS 7999H. Please note that optional courses for the PhD must be approved by the faculty supervisor, the DCT, and the Graduate Chair prior to course enrolment.

  • Supervisors will have annual meetings with students to assess academic progress and to develop plans of study. The DCT will also hold formal annual meetings with students to assess clinical and professional progress.​

  • The program length is five years, which includes a pre-doctoral internship.​

​Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

6 years

Psychological Clinical Science: Counselling and Clinical Psychology MA and PhD Courses, Clinical Psychology Field

​CPS 1101H
Clinical Research Design (exclusion: APD 1263H Seminar in Research Methods for MA Students)​
​CPS 1102H
Statistical Techniques I (exclusion: JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics)
​CPS 1103H
​Statistical Techniques II (exclusion: JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design)
​CPS 1201H
Neurobiological Bases of Behaviour
​CPS 1301H
​Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behaviour
​CPS 1401H
​Social and Interpersonal Bases of Behaviour
​CPS 1501H
​​Personality
​CPS 1601H
​Psychopathology (exclusion: APD 3260H Psychopathology and Diagnosis)
​CPS 1701H
Psychological Assessment I (exclusion: APD 3224H Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment)
​CPS 1702H
​Psychological Assessment II
​CPS 1801H
​Psychotherapy (exclusion: APD 1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling)
​CPS 1802H
​Applied Interventions in Clinical Psychology (exclusion: APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology)
CPS 1803H
Practicum in Psychological Interventions (exclusion: APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology)
​CPS 1809H
Clinical Psychopharmacology
​​CPS 1810H
Advanced Psychotherapy
​CPS 1901H
Ethics (exclusion: APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology)
​CPS 2999H​
​​Summer Practicum
CPS 3801H Multi-Person Therapies (exclusions: APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and APD 1228H Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Family and Couples Counselling)
​CPS 3901H The Historical and Scientific Foundations of Psychology (exclusion: APD 3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development in Applied Psychology)
CPS 3999H Clinical Placement I
CPS 4999H Clinical Placement II
CPS 5001H Directed Readings
CPS 5002H Directed Readings
CPS 5999Y Internship (exclusion: APD 3268Y PhD Internship)
CPS 6999H Clinical Placement III
CPS 7999H Clinical Placement IV

APHD: Counselling Psychology MEd, Counselling and Psychotherapy Field

Master of Education

Program Description

This MEd degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop counselling skills appropriate for counselling individuals across a variety of work settings. Students are encouraged to tailor their courses and practicum learning experiences to meet their particular learning goals. Examples of the types of goals for which suitable programs of study could be developed include counselling and psychotherapy with adults, college and university students, or older adults: career counselling; multicultural counselling; and counselling and psychotherapy in community mental health and family service settings. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Couns​elling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and as a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree of any background or discipline, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • At least one year of relevant experience.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​APD 1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)

    • APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE). The practicum placement is the supervised training component of this course.

    • APD 1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE; prerequisite: APD 1202H and co-requisite: APD 1203Y)

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)

    • APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)

    • APD 1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work or APD 1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives.​

  • A comprehensive examination. Upon completion of program course requirements, students must pass a written comprehensive exam of selected topics from the program curriculum and training.

  • Optional additional practicum, counted as one of the electives. Students may choose to complete a practicum (APD 1247H Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy) for an additional 250 hours of field placement concurrent with the required course (APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy). Arrangements for the practicum placement must be made in consultation with and the approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Find out more details

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

APHD: Counselling Psychology EdD, Counselling and Psychotherapy Field

Doctor of Education

Program Description

Counsellor training in this degree program emphasizes the role of the counsellor in the educational system, the acquisition of effective supervisory and consultative skills, and the development and assessment of student counselling services in addition to the advanced study of counselling theory and practice. Graduates will be prepared to take leadership positions in the field of educational counselling; as educators in colleges and institutes of education; as directors and coordinators of school guidance programs; as specialists in the provision of counselling-related, in-service training for school personnel; and as providers of advanced levels of personal counselling to school, college, and related populations.

This option will be especially attractive to individuals who have demonstrated a career commitment to the provision of counselling services in an educational and community setting. The EdD program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • Applicants must have the following to be admitted to the EdD program:

    • A bachelor's degree: an appropriate bachelor's degree of any background or discipline from a recognized university, with high academic standing.

    • A master's degree: an MA or MEd degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto with a grade of B+ or better, or its equivalent from a recognized university. The applicant must have had successful professional experience as a counsellor in an educational setting or in a related position. Applicants who hold an MEd or other non-thesis master's degree must submit evidence of their ability to identify a research question or problem, to design and conduct a research study or project, and to report the findings or results, all in a rigorous manner. This constitutes a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP).

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must take courses related to the development of competence in counselling theory and practice and to the development of research skills. Students must complete a minimum of 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including a practicum, internship, and doctoral dissertation as follows:

    • APD 1263H Research Methods for Clinical and Counselling Psychology (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3215H Advanced Psychotherapy Seminar (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3217Y+ Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 3270H EdD Internship (0.5 FCE): complete 500 hours of internship. All internship arrangements must be made in consultation with the Coordinator of Internship and Counselling Services.

    • One of the following:

      • ​​​​​​​​APD 3201H Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Psychology and Human Development (0.5 FCE) or

      • ​​​​​​​APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE) or

      • APD 3228H Mixed Methods Research Design in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

  • Optional additional practicum. Students may choose to take an optional continuous practicum (APD 3271H0 Additional PhD Practicum) in conjunction with the required doctoral practicum course APD 3217Y+ Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Find out more details.

  • Thesis. All students must develop, complete, and defend a doctoral dissertation in a Doctoral Final Oral Examination. The content of the dissertation research may address theoretical issues applicable to counselling concerns and practice, relate to the development and/or evaluation of programs in an educational or applied setting, or in some other way contribute to the development and practice of counselling psychology. The doctoral dissertation is supervised by a full-time faculty member in the Counselling Psychology program.

  • Residence. Each student must complete a minimum of one year of full-time, on-campus study, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

  • Students may begin their program on a full-time or part-time basis but must maintain continuous registration. They must register full-time for a minimum of two consecutive sessions of on-campus study, not including Summer. Once enrolled full-time, students must maintain continuous registration full-time and pay full-time fees until all degree requirements, including the thesis, are completed.

  • Normally, students cannot transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

5 years full-time; 7 years part-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 6 years part-time​

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

APHD: Counselling Psychology MEd, Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology Field

Master of Education

Program Description

This degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop skills appropriate for the field of mental health and counselling psychology. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of applied settings, including educational, vocational, and mental health globally. This degree program is ideally suited to students interested in an international perspective of mental health and counselling. This field will not lead to registration as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, nor will it provide registration with the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario. This degree is cohort based and must be pursued full-time.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • At least one year of relevant experience.

  • Normally, an interview is required prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​​APD 1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1228H Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1268H Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1277H Global Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1278H Cognitive Therapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1282H Introduction to Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1283H Peer and Video-Based Counselling With Practicum Field-Based Learning in Global Mental Health (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level (0.5 FCE).

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

APHD: Counselling Psychology MEd, Guidance and Counselling Field

Master of Education

Program Description

This degree program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and develop skills appropriate for the field of guidance and counselling in the schools. Strong preference for admission to this degree program is given to experienced teachers who are interested in specializing in guidance and counselling in the schools. The program of study provides students with the basic preparation for certification as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Students completing this MEd program may have their degree credited toward Parts I and II of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Specialist Certificate in Guidance. The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the additional admission requirements of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year, from a recognized university.

  • Teacher certification.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​​​APD 1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1203Y+ Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE). The practicum placement is the supervised training component of this course.

    • APD 1214H Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE; prerequisite: APD 1202H and co-requisite: APD 1203Y).

    • APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1261H Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1262H Educational Psychological Testing for Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1266H Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work (0.5 FCE).

    • 1.0 FCE in electives. 

  • A comprehensive examination. Upon completon of program course requirements, students will take a comprehensive examination of selected topics from the program curriculum and training.

  • Optional additional practicum. Students may choose to complete a practicum (APD 1247H Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy) for an additional 250 hours of field placement concurrent with the required course APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. Arrangements for the practicum placement must be made in consultation with and the approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Find out more details.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-t​ime​

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

APHD: Counselling Psychology MEd and EdD Courses, Counselling and Psychotherapy; Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology; Guidance and Counselling Fields

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services' course schedule.

​APD 1202H
Theo​ries and Techniques of C​ounselling​
​APD 1203Y+
​Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology
​APD 1204H
Personality Theories​
​APD 1207H
​Counselling Topics in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity
​APD 1214H
​Critical Multicultural Practice: Diversity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
​APD 1219H
Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology​
​APD 1228H
Individual and Group Psychotherapy: Families and Couples Counselling
​APD 1229H
Individual and Group Psychotherapy for Counselling​
​APD 1245H
Brief Strategies in Counselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1247H
​Practicum in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy
​APD 1252H
​Individual Reading and Research in Counselling Psychology: Master's Level
​APD 1253H
​Feminist Issues in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
​APD 1261H
Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1262H
​Educational and Psychological Testing fo​​r Counselling
​APD 1266H
Career Counselling and Development: Transition from School to Work​
​APD 1268H
​Career Counselling and Development: Transitions in Adulthood
​APD 1269H
Use of Guided Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 1275H
​Special Topics in Counselling Psychology (Master's​)
APD 1277H Global Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychotherapy
​APD 1278H
​Cognitive Therapy
APD 1282H Introduction to Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology
APD 1283H Peer and Video-Based Counselling With Practicum Field-Based Learning in Global Mental Health
​APD 1290H
Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychoeducation​
APD 2286H Global Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychotherapy
APD 2291H Introduction to Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology
​APD 2293H
​Interpretation of Educational Research
APD 2298H Peer and Video-Based Counselling With Practicum Field-Based Learning in Global Mental Health
​APD 3201H
Qualitative Research Methods in Human Development and Applied Psychology​
​APD 3202H
​A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences
​APD 3215H
Advanced Psychotherap​​y Seminar​
​APD 3216H
Seminar in Counselling Psychology: Part II
​APD 3217Y+
​Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology​
​APD 3228H
​Mixed Methods Research Design in Social Science
​APD 3253H
Individual Reading and Research in Counselling Psychology: Doctoral Level​
​APD 3258H
Special Topics in Counselling Psychology​
​APD 3268Y
Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology​
​APD 3269H
Research Seminar in Critical Multicultural Counselling and Psychotherapy​
​APD 3270H
EdD Internship​
​APD 3271H0
​​​Additional PhD Practicum
​APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Interprogram Courses

The following courses are accepted for credit in the Counselling Psychology program and will satisfy that program's specialization requirements. For descriptions, see the relevant programs.

APD 1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in AP&HD
​APD 1263H
Research Methods in Counselling and Clinical Psychology
​APD 3204H
Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​
​CTL 1602H 
Introduction to Computers in Education​
JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics​ (RM)
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design​ (RM)
​LHA 1105H
Introduction to Qualitative Research: Part I​
​LHA 1106H
​Introduction to Qualitative Research: Part II
​LHA 1109H
​Creative Empowerment Work with the Disenfranchised 
​LHA 1111H
​Working with Survivors of Trauma​
LHA 1173H Creativity and Wellness: Learning to Thrive

APHD: Developmental Psychology and Education MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings.

Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology. Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; developmental neuroscience; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care. The MA program is designed for students wishing to pursue an academic or research-based career.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with the equivalent of a University of Toronto A- or better. Although most applicants will have a degree in psychology, applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree in cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, or a helping profession such as occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, physiotherapy, nursing, social work, or another discipline relevant to their specific program of study are also eligible to apply for admission.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • APD 1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in Human Development and Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE)

    • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE) 

    • Two elective courses (1.0 FCE total) chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, which may include APD 2252H Individual Reading and Research (0.5 FCE).

    • Students who have not taken a previous course in human development are required to take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) or an equivalent.

  • ​In addition to their required 2.0 FCEs, students who have not taken a previous course in statistics are required to take JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics or an equivalent course.

  • Master's thesis. 

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

APHD: Developmental Psychology and Education MEd

Master of Education

Program Description

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings.

Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology. Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; developmental neuroscience; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care. The MEd program is designed for the reflective teacher or other practitioner in education or related fields. 

The MEd program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. 

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MEd program normally requires an appropriate bachelor's degree with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better.

  • Applicants normally possess a teaching certificate and have at least one year of relevant professional experience.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • ​​​APD 1200H Foundations of Human Development and Education​ (0.5 FCE).

      • ​APD 2293H Interpretation of Educational Research (0.5 FCE).

    • ​​​​2.0 additional FCEs must be selected from the department electives list, available on the departmental website or in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines.

    • The remaining 2.0 elective FCEs may be taken from within or outside the department. Elective courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Students are asked to meet with their faculty advisor in the first session of their program.

    • Students who have not taken a human development course in their undergraduate program must take APD 1201H Child and Adolescent Development as part of their 5.0 FCE (10 half-course) requirement.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

APHD: Developmental Psychology and Education PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers studies leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD degrees. Students have an opportunity to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings.

Students take foundation courses in human development and research methodology. Elective courses cover a range of areas including cognitive, social, and emotional development; cognition and instruction (language, literacy, and mathematics); special education and adaptive instruction; developmental neuroscience; advanced research methodology and evaluation; and early childhood policy and programs, including child care. The PhD program is designed for students wishing to pursue an academic or research-based career. 

The Developmental Psychology and Education program offers both a full-time and a flexible-time PhD program option. Applicants must declare the option for which they are interested in applying. The flexible-time PhD degree program is designed to accommodate demand by practising professionals for a PhD degree that permits continued employment in areas related to their fields of research. Degree requirements for the full-time and flexible-time options are the same.

PhD students have the option of completing an emphasis in Early Learning. Please see details below. 

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, an appropriate bachelor's degree and a master's degree in developmental psychology and education, cognitive psychology, applied developmental psychology, or child study, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the master's degree. Applicants with master's degrees in other disciplines such as adult education, anthropology, computer science, curriculum, philosophy, or a profession such as speech language pathology, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, or occupational therapy may be eligible to apply for admission, but may have to complete additional courses to fulfil master's-level requirements equivalent to the MA in Developmental Psychology and Education. Students who have not completed a master's thesis will be required to submit a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) prior to final admission to the program.

  • Required letters of recommendation and a second academic letter of recommendation.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​APD 3200H Research Proseminar in Human Development and Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in statistics and research methods from an approved menu.

    • 1.0 FCE from the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program menu.

    • 1.0 elective FCE.

    • The 3.0 FCEs are normally completed in Year 1 and should be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students who have an insufficient background in developmental psychology may have to complete additional courses.

  • ​A comprehensive examination. The purposes of the comprehensive examination are threefold:

    • To demonstrate the student’s ability to work independently within an area of concern in human development.

    • To gain knowledge of a new area, a new technique or method in a specified area in human development.

    • To demonstrate the ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a PhD student. 

  • Students have two options when fulfilling their PhD comprehensive requirements:

    • Option 1: Empirical Research Paper or

    • Option 2: Internship.

  • A thesis and Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, an appropriate bachelor's degree and a master's degree in developmental psychology and education, cognitive psychology, applied developmental psychology, or child study, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the master's degree. Applicants with master's degrees in other disciplines such as adult education, anthropology, computer science, curriculum, philosophy, or a profession such as speech language pathology, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, or occupational therapy may be eligible to apply for admission, but may have to complete additional courses to fulfil master's-level requirements equivalent to the MA in Developmental Psychology and Education. Students who have not completed a master's thesis will be required to submit a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) prior to final admission to the program.

  • Required letters of recommendation and a second academic letter of recommendation.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​APD 3200H Research Proseminar in Human Development and Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in statistics and research methods from an approved menu.

    • 1.0 FCE from the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program menu.

    • 1.0 elective FCE.

    • The 3.0 FCEs are normally completed in Year 1 and should be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students who have an insufficient background in developmental psychology may have to complete additional courses.

  • ​A comprehensive examination. The purposes of the comprehensive examination are threefold:

    • To demonstrate the student’s ability to work independently within an area of concern in human development.

    • To gain knowledge of a new area, a new technique or method in a specified area in human development.

    • To demonstrate the ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a PhD student.

  • Students have two options when fulfilling their PhD comprehensive requirements:

    • Option 1: Empirical Research Paper or

    • Option 2: Internship.

  • thesis and Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They must register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

 

Emphasis: Early Learning

Application to the emphasis is not required. Courses required for the emphasis are currently only available to students in the flexible-time PhD program. Note that full-time PhD students interested in the emphasis should consult the Graduate Coordinator.

  • Students wishing to complete the emphasis in Early Learning will include the following courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) in their overall PhD program:

    • APD 3200H Researching Proseminar in Human Development and Applied Psychology (​​​​​​0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3273H Researching Early Learning (0.5 FCE): an overview course of quantitative and qualitative methodology which meets the requirements of an intermediate or higher-level statistics course required of all Developmental Psychology and Education students).

    • APD 1211H Psychological Foundations of Early Development and Education (​​​​​​0.5 FCE) and APD 3274H Early Learning and Thesis Development (​​​​​​0.5 FCE), which together meet the 1.0 FCE requirement from the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program menu.

    • 1.0 FCE elective chosen in consultation with the student's course advisor.

  • Students who complete the emphasis requirements will receive a letter of completion from the department.

APHD: Developmental Psychology and Education MA, MEd, and PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services' course schedule.

​APD 1200H​
Foundations of Human Development and Education​​
​APD 1201H
Child and Adolescent Development​
​APD 1209H
​Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in Human Development and Applied Psychology
​APD 1211H
​Psychological Foundations of Early Development and Education
​APD 1217H
​Foundations of Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention with Children
APD 1233H Cognitive Development and Applications
​APD 1256H
​Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention
​APD 1259H
Family Relationships with Early Childhood Services and Schools​​
​APD 1272H
Play and Education​
APD 1280H Symbolic Development and Learning
​APD 1284H
Psychology and Education of Children and Adolescents with Behaviour Disorders​​
APD 1286H Foundations of Literacy Development for School Age Children
​APD 1289H
​Multivariate Analysis with Applications
​APD 1292H​
Instrument Design and Analysis​
​APD 1293H
Applied Research Design and Data Analysis​
​APD 1294H
​Technology, Psychology, and Play
APD 1295H Adolescent Mental Health: An Examination of Risk and Resilience
​APD 1296H
​Assessing School-Aged Language Learners
APD 1297H Mental Health in the Classroom: How Educators Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Students
APD 1298H Imagination, Reasoning, and Learning
APD 1299H Language Acquisition and Development in Early Childhood
​APD 2275H
​Technology for Adaptive Instruction and Special Education
​APD 2280H
​Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction
​APD 2292H
​Assessment for Instructio​n
​APD 2293H
​Interpretation of Educational Research
​APD 2296H
Reading and Writing Difficulties​
​APD 3200H
Research Pro-seminar in Human Development and Applied Psychology​
​APD 3203H
Children's Theory of Mind​
​APD 3225H
Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology
​APD 3272H
Early Learning Practice, Research, and Policy
​​APD 3273H
​Researching Early Learning: An Overview Course of Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology
​APD 3274H
Early Learning and the Thesis​
​APD 3275H
International Policy Perspectives on Early Learning​
​APD 3297H
​Biological and Psychological Foundations of Low Incidence Disorders
APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level
APD 6000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Doctoral Level
​JDS 1249H
​Social-Emotional Development and Applications
​JDS 3000H
​Advanced Methods in Developmental Science
​​JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics​​
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design
​JPX 1001H
​Parenting: Multidisciplinary Perspectives​​​

Individual Reading and Research Courses​

​APD 3252H
Individual Reading and Research in Human Development and Applied Ps​ychology: Doctoral Level​

APHD: School and Clinical Child Psychology MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The mission of the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program is to provide students with theoretical, research, and professional training in preparation for leadership in psychological practice with children, adolescents, and families in school, mental health, private practice, and research settings. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to train students to conduct basic and applied research and provide professional training in psychological assessment, therapy, and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation, and prevention.

Opportunities are available for research and professional work with infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and families. The degrees are intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) for registration as a Psychological Associate (MA) or Psychologist (PhD).

The curriculum of the SCCP program is designed to establish a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills early in the program, with students free to specialize later on. The program reflects a mix of courses and training opportunities.

A systemic approach is the basis for the training that is provided in assessment and intervention. The knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of school psychology and clinical child psychology overlap considerably, and experience in school and clinical settings complement and enhance each other. Therefore, over the course of the program of study, students are required to undertake practica in both school and clinical child settings.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology, defined as 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in child development and 1.0 FCE in research methods/statistics (of which at least 0.5 FCE must be at the third or fourth-year levels) and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second, third-, or fourth-year levels. The usual admission standard is equivalency to a University of Toronto A- or better.

  • Most applicants will have evidence of relevant professional experience and research experience.

  • Applicants are requested to submit, in addition to two academic references, a letter of recommendation from an applied setting.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 FCEs (including a practicum course) and a thesis.

    • ​​​APD 1202H Theories and Techniques of Counselling (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1205H Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1218H Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention (0.5 FCE). The practicum portion consists of 250 hours (one day a week from September to June) and is normally taken in a school setting.

    • APD 1236H Developmental Psychopathology (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 1285H Psychology and Education of Children with Learning Disabilities (0.5 FCE).

    • JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour from an approved course listing. Note: Students who have a 1.0 FCE in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour at the senior undergraduate level approved by the program may substitute an elective course for this requirement or a course in the Biological Bases of Behaviour or Social Bases of Behaviour menus, or APD 3204H, Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology.

    • 0.5 FCE elective course.

  • Thesis.

  • A listing of approved Cognitive/Affective, Social, and Biological bases of behaviour courses is available on the department website and in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines.

  • In addition to the above course requirements, students​ who have not taken a previous child development course in their undergraduate degree program will be required to take APD 1201H Childhood and Adolescent Development. Students who have not taken a previous statistics course or its equivalent must take JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics.

  • Students must achieve a minimum of A- in at least one of APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children and APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment, and must complete APD 1218H Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention in order t​o remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

  • Failure to meet these criteria will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time​​

APHD: School and Clinical Child Psychology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The mission of the School and Clinical Child Psychology (SCCP) program is to provide students with theoretical, research, and professional training in preparation for leadership in psychological practice with children, adolescents, and families in school, mental health, private practice, and research settings. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to train students to conduct basic and applied research and provide professional training in psychological assessment, therapy, and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation, and prevention.

Opportunities are available for research and professional work with infants, young children, adolescents, adults, and families. The degrees are intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) for registration as a Psychological Associate (MA) or Psychologist (PhD).

The curriculum of the SCCP program is designed to establish a strong foundation of core knowledge and skills early in the program, with students free to specialize later on. The program reflects a mix of courses and training opportunities.

A systemic approach is the basis for the training that is provided in assessment and intervention. The knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of school psychology and clinical child psychology overlap considerably, and experience in school and clinical settings complement and enhance each other. Therefore, over the course of the program of study, students are required to undertake practica in both school and clinical child settings.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • ​Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, an appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent and a University of Toronto MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology or its equivalent. The usual admission standard is equivalency to a University of Toronto A- or better in the master's degree. A limited number of outstanding applicants holding equivalent bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from elsewhere may be considered. However, if the master's program was not equivalent to the University of Toronto MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology, the student will be required to take additional courses to receive equivalent training.

  • 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) at the senior undergraduate level, or 0.5 FCE at the graduate level, in each of the following cognate areas: Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behaviour, Social Bases of Behaviour, Biological Bases of Behaviour, and History and Systems of Psychology.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 5.5 FCEs, including a doctoral practicum course and an internship course, as follows:

    • APD 3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3222H Approaches to Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3240H Advanced Social and Emotional Assessment Techniques (0.5 FCE).

    • APD 3241H+ Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention (normally taken in Year 2 of the program). The practicum portion of APD 3241H+ consists of 500 hours (two days a week from September to June) and is normally taken in a clinical setting. Students must complete APD 3241H+ in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

    • APD 5284Y​+ Assessment and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth, and Families (1.0 FCE).

    • APD 3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM) (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE from the Psychosocial Interventions course menu.

    • 0.5 FCE elective course.

    • APD 3242Y Internship in School and Clinical Child Psychology (1.0 FCE). The internship consists of a 1,600-hour placement, normally taken on a full-time basis over the course of a year in the final year of the student's program.

  • A comprehensive examination. The purpose of the SCCP comprehenstive examination is to:

    • ensure an adequate level of psychological knowledge for professional functioning as a practitioner, academic, and/or researcher.

    • demonstrate an ability to integrate information at the accepted standard for a doctoral student

  • A doctoral dissertation.

  • Students must have successfully completed all coursework, passed the comprehensive examination, and have their dissertation completed or well underway, prior to commencing their internship.

  • For each missing cognate course requirement (Cognitive/Affective, Social, or Biological Bases of Behaviour; see Admissions Requirements above), students are required to take a 0.5 FCE course from the applicable course menu, which can be found on the department website and in the Applied Psychology and Human Development program guidelines. Students may use their elective course to cover one of these requirements.

  • In addition to the above course requirements, students who have not taken a previous child development course must take APD 1201H Childhood and Adolescent Development. Students who have not taken a previous statistics course or its equivalent must take JOI 1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics.

  • Students must complete APD 3241H+ Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program.

  • Students who are required to take APD 1215H, APD 1216H, and APD 1218H in addition to other courses in the PhD (which is the case for most students coming into the program from elsewhere) must achieve a minimum of A- in at least one of APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children and APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment, and must complete APD 1218H+ Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention in order to remain in good standing and be permitted to continue in the program. Failure to meet these criteria will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student’s registration in the prog​ram.

  • Students must register annually and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Program Length

5 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

APHD: School and Clinical Child Psychology MA and PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Services' course schedule.

​APD 1202H
Theories and Techniques of Counselling​​
​APD 1205H
Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology​
​APD 1215H
Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children​
​APD 1216H
​Psychoeducational Assessment
​APD 1217H
Foundations of Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention with Children​
​APD 1218H+
​Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention
APD 1233H Cognitive Development and Applications
​APD 1234H
​Foundations of Cognitive Science
​APD 1236H
​Developmental Psychopathology
​APD 1237H
​Cognitive Development and Learning
​APD 1256H
Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention​
APD 1285H​
​Psychology and Education of Children with Learning Disabilities
​APD 1291H
Addictive Behaviours: Approaches to Assessment and Intervention​
APD 1295H Adolescent Mental Health: An Examination of Risk and Resilience
​APD 1299H
​Language Acquisition and Development
​APD 3202H
​A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences (RM)
​APD 3204H
Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology​
​APD 3205H
​Social and Moral Development
​APD 3221H
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Children's Problems​
​APD 3222H
​Approaches to Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan
​APD 3224H
Advanced Proactive Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Interventions​
​APD 3231H
​Psychodynamic Bases of Therapy
​APD 3240H
​Advanced Social and Emotional Assessment Techniques
​APD 3241H+
Seminar and Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Intervention​
​APD 3242Y
​Internship in School and Clinical Child Psychology
​APD 3243H
​Additional PhD Practicum in Assessment and Intervention
​APD 3255H
Systemic Family Therapy​
​APD 3260H
Psychodiagnostic Systems​
​APD 3286H
​Developmental Neuropsychology
​APD 3297H
Biological and Psychological Foundations of Low Incidence Disorders​
APD 5000H Special Topics in Applied Psychology and Human Development: Master's Level
​APD 5284Y​+
Assessment and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth, and Families​
​JDS 1233H
Cognitive Development and Applications​
​JHC 1251H
​Reading in a Second Language
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.