School and Guidance Counsellors

(NOC 4143)

What do School and Guidance Counsellors do?

Educational, school and guidance counsellors advise students on educational issues, career planning and personal development and co-ordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff.

How to become: School and Guidance Counsellors

To be a counsellor in a school setting, you need a bachelor's degree in social sciences or education as well as some teaching experience and a teacher's certificate in the province/territory where you'll work. In Quebec, teaching experience and/or a teaching degree are not necessary but a master's degree in counselling is compulsory.

You usually need a master's degree in counselling, educational or developmental psychology, or social work;

and in Quebec, you must be a member of the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation et des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec.

To be an academic counsellor in post-secondary institutions, you need an undergraduate degree and you may also need a graduate degree with a particular academic specialization.

You may need a licence with a provincial/territorial regulatory body governing psychologists, guidance counsellors or social workers.

In order to obtain certification and/or professional liability insurance through a professional association such as the Canadian Counselling Association, the minimum requirement is a master's degree.

Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 1 in 4 has a graduate degree.

Where to study for a career as: School and Guidance Counsellors

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Education: Indigenous B.Ed (Concurrent) Bachelor
Education: B.Ed (Consecutive) Bachelor
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Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Concurrent Education Bachelor; Honours
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Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia, CA

Related Program(s):
Bachelor of Education Bachelor
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Tyndale University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Education Bachelor
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Memorial University – St. John’s Campus
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA

Related Program(s):
Education (Primary/Elementary) Bachelor
Education (Primary/Elementary) as a Second Degree Bachelor
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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