Applications for the 2023 intake of the M.Ed. Counselling program are accepted until December 2022. All components of the application package MUST be received and/or clearly postmarked no later than December 15th, 2022. (Please note that this is an extension of the December 1 deadline and applies to this year only).
Note for 2023 Part-Time Cohort Applicants:
The School of Education is pleased to partner with the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) to respond to the shortage of school counsellors in our province. Our Part-Time 2023 cohort will be exclusively open to applicants who are eligible and interested in pursuing school counselling positions in Nova Scotia. Spaces will be allocated proportionate to regional need. Applications will still undergo a rigorous review and interview process and candidates will be selected based on eligibility and fit for the program. Priority will be given to qualified applicants currently working in Nova Scotia educational contexts with active teaching licenses. Should additional spaces be available, consideration will be given to applicants coming with teaching licenses from other provinces. The M.Ed. in Counselling admissions committee reserves the right to make professional choices around the constitution of the cohort based on regional needs balanced with the quality of applications.
M.Ed. Counselling application files are assessed by the School of Education faculty during the months of January and February. Short-listed applicants are normally interviewed in March and April. Generally, applicants can expect to receive a decision through the Status Portal by the end of April.
The M.Ed. Counselling program begins on the Acadia University campus the first week in July for both full-time and part-time cohorts.
All courses for the full-time cohort are offered on campus. Members of the part-time M.Ed. Counselling cohort will complete courses on the Acadia University campus in July over three consecutive summers. The remaining courses will be delivered in Halifax and are generally offered Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the fall, winter, and spring semesters.
All students who are enrolled in the M.Ed. Counselling program at Acadia University must complete a full-semester, full-time practicum. Before being permitted to register in the practicum, each student must submit original records of the results of a Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Search, and Child Abuse Register Search. If any of these search results raise a concern about a potential risk to clients, the student will not be permitted to register in the practicum. Because the practicum is required for successful completion of the M.Ed. Counselling program, non-eligibility to undertake a practicum means that the student would not be able to complete the program or graduate. Prospective applicants are advised to give serious consideration to this caveat before applying to Acadia's Master of Education in Counselling program.
Practicum is scheduled in the fall semester for part-time cohorts and in the winter semester for full-time cohorts. Students are at the practicum site Monday through Friday. Because of supervision requirements established by external regulation, all practicum experiences must be undertaken concurrently with registration in EDUC 5066, which is a practicum course offered in the form of group supervision. Classes are held on weekends (typically two classes per weekend over six weekends). During the four-month practicum period, students accrue professional experience at their practicum site and receive supervision both from the site supervisor and in their group supervision class.
Students are required to be at the practicum site full-time for four months and to attend all classes for the practicum course in person. This is an unpaid practicum. Given that Nova Scotia is a small, predominantly rural province, students may require a vehicle and should be prepared to commute to a practicum site. Practicum placement likely will not be in Wolfville given the limited availability of sites and appropriate supervisors, and so students must be prepared for placement outside of the Annapolis Valley and Kings County reach.