Education Counsellors 

Education counsellors provide both social/personal counselling and vocational/academic counselling.

Work: Education counsellors: , Counsel students on course/program selection, timetables/scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems, and study habits/skills; Counsel students on career exploration/planning, vocational issues, job search strategies/skills, using a wide range of educational/occupational information; Counsel students in crisis situations and on personal/social issues such as substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, sexuality, self-esteem, family problems, relationship/interpersonal skills, and anger management; Consult with teachers, parents, faculty, psychologists, speech therapists, social workers, school administrators, and community agencies; Co-ordinate co-op and school-to-work transition programs (when available) and the provision of counselling/information services such as career information services and professional development sessions for students, parents, teachers, faculty, and staff; Administer and interpret standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude, and interest tests; Develop and may co-ordinate study-skill groups/workshops, student orientation, and recruitment activities for graduates and co-op students in universities/colleges; May supervise field experience of graduate counselling students or teach regular classes.

Title Examples: Education Counsellor, Guidance Counsellor, Personal Counsellor

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Math, Social Studies

Degrees associated with this career: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Requirements: 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 Québec, 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 Québec, 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.

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  1. priyank says:

    hi . i am a graduate with science background. Can you please suggest any institute that can provide Bachelors in Education by distance learning programme. I have heard there are some 1 yr courses as well. thanx

    • Anamika says:

      Hi Priyank,

      There are many Distance Learning Universities that have 1 year BEd course.

      Here is the comprehensive list:

      1.Kota Open University (KOU), Kota, Rajasthan
      2.Bharathiar University – School of Distance Education madiana college
      4.haryana university thomas college
      6.hindu college
      7.Himachal Pradesh University International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning , Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
      8.Annamalai University Directorate of Distance Education (DDE)
      9.Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, Karnataka
      10.Netaji Subhas Open University
      11.U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University
      12.Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University
      13.K. K. Handique State University
      14.Nalanda Open University
      15.Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU
      16.Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University
      17.Pt.Sunderlal Sharma Open University
      18.Kakatiya University School of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
      19.Annamalai University Directorate of Distance Education (DDE)
      20.Panjab University Department of Correspondence Studies, Chandigarh
      21.Jamia Millia Islamia Centre for Distance and Open Learning (JMI-CDOL), Delhi
      22.Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education, Rohtak, Haryana
      23.Himachal Pradesh University International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning
      24.Andhra University School of Distance Education (AUSDE),
      25.Bharathidasan University – Center for Distance Education
      26.Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
      27.Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, Karnatak
      28.Jamia Millia Islamia Centre for Distance and Open Learning (JMI-CDOL), Delhi
      29.Maharshi Dayanand University Directorate of Distance Education, Rohtak, Haryana
      30.Annamalai University Directorate of Distance Education (DDE)

      To help you in further shortlisting, below 5 Universities are among the best know of them.

      Annamalai University (
      Madurai Kamaraj University (
      Jamia Millia Islamia (
      Kurukshetra University (
      Kakatiya University (

      Kindly let me know if you have any more queries.

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