School Psychology

Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education 
Faculty of Education 

Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (MA and M.Ed)

Information accurate as of: June 06th 2016. Retrieved from the Faculty of Education website. For further details, please visit: http://ecps.educ.ubc.ca/school-psychology/

School Psychology 01

(Credit: UBC Faculty of Education)

The School Psychology program prepares graduate students to become psychologists who work in schools, academic, research, community and private practice settings. The primary goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists whose research, training and practice activities increase the educational and psychological wellbeing of children and youth. Training encompasses academic, social, behavioral, consultation, intervention and prevention domains, and students receive training in the integration of assessment and intervention and in relevant professional, legal and ethical issues.

The main difference between the MA and M.Ed programs is that students in the Master of Arts (M.A.) program have additional coursework in statistics and complete a research thesis.

Note: The M.Ed. program in School Psychology will be modifying its admissions process, such that we will not be admitting M.Ed. students every year. This impacts the coming admissions cycle for 2017-2018, for example, as we will not be accepting M.Ed. applications.

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • Prerequisite Courses: a minimum of 18 credits in Psychology, Educational Psychology or Special Education and related disciplines,
  • Statistical Coursework: Course work in statistics, and research methodology
  • Professional Experience: evidence of suitability for professional work with school-aged populations, including successful work experience with school-aged populations, school-based experience and/or teacher certification.
  • Research Experience: A. applicants are required to submit additional documentation that outlines their prior research experience, as well as potential research interests.
  • Mandatory Criminal Record Checks:  All School Psychology students MUST have a criminal record check completed through the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Teacher Education Office prior to the start of classes.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitiate (CV)
  • GRE Scores: Applicants for all SCPS programs (M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D.) are required to complete the GRE with minimum scores of 153 in verbal and 144 in quantitative or 500 in both verbal and quantitative categories for GRE administrations.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the School Psychology Graduate Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For more information about the Aboriginal Admissions process, please contact Alex Allen (alex.allen@ubc.ca) at SCPS.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Alex Allen
Graduate Program Assistant (HDLC, SCPS, SPED)
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
The University of British Columbia
Scarfe Office Block 2523
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604.822.5351
E-mail: alex.allen@ubc.ca

Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education 
Faculty of Education 

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)

Information accurate as of: June 06th 2016. Retrieved from the Faculty of Education website. For further details, please visit: http://ecps.educ.ubc.ca/school-psychology/

School Psychology 03

(Credit: UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy)

The PhD program in school psychology is designed to prepare psychologists who can serve as practitioners and supervisors in the field, trainers of school psychologists, researchers, and leaders in school psychology. The primary goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists whose research, training and practice activities increase the educational and psychological wellbeing of children and youth. Training encompasses academic, social, behavioral, consultation, intervention and prevention domains, and students receive training in the integration of assessment and intervention and in relevant professional, legal and ethical issues.

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • Masters Degree: students normally possess a M.A. in School Psychology equivalent to the requirements of the UBC M.A. program. Prerequisites not met prior to entry may be included in the doctoral program of study.

Find detailed information on SCPS PhD program prerequisites, applicant summary and student characteristics.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitiate (CV)
  • GRE Scores: Applicants for all SCPS programs (M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D.) are required to complete the GRE with minimum scores of 153 in verbal and 144 in quantitative or 500 in both verbal and quantitative categories for GRE administrations.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the School Psychology Graduate Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For more information about the Aboriginal Admissions process, please contact Alex Allen (alex.allen@ubc.ca) at SCPS.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Alex Allen
Graduate Program Assistant (HDLC, SCPS, SPED)
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
The University of British Columbia
Scarfe Office Block 2523
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

Tel: 604.822.5351
E-mail: alex.allen@ubc.ca