4033 Educational counsellors
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Lead statementEducational counsellors advise current and prospective students on educational issues, career planning and personal development, and co-ordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff. They are employed by school boards and post-secondary educational institutions.
- academic counsellor
- career counsellor – education
- student services counsellor
- school counsellor
- student employment services co-ordinator
- A bachelor's degree in counselling, career development, education or social sciences is required for counsellors in school settings.
- A master's degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work is usually required.
- Educational counsellors in post-secondary settings require an undergraduate degree and may require a graduate degree. A particular academic specialization may also be required.
- In Quebec, membership in L'Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation et des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec is mandatory to use the title ''counsellor''.
- A teacher's certificate in the province of employment and some teaching experience is usually required for counsellors in school settings.
- Educational counsellors in colleges and universities may require licensing from a provincial regulatory body governing psychologists, educational counsellors or social workers.
- Elementary school counsellors generally provide more social and personal counselling whereas academic counselling is provided more by high school counsellors.
- Educational counsellors in colleges, universities and other settings may specialize in academic, career or personal issues counselling.
- Employment counsellors
- Family, marriage and other related counsellors
- School psychologists
- Secondary school teachers
- Social workers