EDUC 5551
Introduction to Secondary School Counselling

3.0 Credits

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6048.


A study of counselling as related to secondary school practice. Emphasis is on the secondary counsellor's role and functions.

This course examines the role and functions of secondary school counsellors, with particular attention to their involvement with counselling and consulting in the areas of educational, career, and personal/social development. A comprehensive and developmental approach will be used in studying how to establish a guidance and counselling program in secondary school settings.

Delivery Method

Online, Paced.


Admission to an approved graduate program in counselling.


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply and assess the areas of personal/social development, educational development, and career development to secondary school guidance and counselling services;
  • Justify the role of the secondary school counsellor in the broad spectrum of education in our society;
  • Construct a comprehensive and developmental guidance and counselling program based on the needs of a particular school;
  • Evaluate the use of data and conceptualize data-informed decision-making models in guidance and counselling service delivery;
  • Recognize and maintain ethical boundaries;
  • Act upon legal limitations related to privacy legislation and the Public Schools Act in BC;
  • Construct curricular learning outcomes to infuse guidance and counselling services into the daily routine of students in secondary schools;
  • Conceptualize the role and function of school counsellors within the student support team design;
  • Assess the implications of mental health issues within schools;
  • Defend the importance of counsellor self-care;
  • Differentiate between the counsellor's role in working with parents, staff, administrators and the community; and
  • Utilize technology required in counselling programs.

Course Outline

EDUC 5551: Introduction to School Counselling includes the following 12 lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction and Orientation
  • Lesson 2: School Counselling-- Understanding the Profession
  • Lesson 3: The School Counsellor-- Ethical Practitioner
  • Lesson 4: The Foundation and Framework of School Counselling Programs--From Position to Program
  • Lesson 5: Comprehensive School Counselling Programs
  • Lesson 6: Data Driven Decision-Making
  • Lesson 7: The School Counsellor--Effective Leadership
  • Lesson 8: The School Counsellor--Effective Team Member
  • Lesson 9: The School Counsellor as Advocate
  • Lesson 10: The School Counsellor: Know Thyself
  • Lesson 11: The School Counsellor as Responsive Leader
  • Lesson 12: The School Counselor as Professional

Maximum Completion

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Davis, T.E. Exploring School Counseling: Professional Practices and Perspectives. 2e. Cengage, 2015.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-285-73616-7
  1. Picoult, J. Nineteen Minutes. Center Point, 2007.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 743496736

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. You can order the text through the TRU Bookstore at A textbook list will be provided with a registration package when you are eligible to register. If you have any questions please contact the MEd program at

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final project and 70% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.

Assignment 1: Student Interview 15%
Assignment 2: Movie Analysis 5%
Assignment 3: Video Project (including peer feedback) 25%
Assignment 4: The Use of Data 10%
Assignment 5: Counsellor Interview 15%
Assignment 6: Discussions 10%
Final Project * 20%
Total 100%