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This programme offers specialized training in guidance and counselling for professionals in education and social services, such as counsellors, guidance professionals, frontline teachers, and social workers. Courses are structured systematically to help participants acquire a broad range of theories and skills and to apply them in diverse settings and populations. The training orientation of this programme emphasizes theory and practice integration, as well as personal/professional growth and development. Students can focus on one of four streams.
Specialized Streams and Focus
- Counselling – Application of individual and group counselling practice in diverse human service systems.
- Comprehensive Guidance– The design and implementation of systematic guidance and counselling programmes in schools.
- Special Needs – Understand and help students/individuals with specific behavioral and emotional needs.
- Specific Learning Difficulties – Understand and help students/individuals with specific learning-related needs or difficulties.
Individualized practicum experience is a unique feature of this programme. All students are required to complete a counselling practicum experience at the Department of Educational Psychology Counselling Service, or at an approved agency/organization.
Primary Area of Study
- Graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or
- Graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
- Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.
- applicants should
1. have obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent education qualifications, and / or relevant experience deemed acceptable (eg. working experience in counselling);
2. be counselling teachers, special-needs coordinators in schools, social workers, frontline teachers, practicing / aspiring counsellors, and other educational and helping professionals who want to develop knowledge and skills in working with individual with diverse needs;
3. pass an entrance examination or interview conducted by the Graduate Division of Education