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Programme Description

This programme offers specialised training in guidance and counselling for professionals in education and social service arenas such as counsellors, guidance professionals, frontline teachers and social workers. Courses are structured systematically to help participants to acquire a broad range of theories and skills and to apply them in diverse settings and populations. The programme’s training orientation emphasises the integration of theory and practice and personal / professional growth and development. Students can focus on one of the following streams.

 

Specialised Streams and Focus

  1. Counselling – Application of individual and group counselling practices in diverse human service systems
  2. Comprehensive guidance – Design and implementation of systematic guidance and counselling programmes in schools
  3. Special needs – Understanding of and help for students / other individuals with specific behavioural and emotional needs

 

Practicum

Individualised practicum experience is a core feature of this programme. All students are required to obtain counselling practicum experience at the Professional Educational Psychology and Counselling Service located in the Faculty of Education or through an approved agency / organisation.

 

Who Should Apply?

Applicants should be counselling teachers, special-needs coordinators in schools, social workers, frontline teachers, practising / aspiring counsellors, or other educational and helping professionals who want to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to work with individuals with diverse needs.

 

Applicants should hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or an equivalent educational qualification and / or have relevant professional experience deemed acceptable (e.g. counselling-related experience).

Programme Requirements

(1) Coursework Requirement

Students are required to complete a total of 24 units according to the requirement of specialization concerned for graduation.

(a) Counselling
(i)
Required Courses
SGCL 6101, 6103
6 units
(ii)
Specialization Courses
SGCL 6102, 6104-6105, 6201-6202, 6410
12 units
(iii)
Elective Courses
2 courses from: SGCL 6203, 6301, 6401-6409, 6501
3 units
(iv)
Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401*, 6402*, 6403-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405.)
(*Recommended if student has not taken any postgraduate level research course)
3 units
(b) Comprehensive Guidance
(i)
Required Courses
SGCL 6101, 6103
6 units
(ii)
Specialization Courses
SGCL 6102, 6104-6105, 6202, 6301, 6501
12 units
(iii)
Elective Courses
2 courses from: SGCL 6302, 6401-6410
3 units
(iv)
Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401*, 6402*, 6403-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405.)
(*Recommended if student has not taken any postgraduate level research course)
3 units
(c) Special Needs
(i)
Required Courses
SGCL 6101, 6103
6 units
(ii)
Specialization Courses
SGCL 6202, 6408, 6501, 6504-6506, 6508
12 units
(iii)
Elective Courses
2 courses from: SGCL 6105, 6301, 6401-6407, 6409-6410, 6502
3 units
(iv)
Methods of Educational Research
2 courses from: PEDU 6003-6004, 6401*, 6402*, 6403-6406
(There are pre-requisites for PEDU 6404 & 6405.)
(*Recommended if student has not taken any postgraduate level research course)
3 units

 

(2) Other Requirements

(a) A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.

(b) Students must fulfill the Term Assessment Requirement of the Graduate School. A student who obtains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 in the preceding term will be put on academic probation. For details, please refer to Section 13.0 “Unsatisfactory Performance and Discontinuation of Studies” of the General Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies which can be accessed from the Graduate School Homepage: http://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/.