Diploma in Education – Guidance Studies

Diploma in Education – Guidance Studies


The Guidance Studies Diploma offers teachers and other professionals background information and basic skills and concepts in school guidance work. It is intended for those who wish to do guidance work (excluding individual and group counselling) in elementary and secondary schools. Those desiring a position in a school system are required to be qualified teachers. This program can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Core Courses

  • CNPS 362 Basic Interviewing Skills (3 credits)
  • CNPS 363 Career Counselling (3 credits)
  • CNPS 364 Family Education and Consultation (3 credits)
  • CNPS 365 Introduction to Theories of Counselling (3 credits)
  • CNPS 426 The Role of the Teacher in Guidance (3 credits)
  • CNPS 427 Guidance: Planning and Decision-Making (3 credits)

For a total of 21 credits

Elective Courses

  • CNPS 433 The Personal and the Social Development of the Adult (3 credits)
  • Faculty of Arts - Any approved 300 or 400-level course
  • Faculty of Education - Any approved 300 or 400-level course


  • Faculty of Science - Any approved 300 of 400-level course

For a total of 9 credits.

  • A 4-year, 120-credit UBC bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants meeting the program’s requirements are admitted in the order applications are completed and until all available seats are filled. An application is time-stamped as being complete the moment the university receives an applicant’s application form, and application fee payment, and all required supporting documents. Please note that meeting requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Only those students in the Diploma in Guidance Studies who have completed 19 credits in the program will have priority enrollment in CNPS 362.

Find out more information about how to apply and register.

For the most up-to-date information on this program, including admissions information and program requirements, please visit the UBC Calendar.

Apply via the Teacher Education Office


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This program is offered by the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology.