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Career and Guidance Studies

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

Are you interested in career and guidance work for elementary and secondary schools? This Post-Degree Certificate program is tailored to meet the learning/academic needs of practicing teachers and those in related professions who are employed in, or wish to be employed in, career and guidance roles. Guidance education pertains to supporting your students in their career, social and personal growth by using a strength-based, developmental perspective.

Please note: this program is not available to international students.

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Admission requirements

Candidates for the Post-Degree Certificate in Career and Guidance Studies must have:

  • a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) or an equivalent degree in the human service field (as approved by the program Coordinator and Department Head)
  • at least one year of classroom teaching experience or equivalent in a human service-related setting
  • two professional references (that will be contacted by the Coordinator)

Note: All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

How to apply

For September Start
Application opens March 1 and closes July 31

For January Start
Application opens August 1 and closes November 30

  • If you are a current or returning student, you may begin an application in the Admissions channel in PAWS.
  • If you are new to the University of Saskatchewan, you will need to create your own temporary login ID and PIN to begin an online application.
  • A $90 CDN non-refundable application fee is required before your application will be processed.

After you've submitted your online application, you'll also need to submit the following document via email to ccgs.inquiries@usask.ca:

  • Current CV or resume outlining your classroom teaching experience or equivalent in a human service-related setting

In addition, you will need to arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you've attended (other than the University of Saskatchewan) to be sent to:

Post Degree Certificate in Career and Guidance Studies
College of Education
28 Campus Drive, RM 3350
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1


For more information about this program, contact ccgs.inquiries@usask.ca

Career and Guidance Studies: Is it for you?

This program is flexibly designed for teachers and human service providers, and can be taken on a part-time basis while you work. It offers a combination of distance and face-to-face learning with continuous enrolment options so you can study as your schedule allows. It is also designed to meet current gaps in knowledge and skills for people in, or wanting to work in career and guidance roles. The program incorporates skills-development in communication, career development and decision-making, ethics in school and educational contexts, and a special project in Career and Guidance Studies.

This program also includes an aboriginal/cultural foundations course and has an emphasis on experiential learning, so you can immediately apply acquired knowledge to practice.


Program Requirements: Total 30 credit units

Nine 3-credit unit courses
One elective 3-credit unit 300, 400 or 500-level course from Education, Arts and Science or Kinesiology.

Required Courses - 27 credit units

  • EPSE 416.3: Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling
  • EPSE 417.3: Introduction to Theories of Counselling
  • EPSE 441.3: Introductory Statistics in Education
  • EPSE 525.3: Career Development and Decision-Making
  • EPSE 526.3: Ethics in School and Educational Settings
  • EPSE 527.3: Skills for Effective Interpersonal Communication
  • EPSE 540.3: Collaboration Proceses and Contexts
  • EPSE 529.3: Individual Project in Career and Guidance Studies
  • Approved Electives: 300, 400 or 500-level course with emphasis on social and behavioural arts and/or sciences (i.e. College of Education, College of Arts and Science, College of Kinesiology courses)

Note: Students entering the program having already completed any of the above courses will be required to take equivalent credits of approved electives. When choosing electives, students take responsibility for ensuring that they have the appropriate prerequisites or permission from the instructor(s).


Career opportunities

If you already have your Bachelor of Education (or an equivalent degree) and are currently employed in the K to 12 school system, this program will enhance your career. The Post-Degree Certificate in Career and Guidance Studies meets the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board’s requirements for an Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC) in Career and Guidance Studies, which will allow you to move up the STF salary grid.

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