Get the skills and knowledge you need to help people with social or learning difficulties in a range of educational settings.
You'll have the opportunity to develop and practise your skills under the expert guidance of world-class researchers and practitioners.
Explore a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and their practical applications in educational, community and workplace settings. The programme has a bicultural focus and is tailored to meet the needs of New Zealand communities. However your studies will also prepare you to work in multicultural communities and overseas.
The Faculty of Education offers a research-based Master's programme and the practice-based Postgraduate Diploma that leads to registration as an educational psychologist. You need to complete the Master's before applying to study the limited-entry Diploma programme. The programme includes supervised practice as an intern psychologist and allows you to become a Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
The Faculty of Education has a strong focus on research that enhances theoretical and evidence-based educational psychology policy and practice. You'll benefit from collaboration across education and psychology disciplines, and with the education sector.
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You'll study 10 compulsory courses over two or more years. In Part 1, the first year, you'll examine research methods and evidence-based practice, and take courses covering cultural issues in educational psychology, what motivates people to learn, and how to assess those with education difficulties.
In Part 2, you'll explore mental health in young people and how to promote positive behaviours, and study counselling and applied behaviour analysis. You'll also complete a practical research project.
You need to complete this qualification to apply for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice (PGDipEPP).
Study to become an educational psychologist. During this one-year programme you'll complete 1,500 hours of supervised practice. You will be placed in an education setting, usually with the Ministry of Education, where you'll gain 1,200 hours of experience. The remaining 300 hours will be spent one day a week with a community service provider such as an early childhood centre, youth support organisation or other social service.
The Ministry of Education determines where the national internship placements will be depending on supervisor availability and local need, so you may need to be prepared move to another location for your internship.
You'll also take four compulsory courses on campus, covering assessment and intervention, the role of the educational psychologist, and professional practice in both education and community settings.
When you've completed the PGDipEPP, you'll be able to register as a general scope psychologist or as an educational psychologist.
The MEd Psych takes two years of full-time study. If you are studying part time, you must complete the MEdPsych within four years.
The PGDipEPP takes place from January to December including a two week mid-year break. While it is normally carried out full-time over the year, it is possible to complete the course of study part-time over two years, but you'll need to discuss this with the programme director before you apply.
If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.
You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.
An educational psychologist might focus on doing research or creating and implementing programmes that can help young people learn more effectively. You could work in a school or for the Ministry of Education, or you may plan to run your own practice providing services to both the public and private sector.
MEdPsyc graduates might go on to PhD study, or work in educational agencies that need specialised educational psychology knowledge and skills.
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Create a fairer education system
The Master of Educational Psychology builds the capacity of educators to be inclusive, adaptable and meet the individual needs of each student to ensure that the education system works for all.
Massey University’s Master of Educational Psychology will strengthen your teaching practice and support your career as an educator. This professional practice qualification gives teachers, school leaders and school psychologists a greater depth of understanding about the factors that support or hinder learning. You’ll explore this from an ecological viewpoint and consider everything including the teachers, environment and other external influences that affect and influence a child’s learning.
Whether you want to develop your current skillset as a teacher or school psychologist, steer into educational psychology research as part of a PhD, or follow the pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology Internship, the Master of Educational Psychology is a great fit. It sets you up to work with and support children with disabilities and learning and behaviour difficulties. Our programme fosters inclusive education assessment and intervention, collaborative practice with teachers and whanau, and differentiation of teaching for individual learning needs. These principle areas will enable you to pursue the areas you’re passionate about.
Our Master of Educational Psychology is the only programme of its kind available to study New Zealand wide. Along with several on-campus block courses at our Auckland campus in Albany, you can complete your master’s from the comfort of your own home or working environment. Our 50 years of experience in providing world-leading distance learning means you’ll be supported and cared for at every step of the way.
With a Master of Educational Psychology you can look at a whole range of careers that help and support people. Some of these are:
The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help you work effectively as an educational psychologist with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals.
This course, together with the Stage 2 Qualification in Educational Psychology, (Scotland) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), meets the requirements for registration as an educational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The course takes 24 months and is available on a full-time basis only. Entry is offered every two years, with an intake in September 2015, 2017 and so on.
There is a balanced mix of teaching and practical work in both years of the course. In the first year, you'll spend time:
In the second year, the focus shifts to an 'apprenticeship' role. You’ll tackle the work of an educational psychologist under the supervision of your practice tutor. There’s also an individual project to complete.
In Year 1, after an initial three-week block placement, trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) spend two days per week on placement with a local authority Psychological Service in Scotland, working on case studies and assignments. You’ll also work with children, young people and families across the key roles for an educational psychologist of consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research.
You’ll undertake three further two-week block placements: two in educational psychological services (one of which must be in Scotland but the second of which could be abroad) and the third in another form of community-based service (which, again, could be abroad).
Our staff have had textbooks and papers on frameworks for educational psychology practice, assessment and implementation science, on the key reading lists of all educational psychology training programmes in the UK, contributing to international conferences.
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
It’s a Stage 1 Qualification which allows graduates to undertake the Society’s Stage 2 Qualification in their first year of practice as probationers in Scotland.
This meets the requirements for registration as Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council and allows you to work as an educational psychologist in the UK.
We use the following teaching methods to develop academic and professional skills and knowledge:
Individual tutorials are held three times each 10-week term, normally for 30 minutes, on dates specified in advance. They provide opportunities for discussion of practical issues arising from placements, clarification of questions arising from seminars and workshops and discussion of any administrative matters. Additional tutorials are available on request.
Teaching takes place in the University on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time. You spend Thursdays and Fridays in your long-term placements with a psychological service. Wednesdays are study days.
Academic learning outcomes are assessed through:
Professional practice learning outcomes are assessed through:
This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and educational psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and can lead to further study at doctoral level.
Students will develop in-depth knowledge of specialised research skills, and be able to use a broad range of methods to critically appraise and conduct rigorous research in the field. Students learn how to assess the contribution of psychology to policy goals and how to evaluate education policies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework examination. Coursework involves small exercices conducted throughout the module, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Developmental and Educational Psychology MSc
Graduates of this programme are currently working as researchers in the public and private sectors or are engaged in PhD study.
Recent career destinations for this degree
This programme provides valuable preparation either for doctoral study or for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science - students learn from leading researchers in the field.
For the fourth year in succession the IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians; and prize-winning authors.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Psychology & Human Development
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD) is a full-time postgraduate training programme that is three years in length. Upon completion, you will hold the recognised qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to become an Educational Psychologist.
Based in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, successful completion of this three year, full-time postgraduate training programme will give you the skills and competencies required for HCPC registration that enables you to practise as an educational psychologist.
For more infomraiton on the course, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology
Interested in finding out more? UEA have an open day for the Doctorate of Educational Psychology coming up on Friday 27 October 1-3pm. For more details and how you can register, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology
As one of only four educational psychology courses in the country, our highly regarded Master of Educational Psychology will prepare you to work as a registered psychologist supporting individuals with developmental and learning issues.
The course will provide you with valuable skills in counselling, psychological assessment, research methods, intervention, group work, consultation and multidisciplinary team work.
The course offers:
Educational psychologists work in a variety of ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in an educational context. This three-year doctoral training programme, approved by HCPC and BPS, will enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and application of theory, empirical evidence and interventions at the core of the professional practice of educational psychology.
Core modules include Learning and Development, Emotion and Behaviour, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, small-scale and applied research projects and a research thesis. Further modules are linked to placement learning and the development of a casework portfolio.