Educational and developmental psychologists focus on how people develop and learn throughout their lifetime. They work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of settings and have varying roles such as school psychologist, guidance officer, and child and adolescent counsellor. They conduct psychological and educational assessments and instructional planning for exceptional children, adolescents and adults.The Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fifth and sixth-year sequence in psychology and prepares graduates to practise as educational and developmental psychologists in settings including schools, health and welfare services, care facilities, and within business environments.
The course develops you as an independent specialist with a professional commitment to lifelong learning and application of the theoretical, research, assessment and therapeutic skills related to educational and developmental psychology.
You will develop advanced understanding of, and the skills associated with:
- human developmental stages and processes throughout the lifespan - psycho-educational assessment and treatment approaches for problematic or atypical development - advanced therapeutic counselling process and the cycle of effective intervention and change - contemporary models of exceptionality and inclusion - evidence-based intervention and treatment programs for psychological problems and psychopathology across the lifespan - contemporary research and theories of abilities, personality and psychopathology - ethical, cultural and professional issues - administering and reporting a range of essential psycho-educational assessment instruments for assessing abilities, personality and adjustment of children through to adults
In addition you will apply theory to practice with 1000 hours of supervised professional placements in a range of settings.
In undertaking a research thesis, you will develop an evidence based approach to psychology, carrying out reviews and scientific investigations relevant to the theory and practice of educational and developmental psychology.
As a graduate, you will be qualified to register as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). You will also meet most requirements for membership of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.
The course is structured in two parts, Part A. Applied academic studies in psychology and Part B. Clinical placement in psychology.
PART A. Applied academic studies in psychology (72 points) These studies will advance your knowledge and skill development for psychology practice. Guided by sound ethical principles, and through collaborative participation in coursework lectures and workshops, you will develop both expert knowledge of psychology across the lifespan and your critical thinking skills for professional practice.
You will also undertake research, developing as a scientist-practitioner, as you carry out reviews and scientific investigations relevant to the theory and practice of educational and developmental psychology. This will culminate in a 12 - 16 000 word research thesis, involving an independent empirical investigation of a high scientific standard.
PART B. Clinical placement in psychology (24 points) These studies are practicum placements across a variety of settings where you have the opportunity to apply theory to practice under the supervision of experienced specialist practitioners. You will complete three supervised placements totalling 1000 recorded hours of practical experience.
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