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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