The general objective of the program is to develop scientific knowledge in the theories and applications of psychological and social processes that underlie teaching and learning.
The program is suitable for individuals working or planning to follow a career as educators. Educational psychology as an academic discipline is broadly defined as the study of learners, learning and teaching. Studies in educational psychology can inform the work of individuals working or wishing to work as educators in primary, secondary or tertiary education. It can provide the basic theoretical foundations to inform their teaching practice in order to improve student learning outcomes and help all students become the best they can be at an academic and personal level. A successful teacher is able to motivate students, manage the classroom, assess student’s prior knowledge, communicate ideas effectively, address individual student needs, develop appropriate teaching strategies and implement suitable assessment procedures. Teachers can develop these skills through understanding and applying relevant psychological and learning theories. The program aims at inviting educators see themselves as engaged learners, i.e. professionals who continuously seek to find and test better ways to help their students succeed. The central aim of this program is to enrich students’ understanding of how development (typical and atypical) and individual differences affect learning, as well as developing critical thinking in evaluating the appropriateness of teaching methods aiming at improving student learning. Another aim is to train students in the use of methodological and statistical tools in the investigation of contemporary issues of relevance to educational psychology.
Studies in this field can enrich the work of those working or planning to work as educators in primary, secondary or tertiary education by providing the theoretical foundation to guide teaching practice aiming at improving student learning outcomes so that they are able to help students develop academically and personally. More specifically, the MSc Educational Psychology develops students’ skills in understanding and using scientific research principles in teaching to improve teaching practice. It is an important qualification in the pursuit of promotion in the field of education.
Graduates of the program have been able to obtain jobs in the education sector, have used this degree to gain job promotions and/or have been accepted for doctoral studies in various higher education institutions.
Access to further studies
The program also prepares graduates for an academic career in the field of Educational Psychology through the option of conducting a Master’s Thesis. Completing a substantive piece of research work makes graduates wishing to pursue doctoral studies in Educational Psychology, Education or other cognate area very good candidates.