Educational psychology is relevant across the lifespan. It covers areas as diverse as early childhood development to learning issues, mental health programs and careers advice.
Psychologists who want to specialise in educational psychology canpursue a career in a wide range of settings, including early childhood centres, schools, tertiary colleges and universities, either as staffmembers or as private practitioners.
Educational psychologists deal with:
problems of attachment and concerns with development in early childhood
learning, including giftedness, learning difficulties and disabilities
challenges arising from transition and adjustment throughout the lifespan
relationships, including conflict in adolescence
sexuality issues and drug involvement
parenting and work transition for adults
school programs and professional development for teachers and in school systems.
Master of Educational Psychology
a four-year degree with an upper second class Honours;
an equivalent qualification in psychology which renders the applicant eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society
Master of Educational Psychology/ PhD
a degree with first class Honours in psychology from a university or tertiary institution approved by MGSE, or equivalent
There are two course options:
Master of Education Psychology (312AA)
for students who wish to qualify as practitioners
Master of Educational Psychology - 312AA course and subject details are available in the University handbook.
Master of Education Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy (G02AA)
for students who wish to qualify as practitioners while developing advanced research skills.
Master of Educational Psychology/ Doctor of Philosophy - G02AA course and subject details are available in the University handbook.
Both courses cover counselling, assessment, research methods, intervention, group-work, consultation and multidisciplinary team work.
The courses also offer:
practicum placements in a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, early learning centres, colleges and community settings
student-centred reflective learning and curriculum
programs that are highly relevant to schools and grassroots education practices.
Both courses qualify graduates to practice as a registered psychologist and become a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Graduates can work in a range of settings including:
schools, as a psychologist or a student welfare teacher
agencies treating children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
the Department of Human Services and other government agencies
clinics and private psychological practice.
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