Faculty of Education

The Master of Educational Psychology (MEdPsych)

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About the MEdPsych

Tegan Lynch

“The thing I have enjoyed most is to be able to focus my studies on the aspects of Educational Psychology that I am interested in – it is so easy to get enthusiastic about my studies when they are exactly what I want to be doing!"
Tegan Lynch

The Master of Educational Psychology programme prepares students to become skilled in educational psychology practices that can be used in education and workplace settings. The programme is designed to enable graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions to work alongside others in educational or workplace settings.

The courses will challenge and extend participants by providing ample opportunities to practise and develop skills in the field, under expert guidance. Using an inter-professional framework, students will also be well equipped to work as change agents within a range of community contexts and systems.

The programme prepares students to:

  • Critically analyse, apply and engage evidence-based practices in educational contexts
  • Participate as an active and effective member of learning and professional communities that are committed to making a difference to educational and workplace contexts
  • Demonstrate skills in the planning, execution and completion of original applied research
  • Analyse and develop the skills to use applied behaviour analysis as a pedagogical, assessment and intervention tool for working in educational settings.

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Entry Requirements

Prior to enrolling in the MEdPsych programme students should:

complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development (PGDEPD) from Victoria University of Wellington including: EPSY 512, EPSY 513, EPSY 501 or equivalent with an average grade of B for all course work, apart from EPSY 501 which will require a minimum of B+. One optional course EPSY 505, 506, 508, or 521, or equivalent courses.

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Programme Structure

The following courses are compulsory courses for the MEdPsych:

  • EPSY 514 Educational Psychology Assessment*
  • EPSY 515 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators
  • EPSY 516 Applied Research Project

The courses are delivered by either weekly or block workshops/lectures. All courses have a large and compulsory online component. The applied research project is supervised by an academic staff member.

(Please note: To apply for the PGDipEdPsychPrac you will need to attain a B+ average in the MEdPsych).

*Students will be required to travel to schools in the Wellington region as a part of this course.

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  • Part time: two years.
  • Full time: one year.

Students must complete the MEdPsych within two years and six months of first enrolling in it (five years for students studying part time). The Associate Dean may give permission to extend the study period or take a leave of absence from the programme.

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How To Find Out More

For information about the Master of Educational Psychology contact:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Education
Level 8, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade
Kelburn Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: pgeducation@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz/education

Check the online Course Finder for more information about postgraduate courses. For additional information about some of the work of Educational Psychologists in New Zealand, visit the Ministry of Education website for their brochures on the work of educational psychologists.