Faculty of Education

Education and Psychology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the Faculty of Education and School of Psychology.


This interdisciplinary BA major in Education and Psychology is for students who have an interest in these disciplines, but may not wish to complete separate majors in both Psychology and Education (which would require considerably more points than the 360 needed for the BA degree).

Students in the major are required to take a 'core' set of Psychology (PSYC) courses, and Educational Psychology and Pedagogy (EPSY) courses, and may complete the balance of the major requirements through their preferred combination of other PSYC and/or other Education courses (EPOL, EPSY, FEDU and KURA).

The individual courses are taught by the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science, but the degree is offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prospective students should note that this major does not automatically lead to postgraduate study towards a career as an educational psychologist, and should seek course advice from the Faculty of Education if this is what they wish to pursue.

From 2014 students will not be able to do a double major in Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Psychology (PSYC) or Education and Psychology (EDPS) and Education (EDUC).

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Undergraduate information

Education and Psychology major requirements

  1. EPSY 141 or 142; PSYC 121 or 122; STAT 193
  2. EPSY 243 or 244; PSYC 232
  3. EPSY 342 or 343; PSYC 325
  4. 30 further points from EPOL, EPSY, FEDU, KURA or PSYC 200-399
  5. 30 further points from EPOL, EPSY, FEDU, KURA or PSYC 300-399

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Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study for Education and Psychology can be found at Postgraduate Study.

Please note: A BA major in Education and Psychology does not fulfil the prerequisites for entry to Psychology for Honours.

For information about postgraduate study in Educational Psychology contact:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Education
Level 2, Waghorn Block
Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Education courses are taught in the Faculty of Education.

School of Education (SEDU)
Level 3, Malcolm Block, Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Fax: 04-463 9521
Email: sedu@vuw.ac.nz

Faculty of Education (Student and Academic Services Office)
Level 2, Waghorn Block
Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz

Psychology courses are taught within the School of Psychology, Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6, Easterfield Building.

School of Psychology—Te Kura Matai Hinengaro
Reception Level 6, Easterfield Building
Phone: 04-463 5373
Email: psychology@vuw.ac.nz

The BA degree is administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Level 4, Murphy Building, Room 411
Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus
Phone:  04-463 5745
Email: fhss-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Career Opportunities

Education Māori Pasifika and Indigenous 
Education Majors for the BA

Applied researcher
Community education
Education researcher
Policy analyst
Professional education
Social work
Training and development

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List of courses

100 Level Courses

EPSY 141 – Human Development and Learning

EPSY 142 – Understanding Behaviour: Working with People

PSYC 121 – Introduction to Psychology 1

PSYC 122 – Introduction to Psychology 2

200 Level Courses

EPSY 243 – Educational Psychology

EPSY 244 – Issues in Human Development

PSYC 232 – Research Methods in Psychology

300 Level Courses

EPSY 342 – Educational Psychology: Diverse Learners

EPSY 343 – Youth and Life Challenges

PSYC 325 – Advanced Research Methods in Psychology