Educational Psychology M.Ed., MA


Our Educational Psychology Master's program leads to the Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

It blends studies of theories, empirical research, and research methodologies that lead to broad knowledge of the field of educational psychology and its relevance to education. The MA thesis and M.Ed. electives allow students to pursue specialized studies of educational psychology in areas such as social development, exceptionality, or reading.

Students may apply for transfer credit if graduate course work completed at another institution duplicates course work in this program. Courses are offered every term in the late afternoon/evening.

The M.Ed. program consists of the completion of a minimum of 35 units of core and elective course work and a Comprehensive Examination.

The MA program consists of the completion of a minimum of 30 units of core course work and a Master's thesis.

M.Ed. and MA students complete:

Year 1

Fall    EDUC 860-3    Contemporary Theory and Research in Educational Psychology

An advanced survey of core topics in educational psychology. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in educational psychology or a cognate field of psychology.

Fall    EDUC 970-3    Systems and Paradigms in Educational Psychology

A survey of major 20th century systems and paradigms that underlie research and theories in instructional psychology; addresses learning, cognition, motivation, methods of inquiry, and other cornerstones of the field.

Spring    EDUC 826-3    The Neurobiology of Language and Reading Development

The Neurobiology of Language and Reading Development Reviews theories of language and reading development for children with and without learning disabilities and the neurobiological evidence in support of these theories.

Spring    EDUC 842-3    Sociocultural Perspectives on the Psychology of Development and Education

Sociocultural criticisms of traditional views of psychological development and learning are examined, and alternatives advanced by an array of sociocultural theories and research pertaining to individual and collective development are explored with particular attention to their relevance for educational contexts, practices, and aims.

Summer    EDUC 805-3    Social Development in the School Context

This course involves an examination of theoretical, empirical and practical literature on social and emotional development in young children and its application to education and school settings.

Summer    EDUC 828-3    Instructional Practices for Inclusive Classrooms

Reviews policies and procedures intended to support learning of children with high-incidence disabilities in general education classrooms. Prerequisite: EDUC 826 or consent of the instructor.


Year 2

Fall    EDUC 810-3    Methods of Inquiry in Educational Psychology

An introduction to major paradigms of inquiry in educational psychology including their inherent assumptions, central concepts and dominant procedures. The practices of ethical scholarship and presentation and dissemination of knowledge in educational psychology are additional foci.

Fall    EDUC 863-3    Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Focus on critical analysis of quantitative research in education. Research studies examined will be based on exploratory and confirmatory data analysis, including group comparisons and correlations. Students will use calculators and computers for data analysis and display. Prerequisite: EDUC 810 or 864.

Spring*    EDUC 829-3    Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities

Selective issues important and current in the learning disabilities field are examined in depth. The objective is to enable students to master a significant body of knowledge in the learning disabilities field, and to identify areas of interest for their eventual thesis research. Prerequisite: EDUC 422.

Summer*    EDUC 876-3    Cognitive Intervention Research

Examines issues in research designed to enhance learners' cognitive processes. This research is subsumed under the broad term 'cognitive interventions,' which in turn, refers to research purported to increase learners' success in learning. The issues examined include the historical context, problems and prospects of cognitive interventions.

* M.Ed. students can take an additional elective

M.Ed. students also complete:

5 Elective Units

As approved by Senior Supervisor

EDUC 883-5    M.Ed. Comprehensive Exam

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

MA students also complete:

EDUC 898-10    MA Masters Thesis

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.

Program Faculty

  • Dr. Roger Frie Academic Coordinator: Educational Psychology M.Ed., MA, PhD

Program Application Deadlines:

Program Prerequisites:

A Bachelor degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses will normally be required for admission. Academic equivalency by country.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions on the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Program Format

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings. Classes tend to be held on our Burnaby campus.

Program Fees:

Fees for 2014/15

Tuition                              $1728.80/term

Other Fees
Recreation/Athletics          $71.06
Student Activity                 $63.59
Student Services               $42.64
Graduation(first 3 terms)   $12.00
Universal Transit Pass      $140.00 (Students who do not live in the GVRD and are registered in off-campus courses can apply for an exemption.)

Extended Health/Dental – for information please go to If students have existing extended health and dental coverage, an opt out process is required if no further coverage is wanted.

Interim primary medical insurance for International students - for information please go to

Tuition is reduced to $864.45/term from the 7th term onwards for Master's students. All other costs remain the same each term.

How to redeem Tuition Fee Credits

On leave fee $216.14/term

Fees are subject to change annually.  Please refer to the SFU Calendar for further information.

Admissions Contacts:

For admissions/course registration, contact Bridget Fox (; 778-782-4215). If Bridget is unavailable, contact other staff in the Graduate Programs office.

Information about financial support is available from the Dean of Graduate Studies Office.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.