Educational Psychology MA, M.Ed.

Important: Proposed changes to the program curriculum effective Fall 2017 (subject to Senate approval).

SFU Calendar has information about the current Educational Psychology Master of Arts program and the Master of Education program.

Date Time Location
Wed. Jan 11 5:00–6:00PM (PST) Online webinar / In person, SFU Vancouver

Careers with a grad degree in education go beyond K–12 classrooms
Graduate degrees in education aren't solely for teachers. A grad degree in Education at Simon Fraser University (SFU) can help you advance your career, no matter what that career is.


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.  

**Note:  We are in the process of approving changes to the 2017 program to shorten it significantly, so that MA coursework can be completed in 3 semesters, and M.Ed. coursework can be completed in 4-5 semesters. We will also be implementing an engaging new introductory Seminar course that will introduce new students to Faculty members in Educational Psychology and their areas of scholarly expertise.

Courses offered will vary slightly from year to year, and may include the following topics: social development, learning and motivation, developmental disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder), learning disorders, systems and paradigms in educational psychology, sociocultural perspectives on the psychology of development and education, and academic and social behaviour assessment in education (level-b testing).  Courses are offered every term in the late afternoon/evening.  Both the MA and M.Ed. programs meet TQS requirements for category upgrade.  Please see the Program Curriculum page for proposed courses to be offered in the 2017 Master's program.

Masters level graduate study in educational psychology enables students to investigate topics or questions pertaining to educational psychology and prepares student who would like to pursue doctoral studies in the subject area.  It is important to distinguish between educational psychology and school psychology, since they entail different degrees. A degree in educational psychology focuses on theories and research concerning human development, teaching, and learning relevant to educational contexts. This degree is useful for informing one's teaching practice or, with a doctorate in the discipline, becoming an educational researcher/scholar who works in a post-secondary setting or some other agency. This degree does not prepare you for becoming a registered school psychologist or a certified counselling psychologist. If you are interested in direct clinical practice, we encourage you to consider applying for the counselling psychology degree offered by the Faculty of Education.



Learn more about the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Funding Policy.

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.