Educational Psychology MA, M.Ed.
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.
Graduate studies in educational psychology explore the application of psychological knowledge to educational issues, theory, and practice. Self-regulated learning, culture, socio-emotional development, motivation, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, reading, emerging educational technologies, and methods of investigation are just a sampling of the topics examined in our small dynamic classes. Many of our doctoral graduates have secured academic positions in major universities and colleges, while other of our doctoral and master’s graduates have assumed or returned to professional roles in schools or government, or are employed in research and development jobs in the private sector. Our program also attracts practicing teachers and resource teachers interested in deepening their content specific understandings of current research and approaches in educational psychology.
Please note that a graduate degree in educational psychology does not prepare you for certification as a counselling psychologist, registration as a school psychologist, and courses in this program do not meet the requirements of most school districts to work as a district resource teacher. If you are interested in counselling psychology, please explore our Faculty’s master’s program in counselling psychology. If you are interested in meeting district requirements to become a resource teacher, please refer to the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education. SFU does not currently offer a program in school psychology.
Lorraine Wood-Gaines Educational Psychology M.Ed. alumna and university instructor
Learn more about the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Funding Policy.
Information about financial support is available from the Dean of Graduate Studies Office.