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Educational Psychology Minor

Educational psychology makes theoretical and experimental inquiries into how students learn from instruction, how they acquire and express motivation in educational settings, and how they develop skills in school subjects and for learning. This program also studies how this first line of inquiry contributes to designs for instructional experiences that promote a full spectrum of achievements.

The minor consists of required courses that develop a broad background in educational psychology supplemented by electives. For a teaching career, it provides a research based foundation in the psychology of teaching and learning underlying a professional studies program. For others, it articulates applied psychology serving one of our society’s most important aims, education of people of all ages.

Lower Division Requirements

Students must complete

EDUC 220 - Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)

A survey of educational research and theories concerning motivation, learning, development, and individual differences in classroom settings. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jeff Sugarman
Jeff Sugarman
Mo, We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D104 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D107 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D108 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D109 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D110 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D111 Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education

and one of

EDUC 222 - Research Methods in Educational Psychology (3)

An introductory survey of research methods used in developing and testing theories in educational psychology. Illustrations are drawn from published research in educational psychology. Corequisite: EDUC 220. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 John Nesbit
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
PSYC 201W - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

An introduction to the procedures used in psychological research, and to the logic underlying them. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences, the measurement of effects, and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Provides a background for senior psychology courses since it offers a basis for the critical evaluation and conduct of research. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or 102. Students with credit for PSYC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Shawn Tan
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D102 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D107 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D108 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D109 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D110 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D111 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D112 We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D113 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D114 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete all of

EDUC 315 - Individual and Developmental Differences in Language Acquisition (3)

A review of theories of language acquisition and their relationship to child communication disorders. Topics include: theories of language acquisition; individual and developmental differences in language acquisition; language structure and use in children with diverse disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, sensory disabilities and emotional and behavioral disabilities, interdisciplinary approaches to early intervention in the home, school and community. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250 or LING 100. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Maureen Hoskyn
EDUC 320 - Instructional Psychology (3)

Examines theories of instruction and research about learning, motivation, individual differences, and social environments as foundations for designing instruction. Topics include: models of cognition; models of motivation and beliefs; metacognition, self-regulated learning, and learning skills; problem solving and transfer; cognitive processing models of instruction in mathematics, science, social studies, reading and composition. Prerequisite: EDUC 220.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Daniel Chang
Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SRYC 3200, Surrey
EDUC 322 - The Social Lives of School Children (3)

An overview of theory, research and practice concerning social emotional development and social interactions and relationships in the school context. Emphasis on the role of peer relationships in development and the role of the school in supporting positive interactions. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robyn Ilten-Gee
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby
OL01 Jessica Hunter
EDUC 327 - Self, Psychology and Education (3)

A critical examination of theoretical and empirical programs of inquiry in educational psychology that are concerned with the self (e.g., self-esteem, self-concept, self-directed or self-regulated learning). Students will participate in a wide-ranging seminar that considers topics such as the relationship between personal and social being, historical perspectives on the self, the formation of social identity, the roles of memory, imagination, and narrative in selfhood, the development of agency and self, and education and personhood. Prerequisite: 60 units, including EDUC 220.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jeff Sugarman
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby

and one of

EDUC 422 - Learning Disabilities (4)

A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Day/Time Location
OL01 Distance Education
EDUC 428W - Nature and Nurture of Gifted Students (4)

Conceptions and misconceptions related to the nature and education of individuals with extraordinary abilities will be introduced. Implications for teaching and learning will be examined. The nature and feasibility of curriculum differentiation, flexible pacing, and other educational options for these students will be critiqued. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/2 or EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU Criminal Records Check. Writing.

EDUC 464 - Early Childhood Education (4)

Current trends, issues and research relating to the education of young children. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or PSYC 250 or corequisite EDUC 403.

Section Day/Time Location
OL01 Distance Education