Educational Psychology MA, MEd
Our Educational Psychology Master's program leads to the Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Education (MEd) 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.
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 MEd programs meet TQS requirements for category upgrade.
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 masters degree in educational psychology at SFU does not prepare you for certification as a school psychologist with the BC Association of School Psychologists; a counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors; or registration as a Psychological Associate/ School Psychologist with the BC College of Psychologists. If you are interested in Counselling Psychology, please explore the Faculty of Education’s MA/MEd program in Counselling Psychology.
“Every course contributed something vital to who I am now as a researcher.” –Educational Psychology alumna Allanah Wallace shares her experience in the Master’s program.
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