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Educational Psychology

Master of Arts

Through studies of theories, allied empirical research, methods of inquiry and professional practice, the program provides a foundation of knowledge across fundamental areas of educational psychology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education.

Program Requirements

This program consists of courses and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units.

Students must complete

EDUC 810 - Methods of Inquiry in Educational Psychology (3)

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.

EDUC 841 - Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)

A required seminar for first-year students in master programs in Educational Psychology that is also open to graduate students from any program of study. Each week we will explore seminal topics in Educational Psychology. Weekly meetings will consist of guest lectures by faculty members in Educational Psychology, group activities, and writing workshops.

and one of

EDUC 860 - The Learning Sciences and Education (3)

Theories and research about cognition, metacognition, motivation and self-regulated learning; applications to educational practice. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in educational psychology or a cognate area of psychology.

EDUC 970 - Systems and Paradigms in Educational Psychology (3)

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.

and one of

EDUC 805 - Social Development in the School Context (3)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Robyn Ilten-Gee
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
EDUC 842 - Sociocultural Perspectives on the Psychology of Development and Education (3)

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.

and one of

EDUC 829 - Contemporary Issues in Learning and Developmental Disorders (3)

Selective issues important and current in the fields of learning and developmental disorders are examined in depth. The objective is to enable students to master a significant body of knowledge in these areas and to identify areas of interest.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM

and a thesis

EDUC 886 - MA Thesis (15)

The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or critically examine new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms. Students must also orally defend a written thesis proposal to their supervisory committee members prior to completing and defending the thesis. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 TBD
G002 TBD

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within nine terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.