Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology are detailed on the regulations button. All applicants must make an online Selected Entry application and be selected onto the programme. The closing date for applications is 3rd October 2017 for the 2018 intake.

Applicants must:

  • have achieved at least a B+ average over a completed Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology or a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Psychology (or equivalent) and
  • have completed at least 60 credits of approved psychology courses including at least 45 credits at 200 level or higher and
  • meet all requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board for registration as an Intern Educational Psychologist and
  • meet the requirements as set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board, in terms of good character and fitness to be registered and
  • have access to a suitable psychology practice context and professional supervision for the duration of the programme.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
  • personal statement / cover letter
  • a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification on the Checklist
  • a copy of a police report from every country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals.
  • two examples of professional writing (portfolio)
  • contact details of two referees
  • Skype address (if your interview must be carried out by Skype)

Further details of these requirements can be found below.

Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is determined by a selection committee that meets in early November. The purpose of the selection is to determine academic background and experience of applicants to undertake professional training in educational psychology.

An interview may be required. Criteria for selection for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology programme are as follows:

  • Met all the entry requirements for the PGDipEdDevPsych programme.
  • Professional background and related experience: Applicants should have relevant background experience in education and hold an appropriate professional qualification.
  • Availability of supervision and professional support: While the intention is to make the programme widely available throughout New Zealand, selection will be dependent upon availability of supervision and appropriate settings for work experience.

If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.

Curriculum vitae

Please provide a full CV including details of your education and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports. Please ensure this includes evidence of sufficient background experience.

Personal statement / cover letter

Please supply a statement providing articulation what you can bring to the role of an educational psychologist including your personal philosophy/philosophies about education, and learning and development in the context of Aotearoa.

‘Good character and fitness’

Successful completion of this programme and your internship leads to membership of the NZ Psychologists Board. To become a member, you must meet the NZ Psychologists Board’s criteria for membership. If there are any circumstances in your past personal or professional life that you disclose as a part of your application, these will be assessed during the selection process and are confidential to the University staff assessing your application.

Portfolio of professional writing

Please provide a maximum of two documents that show evidence of professional writing (for example, professional or academic reports, problem analysis case study reports or publications).

Referees

We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

Interview

If your application meets the expected criteria, you may be required to attend an interview.

Interviews are held in Auckland and by Skype. You will be advised of the date, time and venue of your interview and you are welcome to bring Whanau or support people to the interview if you choose.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Transition

All candidates commencing study towards the PGDipEdDevPsych on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations
Candidates who commenced study towards the PGDipEdDevPsych prior to 1 January 2017 may choose to transfer to these regulations or continue under previous regulations, but in either case must satisfy all requirements as specified by the end of 2019.

Planning your programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is an integrated programme and students will normally be enrolled concurrently in all four courses. Most students complete the programme in one year (full-time study). In exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of the Academic Board or their delegate, the supervised practical work may be completed part-time over two academic years.

Delivery

Delivery of the PGDipEdDevPsych is by Block Mode with compulsory or campus (Auckland) block workshops. The third block workshop is usually held in the same city/town as the annual New Zealand Psychological Society conference.

Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology structure

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology, students must pass 120 credits. To find out how to plan your study and to see the courses that are necessary to complete the programme, please see the regulations button. If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.

To qualify for the diploma, every student shall complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate supervised full-time practical work for a period of one academic year, in accordance with the requirements of the courses included in the schedule to the diploma.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Courses

256.841 Case Study Analyses (30 credits)
256.843 Professional Practice Examination Process (30 credits)
256.844 Advanced Professional Practice (30 credits)
256.846 Discipline Knowledge, Scholarship & Research (30 credits)

Majors or endorsements

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is awarded without specialisation.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology may be awarded with distinction or merit.


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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