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Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Educational psychology: learn, develop, achieve

With a Massey BA (Educational Psychology), you will become involved with the understanding and promotion of learning and development.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

With Massey’s BA (Educational Psychology) you will explore lifelong ako/learning and teaching through an understanding of cultural, cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional aspects of learners and teachers.

At Massey, educational psychology is:

  • The application of Western and Māori psychological knowledge in education and human development
  • A science that seeks to understand, and an art that seeks to apply those understandings in the real world, to help learners realise their potential.

You will learn about the complex relationships between learners and their environment. You can choose from a wide range of courses that reflects the diversity of psychology and education.

The types of questions you will consider in the BA (Educational Psychology) include:

  • How can we make learning more effective?
  • What are the social mediators of thinking, learning and development?
  • How can teachers best meet the learning needs of a diversity of learners?
  • What factors help ensure educational success?
  • How do we support development of positive behaviours for learning?
  • How do we reduce learning difficulties?
  • How do we best support learners with disabilities?

Educational psychology looks at what supports and hinders learning, and informs policy and practice in education systems. Massey’s BA (Educational Psychology) will equip you with transferable skills that include research, analysis, communication and problem-solving.

This qualification can be a strong foundation for postgraduate qualifications in teaching, psychology and educational psychology.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have ever wondered how people come to understand their world and how they learn
  • Are interested in applying psychological understandings in educational settings to enhance learning
  • Want to make a positive impact for tamariki/children, rangatahi/youth, and whānau/family in schools and other educational contexts


You could find yourself working in:

  • Education and special education
  • Youth support and mentoring
  • Youth justice support
  • Community organisations with an education and/or community support focus
  • Psychology (as a psychologist with additional postgraduate study)

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