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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Help students learn, develop and achieve

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology), you can study educational psychology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of educational psychology. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in educational psychology if you wish.

Get transferable skills

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

With Massey’s educational psychology programme you’ll explore lifelong ako/learning and teaching through an understanding of cultural, cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional aspects of learners and teachers.

Applied learning

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.

A wide choice of courses

You’ll 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’ll consider in 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 the development of positive behaviours for learning?
  • How do we reduce learning difficulties?
  • How do we best support learners with disabilities?

Progress to postgraduate study

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 Graduate Certificated in 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
  • Want to help tamariki/children, rangatahi/youth and whanau/family


With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) 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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