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.
- Graduate, NZQF Level 7
- Auckland, Manawatū
- 1 year part-time. Not available for full-time study.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of educational psychology. You can use it to study another subject area without completing a second bachelor’s degree.
Get transferable skills
Educational psychology looks at what supports and hinders learning, informing policy and practice in education systems. Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) will equip you with transferable skills that include research, analysis, communication and problem-solving.
You’ll explore lifelong ako/learning and teaching through an understanding of the 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.
A wide choice of courses
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 all 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?
Careers and further study
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).
This qualification can be a strong foundation for postgraduate qualifications in teaching, psychology and educational psychology.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
From the Schedule to the Certificate including:
From your endorsement with at least 30 credits of these at 300 level
From the Schedule
- Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level
Courses for this specialisation
|256304||Positive Behaviour for Learning||15|
|263331||Assessment and Learning||15|
|175203||Introduction to Psychological Research||15|
|175205||Brain and Behaviour||15|
|175206||Memory and Cognition||15|
|175210||Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology||15|
|175306||Assessment of Individual Differences||15|
|249284||Introduction to Equity and Inclusion in Education||15|
|249384||Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Education||15|
|263301||Learning and Motivation||15|
|263315||Teaching and Learning in Everyday Settings||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.
Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.
This qualification will provide you with a pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Educational Psychology).
It does not, however, meet requirements for 60 credits of undergraduate psychology courses for entry to the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Additional psychology courses will be needed for this.
Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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 whānau/family.
Accreditations and rankings
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.