Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology

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Become an educational psychologist

Massey University’s selected entry post-masterate Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is your pathway to becoming an educational psychologist.

What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is a one-year internship that provides a framework for supervised professional practice. Successful completion of this programme will deem you eligible for registration as an educational psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Dynamic learning experience

With a strong bicultural teaching pedagogy, which embeds Matauranga Māori, as well as the ability to complete your internship in a variety of places including schools, DHBs, the Ministry of Education or youth justice, you’ll develop a strong notion about what it means to be an educational psychologist in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll benefit from our flexible approach to learning and be able to explore the areas you’re passionate about.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to work within an inclusionary framework
  • Wish to be exposed to a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and practical applications in educational, community and workplace settings
  • Are keen to meet the needs of bicultural New Zealand communities while becoming qualified to work with multicultural populations in a global context
  • Want to use the latest research evidence to develop and apply interventions to meet  the  needs of learners from infancy to adulthood
  • Are keen to have opportunities to practise and develop your skills in the field, under expert guidance
  • Wish to be a change agent in a range of community contexts and systems
Michele Blick
Educational psychologist

“I felt that my knowledge and skills increased at an exponential rate…”

Early in my teaching career I had a child in my class who had been diagnosed with autism. I realised that I had limited knowledge of how to meet his needs and felt that it was my responsibility to address the gaps in my knowledge.

I began studying via distance at Massey University. The flexibility has allowed me to continue working and parenting my four children while studying.

The lecturers in my programme have been accessible and supportive. They have created robust and relevant programmes and it is apparent that they enjoy their work. The block courses have given me opportunities to build professional and personal connections with the lecturers and other students.

The programme was rigorous, stimulating and challenging. I felt that my knowledge and skills increased at an exponential rate, particularly during my internship year. In addition to developing a broad range of knowledge and skills, I grew as a person, becoming more self-aware as a result of deep reflection.

My studies had a strong emphasis on ensuring that my practice is grounded in psychological theories, models and frameworks that are relevant in the New Zealand context rather than relying solely on Western psychology frameworks.

The training prepares graduates to work systematically, ecologically and collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds, and with a range of professionals and agencies. The work is varied, multidimensional and stimulating as it involves working with individuals, groups and whole systems. So many doors are open to educational psychologists such as working in the youth justice system, community organisations, schools, NGOs, and private practice.

Careers

The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is your pathway to becoming an educational psychologist. Successful completion of this internship programme will deem you eligible for registration as an educational psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

What does an educational psychologist do?

All psychologists are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and are then registered under different scopes of practice (such as clinical, general, education). On successful completion of this programme you’ll become a registered psychologist, and be prepared for the education scope of practice. Being an educational psychologist is a varied and multi-dimensional job that reflects an interest in supporting others to learn and live. Educational psychologists are a unique professional group who have in-depth understanding of psychology, education and learning.

There is a demand for educational psychologists in New Zealand. If you enjoy people, love learning, and are creative, this is an exciting profession. It leads to a vast range of professional opportunities in the areas of learning, assessment, leadership and management in educational and workplace settings.

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