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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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is a one-year internship. It 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.
Being an educational psychologist is a varied and multi-dimensional job and 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.
All psychologists are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. They are then registered under different scopes of practice (such as clinical, general, education).
The programme has a strong bicultural teaching pedagogy, which embeds matauranga Māori. You’ll have 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 understanding of what it means to be an educational psychologist in Aotearoa New Zealand.
You’ll benefit from Massey University’s flexible approach to learning and you’ll be able to explore the areas you’re passionate about.
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.
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.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) you will:
You will need to provide the following documents:
If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 5 October 2020.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) 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.
Criteria for selection for the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) programme are as follows:
If you have any short or long-term disabilities including a learning disability or health issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. 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.
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.
This statement should articulate 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.
Successful completion of this programme and your internship leads to membership of the New Zealand Psychologists Board. To become a member, you must meet the New Zealand 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.
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.
Interviews will take place Monday 19 October and Tuesday 20 October. You are welcome to bring whānau or support people to the interview if you choose. An interview by Skype is available for those applicants not able to be at Albany (Auckland). You will be asked to indicate your preference if you are shortlisted.
You will be required to undergo a number of safety checks. These include 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 information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Diploma
Supervised full-time practical work for one academic year.
Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is awarded without specialisation.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) is an integrated programme, so you 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 of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology is by distance mode – you will be required to attend some compulsory on-campus contact workshops.
To qualify for the diploma, you will need to 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.
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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