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Develop your expertise
Massey’s Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology will develop your expertise in working with others to enhance wellbeing for all.
If you’re keen to understand your own learning, the multiple dimensions of learners in their formal and informal learning contexts, and the complex environments and settings we learn in, the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is for you.
As a leader in education, a teacher, an educator, or someone working in the community, this programme will develop your expertise, understanding and empathy in working alongside others. You’ll use contemporary assessment, learning, and change processes and tools. We have a strong bicultural programme to represent our context of Aotearoa New Zealand and our inclusive multicultural society.
The programme emphasises the need to apply educational psychology critically to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people, as well as those who work alongside them. There is a strong focus on ‘child voice’, learner identity, and young people’s rights to be involved in matters that affect them. The programme foregrounds a child’s rights focus and adheres to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).
Your Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology can lead to numerous career opportunities. You could be employed in a leadership role in educational contexts. That may be in schools, EC centres, community providers or government bodies.
The Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is a pathway programme to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology internship.
This is accredited with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and enables you to become a registered educational psychologist.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology you will have:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
Successful completion of the Master of Educational Psychology or the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology will not give automatic entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship).
Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology (the internship) is by selected entry only. To be eligible to apply for this internship, you will have a GPA of B+ or higher in your master’s qualification.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
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 Degree including:
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.
Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
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|256702||Ahurei: The Psychology of Unique Differences||15|
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|256703||He Taiao Ako: Psychology of Educational Settings||15|
|256704||Waiora: Psychology of Wellbeing and Ako||15|
|256705||Whanaungatanga: Psychology of Relationships in Ako||15|
|256706||Whakapiki: Psychology of Change and Development||15|
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The Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
To be able to progress from Part One to Part Two you must have maintained a B+ grade average over Part One courses.
This qualification is awarded without a subject.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
If you are studying part-time, the research methods courses are prerequisites for undertaking research in Part Two of the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. It is recommended that you complete your research methods courses just prior to undertaking your research, and following your content courses.
If you have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) or the Postgraduate Diploma Resource Teacher: Literacy (RTLit), with a grade average of at least a B, or equivalent, you will follow a flexible course of study which will consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:
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.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 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).
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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.
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.
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:
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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.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.