Educational Psychology – Graduate Certificate in Arts

Help students learn, develop and achieve. With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Educational Psychology), you can study educational psychology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students

Specialise in Educational Psychology for your Graduate Certificate in Arts at Massey

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.

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 can choose from a wide range of courses that reflect 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?

Further 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.

A Graduate Certificate in Arts in Educational Psychology is 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.

Planning information

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 Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

100-level prerequisites

When you are granted entry to the qualification, you are not required to pass any 100-level prerequisite course/s for the specialisation. You may need to apply for 200-level courses using the Special Request function in Course Enrolment in your student portal if your previous study was not completed at Massey. If you plan to take any electives in subjects such as Languages, Economics, Mathematics or Statistics, you will need to meet the 100-level prerequisite requirements.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses

Course code: 256201 Educational Psychology 15 credits

An examination of the contribution of psychology to an understanding of educational processes with a focus on the learner, learning processes and instruction. Issues of theory, research and application will be studied in a variety of educational situations.

Restrictions: 186230, 186201

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Course code: 256304 Positive Behaviour for Learning 15 credits

This course provides in depth exploration of the strategies and interventions for maintaining positive learning environments that support effective school engagement and achievement.

Prerequisites: 256201

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Course code: 263301 Learning and Motivation 15 credits

A study of contemporary theory and research on motivation in educational contexts with emphasis on implications for learning and for educational practice.

Prerequisites: Any 200-level course from Education

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Subject courses

Course code: 175210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology 15 credits

This course engages with the concept of culture, and its relevance and importance in a bicultural country such as Aotearoa. The interplay between non-Western cultural perspectives and the dominant form of psychology situated within a predominantly Western scientific paradigm, is explored. Indigenous perspectives in general and Māori worldviews specifically, are examined within and juxtaposed to, the discipline of psychology.

Restrictions: 175312

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Course code: 263331 Assessment and Learning 15 credits

Assessment concepts and procedures for learning and teaching, the construction and use of educational assessments, and contemporary issues in evaluation.

Restrictions: 186331

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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 qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Fees and scholarships

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

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).

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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QS Ranking - Psychology

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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