Master of Psychology - Educational and Developmental

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) program is a fifth and sixth year psychology degree open to graduates of an accredited fourth year program. Students will acquire knowledge and skills for professional practice and research in educational and developmental psychology. Students further develop ethical values, knowledge and professional skills in psychology, integrated by the scientist-practitioner model. Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists or skilled researchers in a range of institutions and agencies providing psychological and mental health services.

Structure

160 Credit Points. During the course, students complete three practicum placements. The first practicum usually occurs in the on-campus training clinic. During this placement students gain experience in assessment, diagnosis and therapy under close individual and group supervision conducted by experienced psychologists. All supervisors meet PsyBA requirements for registration as an endorsed higher degree supervisor. During the second year of the course, most students complete two six-month external placements, again under supervision by a fully endorsed Educational & Developmental psychologist. Practicum options include placements in the Catholic Education Office, Department of Education, schools, early intervention services, Disability services, and in non-governmental and private practice settings.

Subjects

  • Educational and developmental psychology

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree with honours in accredited psychology course with minimum of IIA honours
  • Or a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in psychology
  • Or Bachelor degree with accredited three year major study in psychology and satisfactory completion of an additional year of accredited study in psychology, or equivalent, with an overall mark equivalent to IIA Honours
  • Or qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee
  • And demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory: academic referee report
  • Professional referee report
  • And interview with the selection committee
  • And be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.

Recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Study pathways

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $54,192 No No information available

Further information

Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists or skilled who work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of settings and have varying roles such as school psychologist, guidance officer, and child and adolescent counsellor. They may conduct psychological and educational assessments and instructional planning for exceptional children, adolescents and adults.

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