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MSc in Educational Psychology

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology focuses on the study of cognitive, emotional and social learning processes that underlie education and human development across the lifespan. The programme in Educational Psychology is targeted towards school educators who want to gain expertise in the normal and atypical patterns of development and learning. More specifically, the MSc in Educational Psychology aims at providing students with evidence-based knowledge and skills concerning:

  • The learning theory approaches and their educational implications
  • The wide spectrum of learning difficulties across the life span, in order to be able to identify the cases that require intervention in the school context and elsewhere
  • The domain-specific psychological development from infancy to adulthood, with specific emphasis on its cognitive, emotional and social dimensions and their impact on the learning processes
  • The main developmental disorders, as they are manifested in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, as well as their direct impact on learning and behaviour
  • The awareness of the role that cultural and social parameters play in the educator’s interaction with students and parents
  • Developmental patterns during the above evolutionary phases

The techniques and methods used in educational and psychological research

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The graduates of the MSc programme in Educational Psychology will:

  • acquire an in-depth understanding of the cognitive processes that underlie learning and thinking in both formal and informal education and their typical as well as atypical development
  • acquire strategies that can enhance their professional practice in schools and universities, early childhood programmes, and government agencies.
  • develop scientific research skills (by participating in ongoing research projects and by conducting small-scale research projects in the context of the Independent Research Study, and/or by conducting an empirical study in the context of a Masters Thesis) that can be applied to advance scientific knowledge in Educational Psychology and address practical issues in diverse education and community settings.

 

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology is made up of two distinct and complementary components: Core Courses and Elective Courses. The Thesis is an elective module. Students are required to complete:

  • 10 Core Courses accounting for 75 ECTS
  • 2 Elective Courses or a Master Thesis, accounting for 15 ECTS

Core courses for the MSc in Educational Psychology

The Core Courses are focused on aspects of psychological development and learning, as well as their atypical dimensions. In particular, both earlier and more recent approaches to the development of cognitive, emotional and social domains are analysed and evaluated, with the emphasis given on school age and adolescence. The respective approaches to learning processes are discussed and analysed with respect to their educational applications. In addition, the Core Courses include topics such as the Development of Personality, Language and Literacy, Multicultural Dimensions of Behaviour, Research Methods and Statistics also belong to the core courses.

Elective Courses for the MSc in Educational Psychology

The elective courses cover a wide range of topics, such as Developmental Psychopathology, the Formation of Adolescent Identity, Adolescent Delinquency, Adult Education and Counselling in the School Community.

Those who choose the Thesis instead of the two elective courses must submit a proposal to the prospective supervisor. The Thesis must be an original and independent piece of scientific work.

Given that teachers from the first two levels of education are attending the programme, individual subjects focus on the relevant and prominent features of childhood and adolescence.

Criteria for Admission

  • Bachelor of Education or a degree of similar specialization from a recognized University, domestic or foreign
  • For non-appointed teachers, with a degree from universities outside Cyprus and Greece, acknowledgment of degree equivalence from KYSATS or DOATAP respectively
  • Certified knowledge of English language
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview

Career Prospects

The programme in Educational Psychologyis suitable for both experienced and aspiring educators who wish to enhance their career. The MSc in Educational Psychology is also appropriate for Psychology graduates who wish to pursue research or academic oriented career in Educational Psychology.

Duration of studies

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology lasts four semesters and is credited with 90 ECTS. Courses are taught in Greek.

 

 

 

The Course Structure of the MSc in Educational Psychology is as following

CodeCourse TitleECTS

Semester: 1

PSY 501 Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Development across the lifespan7.5
PSY 607 Research Methods and Statistics7.5
PSY 608School Counselling7.5
PSY 610 Independent Research Study2.5
25

Semester: 2

PSY 503 Learning: Theoretical Approaches and Educational Implications7.5
PSY 602 Language Development and Literacy7.5
PSY 605 School Context and Gender Identities during Adolescence7.5
PSY 610 Independent Research Study2.5
25

Semester: 3

PSY 611 Multicultural Dimensions of Behaviour7.5
PSY 505 Personality: Theoretical Approaches and Development7.5
PSY 604 Developmental Psychopathology (elective)7.5
PSY 610 Independent Research Study2.5
PSY 700Thesis (elective)7.5
25

Semester: 4

PSY 506 Learning Difficulties7.5
PSY 606 Adolescence Delinquency: A Multifactorial Approach (elective)7.5
PSY 700 Thesis (elective)7.5
90

 

 

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