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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Educational Psychology)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


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

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Educational Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in educational psychology. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in educational psychology if you wish.

Get transferable skills

Educational psychology looks at what supports and hinders learning. It informs policy and practice in education systems. The qualification will equip you with transferable skills including research, analysis, communication and problem-solving.

You’ll explore lifelong ako/learning and teaching through an understanding of cultural, cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional characteristics of learners and teachers.

Applied learning

At Massey, educational psychology is:

the application of Western and Maori 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’ll learn about the complex relationships between learners and their environment. 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 we 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?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Educational Psychology) doesn’t qualify you to be a teacher.

Further study

If you successfully complete your Graduate Diploma in Arts, you could go on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Master of Arts.

A Graduate Diploma 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 whanau/family.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Educational Psychology) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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