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Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Educational Psychology for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

With Massey’s BA (Educational Psychology) you will explore lifelong ako/learning and teaching through an understanding of cultural, cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional aspects of learners and teachers.

At Massey, educational psychology is:

the application of Western and Maori psychological knowledge in education and human development

a science and an art that seeks to understand

an art that seeks to apply those understandings in the real world, to help learners realise their potential

You will 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 will consider in the BA (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 a diversity of learners?

what factors help ensure educational success?

how do we support development of positive behaviours for learning?

how do we reduce learning difficulties?

how do we best support learners with disabilities?

Educational psychology looks at what supports and hinders learning. It informs policy and practice in education systems. Massey’s BA (Educational Psychology) will equip you with transferable skills. These include research, analysis, communication and problem-solving.

This qualification can be a strong foundation for postgraduate qualifications in teaching, psychology and educational psychology.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to become a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A Bachelor of 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 to enhance learning

want to make a positive impact for tamariki/children, rangatahi/youth, and whanau/family in schools and other educational contexts.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for Massey's Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology), outside of university admission regulations.

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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