Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology

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Become an educational psychologist

What is it like?

Massey University’s selected entry post-masterate Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology is your pathway to becoming an educational psychologist. The one-year internship provides a framework for the supervised professional practice. Successful completion of the course will deem you eligible for registration as an educational psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board.

Dynamic learning experience

With a strong bicultural teaching pedagogy, which embeds Matauranga Māori as well as the ability to complete your internship in a variety of places including in schools, DHBs, with the Ministry of Education or youth justice, you’ll develop a strong notion about what it means to be an educational psychologist in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll benefit from our flexible approach to learning and be able to explore the areas you’re passionate about.

Michele Blick
Educational psychologist

“I felt that my knowledge and skills increased at an exponential rate…”

Early in my teaching career I had a child in my class who had been diagnosed with autism. I realised that I had limited knowledge of how to meet his needs and felt that it was my responsibility to address the gaps in my knowledge.

I began studying via distance at Massey University. I wasn’t sure how this experience would be but it turned out perfectly. The flexibility has allowed me to continue working and parenting my four children while studying.

The lecturers in my programme have been accessible and supportive. They have created robust and relevant programmes and it is apparent that they enjoy their work. The block courses have given me opportunities to build professional and personal connections with the lecturers and other students.

The programme was rigorous, stimulating and challenging. I felt that my knowledge and skills increased at an exponential rate, particularly during my internship year. In addition to developing a broad range of knowledge and skills, I grew as a person, becoming more self-aware as a result of deep reflection.

My studies had a strong emphasis on ensuring that my practice is grounded in psychological theories, models and frameworks that are relevant in the New Zealand context rather than relying solely on Western psychology frameworks.

The training prepares graduates to work systematically, ecologically and collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds, and with a range of professionals and agencies. The work is varied, multidimensional and stimulating as it involves working with individuals, groups and whole systems. So many doors are open to educational psychologists such as working in the youth justice system, community organisations, schools, NGOs, and private practice.

The work of an educational psychologist is rewarding and satisfying. To be an excellent practitioner, I am always learning and growing both personally and professionally.

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