BEd (Hons) Educational Psychology

There is the selection process for students applying for this programme. This qualification will allow you to function as a teacher with advanced educational psychology knowledge and to apply for the MEd (Educational Psychology) degree, which may ultimately lead to registering as a professional educational psychologist.



Closing date for application (subject to change and to be confirmed by faculty)

31 August


Entry Requirements for UP

Subject to the stipulations of General Regulations, a candidate can be admitted if he/she holds one of the following qualifications:

  • a bachelor’s degree and a teacher’s diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in
  • Education (eg BA + HED); or
  • a four year composite degree in Education (eg BAEd); or
  • an M+4 teacher’s diploma; or
  • an M+3 teacher’s diploma and a Further Diploma in Education (FDE) or an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE); or
  • another academic qualification considered equivalent by the Dean for admission to a specific package. In this instance, the qualification will not be recognised for teaching purposes.
  • Please make sure you have completed the departmental application form after applying online to be retrieved under Faculty of Education (2020 Postgraduate Selection Forms)

Additional admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with:

  • Psychology l, ll and III modules
  • Education III or Pedagogics IV modules

(Students studying or having studied psychology through UNISA need to have all the following modules before application, not just some of them and not alternative forms of psychology):

PYC 1501, 1502 (First year)
PYC 2601, 2602 or 2603 (Second year)
PYC 3701, 3702, 3703, 3704, 3705 (Third year) 

Students who do not have psychology modules at 1st, 2nd and 3rd year can apply for the above as non-degree purpose modules at Unisa to have the required psychology major.

The Pedagogic IV qualification done during the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course is accepted.



Semester 1

Semester 2


Educational research methodology NMQ 745

Philosophy and social imperatives of education EDS 711

Curriculum design and development CDD 710

Socio-emotional disorders and wellbeing KGG730


Research Proposal NMQ 755

Learning diversity LDS 730

Research Report NOS 780

Life design LOT 730



Name of Module






(48 credits)

  • Educational research
  • Research proposal #
  • Curriculum development

NMQ 745

NMQ 755

CDD 710






(64 credits)

  • Research report #
  • Philosophy in social imperatives of education

NOS 780

EDS 711





Elective modules

(16 credits)


  • Life design
  • Socio-emotional disorders and wellbeing
  • Learning diversity

LOT 730

KGG 730


LDS 730






Total credits including Fundamental modules



Duration of study

  • The programme may be completed over a period of one or two years.
  • The programme must be completed within a maximum period of three years.
  • Renewal of registration. Also consult General Regulations.
  • For stipulations see the General Regulations.
  • Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the department, a student may not sit for an examination for the Honours Degree more than twice in the same module.
  • Applications close end of August, selections during September.
  • Please take note that since 2017 this course is a purely academic degree and no longer accredited with the HPCSA. It is therefore no longer leading to registration as either psychometrist or counsellor, which is different from its previous structure (as both an academic and a professional degree up to the 2016 intake year). The degree is however still a prerequisite to apply for doing a MEd (Ed Psych) in order to qualify as an educational psychologist.

Medium of presentation (language)


Enquiries about the programme


Name: Dr Suzanne Bester
Tel: +27(0)12 402 3891
E-Mail: [email protected]

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