Message from the Head of Department

The Department of Educational Psychology offers Postgraduate Programs which are aligned to the science of psychology. The department also offers undergraduate and distance education modules. The two Programs that are accredited by the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) are Honours and Masters in Educational Psychology.

However, due to limited training capacity, since 2016 the department of Educational Psychology decided to double (increase) the intake of Masters Students from 12 to 24 in response to National needs. This decision (increasing the intake of M.Ed. Educational Psychology students), lead to the decision of not offering Professional Honours in Educational Psychology which led to the registration as a Registered Counsellor with HPCSA. Instead the current Honours program is an academic Honours which does not lead to the registration with HPCSA.  Therefore, when registering for Honours in Educational Psychology with the department of Educational Psychology, you will not be able to register with HPCSA as a Registered Counsellor.

The Master Program (M.Ed. Educational Psychology) leads to registration with the Health Profession Council of South Africa as an Educational Psychologist. The department has a clinic onsite where our M.Ed. (Educational Psychology) students do their clinical practice. The program is structured for M.Ed. (Educational Psychology) students to complete their academic program in 2 years (coursework, clinical cases and mini-dissertation). The internship program (third year of study) can only resume when coursework, clinical cases and mini-dissertation are concluded.

The Department of Educational Psychology offers an Academic Master Program as well, namely M.Ed. Learning Support, Guidance and Counselling (LSGC). Similarly, this program should be completed within two years of registration as a student.

The department offers two PhD programs (see figure 1 below). All PhD programs are research focused and should be completed within three years of registration as a student. It is preferable that registered Educational Psychologist select PhD (Ed. Psych) but this is based on preference, one can also select PhD (LSGC). Similarly, a PhD (LSGC) is research focused and would preferably focus on the science of psychology, development and learning.

The undergraduate modules offered in the department are OPV 122 (first year education module focused on the science of psychology and learning); OPV 222 (second year education module) focusing on the science of Psychology and learning environment. The other three modules are Guidance Counselling and Specialised Learning Support (JVB): JVB 210; JVB 220 and JVB 310

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