Educational psychology

Larissa Padua studying
Larissa Padua chose the educational psychology program to acquire the skills to provide support for youth with special needs and developmental delays.

Educational psychology applies psychological theories and concepts to understand and improve teaching and learning in a variety of contexts.

Our programs balance theory, practical knowledge and research — they are focused in two areas:

  1. Learning, Development & Instructional Sciences: explore the latest research in the psychology of learning across a range of educational settings and age groups.
  2. Special Education: apply psychological research to develop and improve practices in inclusive classrooms and special education contexts.

Why study educational psychology at UVic?

With us, you'll get:

  • Full-time and part-time evening options
  • Professional development through small, intensive programs
  • Academic supervisors who provide students with regular mentoring and support
  • Programs that balance theory, practical knowledge, and research
  • Elective options that allow students to customize programs to fulfill their research and career goals
  • MEd and MA options for qualified students
  • Fellowships and scholarships for qualified students
  • Graduate assistantships to further training in research and teaching
  • Co-operative education work terms, research apprenticeships and teaching apprenticeships to complement your studies
  • An excellent record of alumni employment

Who benefits from our programs?

  • Educational and instructional designers
  • Psychology students who want to pursue graduate work applying psychology to educational practices
  • Teachers, education administrators and program developers
  • Health care, child and youth care, and higher education professionals
  • Persons with undergraduate degrees in psychology, education, and related fields
  • Learning strategy instructors
  • Government employees
  • Educational policy administrators and planners

Discover what you can do with your degree.