Master's programs in educational psychology

Learn to apply the latest research in the psychological sciences to educational practice across a wide range of instructional and educational settings.

Educational psychology is a rich field of study, focusing on studies in inclusion, special education, learning and instructional sciences, human development, as well as research design, measurement, analysis, and evaluation. Our thesis-based master's programs lead smoothly into our PhD program in educational psychology. 

Learning, Development & Instructional Sciences

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Explore the latest research in the psychology of learning across a range of educational settings and age groups.

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Special Education Specialization

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Learn to apply psychological research to develop and improve practices in inclusive classrooms and special education contexts.

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The MEd and MA are designed to take 2 years of full-time study on campus to complete. This assumes students progress through course work using our recommended timing and sequence. Variation from recommended program planning often extends program duration. Completing the MA in 2 years requires students to identify a clear thesis focus and secure a committee within the first 6 months. An additional 1 to 2 semesters may be needed depending upon the thesis topic and research design.

For the Fall (Sept-Dec) and Spring (Jan-April) term, all of our courses are offered once a week for 3 hours. About 80% of them are offered from 4:30-7:20. For the summer term (May-Aug), courses are run in different times, length and dates.

Why study educational psychology at UVic?

  • Full-time and part-time evening options
  • Professional development through small, intensive programs
  • Our academic supervisors provide students with regular mentoring and support
  • Our programs balance theory, practical knowledge, and research
  • Elective options allow students to customize programs to fulfill their research and career goals
  • We offer both MEd and MA options for qualified students
  • We offer fellowships and scholarships for qualified students
  • We offer graduate assistantships to further training in research and teaching
  • Complement your studies with co-operative education work terms, research apprenticeships and teaching apprenticeships
  • Our graduates have an excellent record of finding 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

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Students in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies are expected to adhere to a professional code of conduct for the basis of their relationships with peers, faculty, and for any children/adolescents for whom they may provide services.

Students will be subject to the provisions of the ethical guidelines of their respective professions.

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program when ethical, medical, or other reasons interfere with satisfactory practice in their respective professions.