Learning, development & instructional sciences

This graduate program stream focuses on the application of knowledge and research in the psychological sciences to instruction, learner support and the design of optimal learning environments.

In the learning, development and instructional sciences program you will learn to:

  1. Examine, critique, and apply contemporary research in human learning, self-regulation, motivation and development.
  2. Apply psychological sciences to evidence-based practices across diverse instructional contexts.
  3. Critically read, interpret, synthesize and evaluate research.
  4. Communicate scholarly information in ways that are accessible to colleagues, clients and communities. 
  5. Gain in-depth knowledge of scholarly theory and research in a chosen area of focus.
  6. Develop research competency and experience.

Please note:

  • This program is suitable for achieving advanced TQS standing for previously qualified teachers, but none of our programs lead to BC Teacher Certification.
  • This program does not allow you to become a school psychologist.

Delivery methods

Courses are offered in a specified sequence to ensure students have access to courses required to complete the program within two years (without co-op) or three years (with co-op) of full-time studies.

It is possible to take any of our program streams part-time following the designated sequence of courses over four years instead of two. Please check the course planning guide for your program to determine what courses you should take each semester.

Co-op term options

Students in our programs complete two terms before their first co-op term placement so they have the necessary disciplinary expertise for their placements.

To obtain a co-op designation with your degree, students must complete two co-op terms. 

Students interested in the co-op option must adhere to the two-year and 8 month program plan listed below in order to finish on schedule.

Who takes our programs?

  • Teachers, education administrators and program developers
  • Psychology students interested in applying psychological sciences for educational contexts
  • Professionals in student services and higher education settings
  • Health care, child and youth care, and student success professionals
  • Persons with undergraduate degrees in psychology, education, and related fields
  • Learning strategy instructors
  • Government employees

Why study with us?

  • BC TQS requirements—Our program meets the BC TQS requirements for promotion via graduate study
  • Work at your own pace—We offer both full- and part-time options 
  • Broaden your work experience—We offer optional co-op semesters that allow you to explore diverse career opportunities
  • Integrate your personal interests into your coursework—We encourage you to use class discussions, papers, and presentations to explore your own classroom and community experiences and interests
  • Earn a flexible degree— Our degree has been used in careers that evaluate, translate and apply research to practice in schools, government, health education and student services 
  • Be part of an international learning community— Our students come from all over the world and have interesting work histories