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Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Massey’s Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology will develop your expertise in working with others to enhance wellbeing for all.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

If you’re keen to understand your own learning, the multiple dimensions of learners in their formal and informal learning contexts, and the complex environments and settings we learn in, the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is for you. As a leader in education, a teacher, an educator, or someone working in the community, this programme will develop your expertise, understanding and empathy in working alongside others. You will use contemporary assessment, learning, and change processes and tools. We have a strong bicultural programme to represent our context of Aotearoa New Zealand and our inclusive multicultural society.

Make a difference to children’s lives

The programme emphasises the need to apply educational psychology critically to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people, and those who work alongside them. There is a strong focus on ‘child voice’, learner identity, and young people’s rights to be involved in matters that affect them. The programme foregrounds a child’s rights focus and adheres to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).

A good fit if you:

  • Want to understand learners, systems, change and wellbeing of individuals and educational systems
  • Are keen to understand what a bicultural and multicultural approach to assessment and learning really means in practice
  • Wish to learn how to support the social, cultural and educational development of children and young people, and enhance wellbeing and mental health for all
  • Want to know how to work effectively with other professionals, such as teachers and specialist teachers, and family and whānau


Your Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology can lead to numerous career opportunities. You could find yourself in a leadership role in educational contexts such as schools, EC centres, community providers or government bodies.

The Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology is a pathway programme to the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology internship which is accredited with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and enables you to become a registered educational psychologist.

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