The Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work on campus and in distance mode.
The Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice prepares teachers, educators and leaders in schools, the community, workplaces, universities and training institution to develop an understanding of the cognitive psychology of learning and investigate how this can be applied to problems that arise in learning and teaching. There is an increased recognition from education sectors, of a need for a deeper teacher expertise about learning. The Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice is professionally oriented and is intended for people currently employed in the field of education, those who would like to be so employed, and those who have an interest in developing their knowledge and practice, with a focus on understanding and innovating teaching and learning in a range of teaching and learning contexts (including distance/online education). It is designed to meet the increasing demand for professional education about teaching-learning issues such as motivation, cognition and metacognition. In addition to core cognitive psychology and educational practice topics, students may opt to study one or two minors in the listed areas of interest, or they may select their own combination of topics from across the range of the topics available in these minors.
The Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice and the Graduate Certificate in Education.
Applicants must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to:
- provide students with opportunities to interrogate the field of cognitive psychology for learning and investigate its application to problems that arise in learning and teaching in a range of educational contexts and modalities
- equip students with in-depth knowledge about theory, research, practice and policy to engage in informed, constructive debate and in professional reflective practice within the field of cognitive psychology and educational practice
- provide students with opportunities to construct meaningful analysis of praxis to enable critical engagement with knowledge about theory, research, practice and policy to improve learning and teaching outcomes and experiences, and to improve professional decision making
- further develop students understanding of learners motivation, cognition and metacognition
- equip students with skills to apply and disseminate knowledge for educational practice to a range of learning and learner contexts and stakeholder participants
- further develop students critical thinking, problem solving and research skills to enable them to engage in critical reflection on and inquiry into theoretical and practical application to problems that arise in learning and teaching
- develop skilled professionals who are able to examine their own teaching and develop evidence-based models for practice
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- critically read, analyse and synthesise current theory and research in the field of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
- relate theories and the findings from research studies and apply to authentic teaching-learning practices
- critically reflect upon knowledge about theory, research, practice and policy to improve professional decision making
- articulate scholarly views for informed, constructive debate increasing professional reflective practice in the field of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
- axamine learners motivation, cognition and metacognition in relevant to them contexts
- apply knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing into educational practices in exploration of increased self-regulated learning
- design, conduct, and evaluate an independent research project in the field of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice that is relevant to your personal or professional context
- apply a range of understandings about research ethics and demonstrate high standards of academic literacy
- generate recommendations for future practice, research, and policy in the field of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
- demonstrate high standards of academic literacy
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Upon completion of 18 units a student may choose to exit with one of the following awards, subject to meeting the program of study for that award:
Students are expected to discuss their option topics with the course coordinator. The final program of study must be approved by the course coordinator.
The Dean (Education) may approve an alternative pattern or the inclusion of other topics from an appropriate Graduate Certificate or Masters program offered by the University or another institution
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
EDUC8731 Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning (4.5 units)1
EDUC9732 Teaching to Develop Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition (4.5 units)
EDUC9733 The Psychology of Learning and Instruction (4.5 units)
EDUC9734 Applications of Psychology to Learning and Instruction (4.5 units)
Options and Minors - Year 1 topics
18 units selected from any combination of Option – Year 1 and 2 list, and/or topics available in the minors listed below2:
Core - Year 2 Topics
9 units comprising:
EDUC9735 Research Design in Cognition and Instruction (4.5 units)
EDUC9736 Research Application in Cognition and Instruction (4.5 units)
Option and Minors - Year 2 topics
27 units selected from any combination of Option – Year 1 and 2 list, and/or topics available in the minors listed below2:
Option – Year 1 and 2 topics
EDUC8129 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (4.5 units)
EDUC9136 Educational Policy, Politics and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9703 Postgraduate Education: Purposes and Practices (4.5 units)
EDUC9719 Independent Research Study (4.5 units)3
EDUC9761 Approaches to Research (4.5 units)
EDUC9852 Ethics in Education (4.5 units)
Course Rule Notes
- Students should select EDUC8731 Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning (4.5 units) in the commencing semester.
- Students may choose to complete one or two minors or any combination of topics from the option list and minors available to complete the total option requirement.
- Research options greater than 4.5 units are available with the approval of the course and topic coordinator and are subject to availability and eligibility criteria. Research options greater than 4.5 units are intended to be taken over a minimum of two consecutive semesters. 18 unit research dissertation topics (EDUC9724A, EDUC9724B, EDUC9724C & EDUC9724D - Dissertation in Education (18 units)) may be taken in place of 18 units of option topics.
- Students seeking entry to a Flinders University research higher degree on the basis of completion of this qualification are required to complete an 18-unit postgraduate research component and EDUC9761 Approaches to Research (4.5 units).