The programme equips students to work as educational psychologists in Local Authority Children Services and other settings. It is the Health Professions Council recognised qualification to practise as an educational psychologist in England. At the end of the programme successful graduates can apply for recognition as a practitioner Educational Psychologist with the Health Professional Council. The programme prepares students to become committed and creative educational psychologists, applying psychology in educational and other settings, in order to make a positive difference for children.
Students study child development, the process of assessment, consultation, intervention and research. They learn to be reflective and critical practitioners working from an evidence base. Students develop skills in working with individual children, groups, families, and schools through both working alone and in multidisciplinary teams.
Training in Educational Psychology at UEL is well established with a commitment to children and families going back many years. It is one of the few universities in the country that offers Doctoral programmes in clinical, counselling and occupational psychology and its commitment to Positive Psychology is well known.
Throughout the Educational Psychology programme there is an implicit and explicit emphasis on applying psychology to make a positive difference to children and young people. The importance of listening to childrens views and involving them in decision making is reinforced by a commitment to improving the quality of life for vulnerable children.
The programme celebrates the opportunities of working in a diverse society and the importance of recognising the individuality of people within an evidence based profession.
Experienced and enthusiastic tutors ensure students become sensitive and mature reflective practitioners through problem-based learning and high quality teaching. Carefully planned and supervised placement experiences ensure all students become the best EPs they can over the course of the three year programme.
The programme lasts for 3 years full time. Each year starts in September and runs until August of the following year. There are two stages of the programme. Stage One comprises the first year. Stage Two comprises the second and third years.
The programme comprises university-based learning and teaching, self-directed learning, research and placement in Educational Psychology Services (EPS) and other employment settings, where students work under supervision.
Stage 1 (Year 1) students complete 6 modules at the university, including one module largely comprising of a structured placement in an EPS.
Stage 2 In Years 2 and 3, students are eligible for appointment as a Trainee Educational Psychologist in a service, for three or four days per week. In both years students complete a module based on their learning on placement. They also complete a research module in Year 2 and their research thesis in Year 3.
Students are solely responsible for seeking appointment or bursaries at Stage 2. Whilst the programme assists students, it cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for the success or otherwise of the application. This arrangement is subject to change in line with new longer term agreements with regional educational psychology services, currently under negotiation.
The learning outcomes are achieved through:-
A key feature of the programme is negotiated learning in respect of the written assignments, using the Learning Contract and required learning outcomes. Such student/tutor negotiations enable students to plan work which is of direct benefit to them in light of their previous knowledge and understanding.
No work experience is required.
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