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Students will have the opportunity to choose between two specializations:
The Educational Psychology specialization is particularly aimed at people who are working as educators or are interested in pursuing a career as an educator. The discipline of Educational Psychology is broadly defined as the study of students, of learning and teaching.
Studies in this discipline can enrich the work of those working or wishing to work as teachers in primary, secondary or higher education, by providing the basic theoretical background to guide their teaching, with the aim of improving student's learning outcomes and being able to help their students progress, both academically and personally.
A successful teacher is able to motivate students, successfully manage the classroom, assess students' prior knowledge, successfully communicate ideas, accommodate students' particular needs, develop appropriate teaching methods and use appropriate assessment methods.
Teachers can develop these skills by understanding and applying relevant psychological and learning theories. The Educational Psychology specialization aims to encourage teachers to see themselves as engaged learners who are constantly considering better ways to help their students to achieve their goals.
The core aim of this specialization is to enrich students' knowledge of the ways in which individual development and individual differences affect learning and the consequences that these parameters may have on teaching. Another sub-objective is to develop critical thinking in the evaluation of different methods of teaching and assessment of learning.
Finally, the programme aims to train students to use methodological and statistical tools for the investigation of contemporary issues in educational psychology.
The School Psychology specialization is addressed to holders of a degree in Psychology who are interested in working in the applied field of educational psychology, known as school psychology. This discipline deals with the identification of barriers to learning (e.g. learning difficulties, socio-emotional or behavioural problems of students) and the implementation of interventions to address them.
A key role of school psychologists as professionals is to provide services to children, young people and families within the school environment in order to create a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment.
School psychologists are trained in the use and evaluation of diagnostic tests (e.g. intelligence tests and academic achievement tests), in the writing of psychoeducational evaluation reports, in the design and implementation of prevention and intervention programmes, and in student counselling.
On this basis, the core aim of this course is to train students in the application of clinical principles and in the use of specific tools for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of behavioural problems, emotional problems and/or learning difficulties in school.
By completing this programme students will be able to:
In addition to the learning outcomes listed above, upon completion of the programme, students specializing in School Psychology will be able to:
Graduates of the programme have a wealth of options regarding employment prospects.
Graduates of the Educational Psychology specialization will gain knowledge that will improve their teaching practice. In addition, obtaining this master's degree will be useful for purposes of promotion and professional development in the field of education.
Graduates of the School Psychology specialisation will acquire knowledge and practical skills:
Upon completion of the programme, which includes 1020 hours of supervised Practical Training in schools, graduates will be able to register as professional psychologists at the Register of Psychologists and work in schools or in private practice.