Master of Education in Educational Psychology


Program Description

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with academic and professional practical skills in order to identify assess and diagnose needs and relevant issues in the domain of Educational Psychology. The student will be able to design, execute and manage appropriate and ethical educational psychological interventions for individuals, parents, families, groups, educators, schools, and communities, including specialized and advanced therapeutic and counseling approaches. The student will also be equipped with specific skills to address career-related issues and develop life skills programs for implementation in the school, community, and other diverse settings, working in an integrative life planning approach. Students will also be able to counsel, consult, collaborate, and build capacity in communities and educational settings, including working preventively. In addition, the student is equipped, in his/her capacity as a reflective practitioner and action researcher to analyze, evaluate, and develop his/her own professional practice throughout his/her own life.

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Admission Requirements

A prospective student must hold the BEd (Hons) Educational Psychology degree with an average of at least 65% plus either a BEd teaching degree or a PGCE. Honors in Psychology will be considered, provided the student completes at least three modules relevant to the Master’s degree on a BEd honors level.

Additional selection criteria:

In addition, all prospective candidates will be subject to selection in which field-related experience in psychology, education, training, and development are considered. The application form for the selection of the procedure needs to be submitted at the end of July of the year prior to the year of planned registration.

Closing date:

30 June of the preceding year.


Students are required to complete the minor-dissertation in the academic program before commencing with an internship. In order to register as an educational psychologist with the Health Professions Council, the candidate must, apart from having obtained the MEd (Educational Psychology) degree, also complete an internship at an institution approved by the said Council. This internship does not, however, form part of the requirements for obtaining the degree.


Ms. Belinda Tshidumo
Tel: 011 559 3251

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less