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How can we use developmental psychology to improve educational outcomes?

Developmental psychology is the scientific study of how human beings develop and change across the lifespan. Its importance is growing within many sectors, including education.

Policymakers and professional bodies are keen to see more research into developmental psychology. And it’s important that the highest standards are maintained in applying this research to real-life policy and practice.

On this applied developmental psychology course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the subject, and how it can be applied in education practice.

Join our expert psychologists online on this flexible part-time course that fits around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards our MSc in Psychological Studies.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in developmental psychology and how its theories are applied in education.

It’s ideal for those working in, or keen to work in, education, healthcare, social care, social justice and the charity sector.

What will I study?

You’ll cover the important theories and latest research in applied developmental psychology.

You’ll use insights from developmental psychology to understand and evaluate current issues and approaches in education. You’ll investigate questions including:

  • What skills for life and learning should be promoted in education in the 21st century, and why?
  • How can psychological research and theory contribute to closing the poverty-related attainment gap?
  • What does recent research tell us about supporting educational transitions?

You’ll gain the knowledge and critical-thinking skills you need to apply research findings to make a difference in the real world.

You’ll cover the following topics on this applied developmental psychology course:

  • Key learning theories
  • Growth mindsets
  • Metacognition
  • Resilience
  • The Attainment Gap
  • Transitions.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain developmental psychological theories.
  • Discuss current ideas in education.
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of educational resources by drawing on developmental psychology theory and research.
  • Apply your understanding of developmental psychology research and theory to create educational resources.
  • Communicate your critical understanding to peers using online media.
  • Provide written peer-feedback on educational resources.

How will I study?

This applied developmental psychology course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • video lectures to stream and download
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

The course is taught at Masters level by applied developmental experts from academia.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. You’ll be studying online alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds who may be based all over the world, giving you unique insight into educational issues around the globe.

Assessments

This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • your regular contributions to discussion boards
  • weekly online multiple-choice tests
  • the creation of an educational resource (for example, a leaflet, blog post, poster).

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Both of these Masters degrees are:

  • accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as your first step to pursuing a career in this area.

Build your learning

We have a growing range of online Psychology short courses you can use to build your skills. They’re all flexible and part-time.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:

Careers

This course can help you upskill as an educational practitioner, giving you knowledge and expertise in the research underpinning current issues in education.

Because of the psychological focus, this course is also a good fit for anyone interested in pursuing a future career in educational psychology.

Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise on this course.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
18 January 2021
Cost
£795