- An introductory definition of educational psychology;
- What educational psychologists do;
- Educational psychology and its relationship with other branches of psychology;
- The main perspectives of educational psychology and their advocates;
- An introduction to the early years of educational psychology;
- The historical basis of educational psychology;
- The key figures in educational psychology throughout time;
- Evolving views of educational psychology throughout history;
- What is behavioural psychology or behaviourism and how it links to educational psychology;
- What is classical conditioning and how it affects involuntary behaviours;
- What is operant conditioning and how it affects voluntary behaviours;
- How social learning theory is related to operant conditioning;
- What is cognitive psychology?
- Schema theory;
- A definition of developmental psychology and how it links to educational psychology;
- The theories of Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget, in relation to developmental psychology;
- Understanding the eight stages of psychological development using Erikson’s model;
- Bandura’s social learning theory;
- An introduction to the concept of constructivism;
- A few of the main constructivist theories;
- A presentation of Jean Piaget and his theory of cognitive development;
- Several constructivist teaching techniques;
- How dyslexia gets diagnosed;
- The symptoms of dyslexia;
- The different types of dyslexia;
- After a diagnosis of dyslexia;
- Factors that influence how students think and learn;
- Factors that motivate students;
- How social context and emotional wellbeing can influence learning;
- How psychology can inform classroom management;
- The development of psychology as a science;
- Psychological research methodology and statistical analysis;
- Psychological testing tools;
- Psychotherapy and treatment options;
- The origins and main fields of psychology;
- Educational psychology as a specialisation;
- The role of the educational psychologist;
- The identification and handling of special educational needs;
Who can take the Introduction to Educational Psychology Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Introduction to Educational Psychology Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.