If you work in a school or educational setting, understanding learning, thinking, motivation and the ability to comprehend and retain knowledge is essential.
The Certificate of Educational Psychology is an online professional development course that will introduce you to the theories, principles and practices of educational and learning psychology. Taking you through the psychology of the learner, educational needs and learning environments, you will develop an understanding the psychology of learning, education and teaching.
Psychological theory, models and methods will be related to the practice of educational psychology, including assessment and intervention. The course will also explore the challenges of different learning styles, classroom and behaviour management and discipline.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation of the theory of educational psychology and how it contributes to planning and implementing a learning program in a positive educational environment.
Unit: Educational Psychology
Unit 1 – Introduction -Development & Learning Theory
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Assimilation and Accommodation
Piaget’s Stages of Development.
Unit 2 – Behavioural Learning
The Evolution of Behavioural Theories of Learning
Thorndike’s Theory of the Law of Effect
Skinner’s Theory of Operant Conditioning
Principles of Behavioural Learning; Reinforcers
Positive and Negative Reinforcement
The Premack Principle
Unit 3 – Information Processing
Information Processing Theory
A Model of Information Processing
Division of Long-Term Memory
Unit 4 – Memory Retention & Loss
Remembering and Forgetting
Inhibition and Facilitation
Primacy and Recency
Unit 5 – Individual Needs
The QAIT Model
Quality of Instruction
Appropriate Levels of Instruction
Between-Class Ability Grouping
Within Class Ability Grouping
Effective Use of Ability Groups
Unit 6 – Constructivist Learning
What is the Constructivist View
Top Down or Bottom Up Processing
Activating Prior Knowledge
Unit 7 – Motivation
Factors Affecting Motivation
Behavioural Learning Theory
Human Needs Theory; Dissonance Theory
Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Attribution Theory Expectancy Theory;
Providing Incentive to Learn
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
I like the flexibility offered (completing the course in my own time and timeframe) The lecture notes are structured quite systematically.
I wish there are more further references included for further reading. Overall, I had a good experience.
L. Sugeng, Doncaster, VIC | Certificate of Educational Psychology
I really enjoyed studying educational psychology. The lesson notes were easy to understand and interesting. I got a lot of new knowledge
R. Tamuta, Pimpama, QLD | Certificate of Educational Psychology
Information gained from the course is relevant to everyday life. The course material is easy to understand
A.Dickey, Kawungan, QLD | Certificate of Educational Psychology
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.