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Introduction to Educational Psychology


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you work in a school or educational setting, understanding learning, thinking, motivation and the ability to comprehend and retain knowledge is essential.

The Introduction to 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.

Course Structure

Unit: Educational Psychology

  • Teaching profession
  • Teaching and educational psychology
  • The learning process
  • Theories and models of learning
  • Student development
  • Physical development
  • Cognitive development
  • Social development
  • Moral development
  • Student diversity
  • Individual styles of learning
  • Intelligence
  • Gifted and talented
  • Gender differences
  • Cultural differences
  • Special educational needs
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Physical disabilities
  • Student motivation
  • Classroom management
  • Classroom communication
  • Verbal communication
  • Participation and communication
  • Communication styles
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Teacher directed instruction
  • Student-centred learning


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • 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;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development For:

  • Teachers
  • Child Care Workers
  • Teacher Aids
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only