Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMPsych(Ed&Dev)
CRICOS code038585A
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements.


This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth and sixth-year sequence in psychology and prepares graduates to practise as educational and developmental psychologists in schools, hospitals, clinics and private practices. The course aims to develop graduates as independent specialist professionals with a commitment to lifelong learning of the theoretical, research, assessment and therapeutic skills involved in educational and developmental psychology. It aims to develop the ability to think critically and analytically about the processes involved in educational and developmental psychology. Within the context of sound ethical principals, competencies applicable across the lifespan will be developed through collaborative participation in coursework lectures and workshops, research and practicum placements across a variety of settings under the supervision of experienced specialist practitioners. In undertaking a minor research thesis, students will develop as scientist-practitioners, carrying out reviews and scientific investigations relevant to the theory and practice of educational and developmental psychology. For more detailed information regarding the role and employment prospects of educational and developmental psychologists, students should consult the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • think critically and analytically about the processes involved in educational and developmental psychology
  • administer and interpret a comprehensive range of psychological, educational and developmental tests and assessments
  • plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions with individuals, groups and systemically
  • effectively consult and collaborate across a diverse range of organisational contexts including educational, health and welfare, care facilities, business and corporate
  • behave in ethically appropriate ways in their psychological practice in accordance with the requirements of the profession.
  • demonstrate high level skills in mandatory competencies associated with a specialist Educational and Developmental Psychology practitioner
  • reflect on their own personal functioning within a thereputic relationship
  • demonstrate knowledge of appropriate research methodologies for the study of human behaviour and of psychological practice.

Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all uniform and accessories, travel and accommodation expenses incurred during clinical placement and will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.


On commencing the program and prior to commencing their placement, students must submit proof of provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and a satisfactory Victorian government Working with Children Check (details available at

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet most requirements for membership of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.


This courses comprises advanced coursework, supervised practica and a research thesis.



Core units

  • EDF6504 Developmental psychology and counselling skills
  • EDF6510 Exceptionality: Assessment, intervention and research
  • EDF6511 Cognitive, personality and educational assessment
  • EDF6512 Clinical interventions in educational and developmental psychology

Practica and research thesis

In the second year (full-time) or third and fourth years (part-time), students undertake supervised practica and complete a research thesis on a topic relevant to the discipline of educational and developmental psychology.

  • EDF6507 Clinical placement in psychology 1
  • EDF6508 Clinical placement in psychology 2
  • EDF6509 Clinical placement in psychology 3
  • EDF6535 Psychology thesis part 1
  • EDF6536 Psychology thesis part 2

Progression to further studies

To satisfy entry requirements for doctoral-level studies (PhD), applicants need to have completed research at either master's or honours level. Master of Psychology by coursework candidates who wish to proceed to a doctoral course must achieve a grade of distinction or higher for the research thesis and an average of distinction or higher in the coursework units for doctoral-level eligibility. Students enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who achieve a high distinction average in two of the core units (one of which must be the research project unit) and a minimum overall average of distinction over all four core units will be eligible to apply for articulation to the combined Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and Doctor of Philosophy program.


Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)