Master of Educational and Child Psychology
教育及兒童心理學碩士學位


Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54054

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

FT (Full-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

2 years (Full-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

60

Fund Type
Government-Funded
Initial Registration Credits

-

Tuition Fee

HK$42,100 per academic year for local students
HK$120,000 per academic year for non-local students

(Note: Tuition fee is payable in two equal installments before the start of the first and second semesters of the academic year.)

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Cynthia Leung
BSocSc (HKU), MSc (London), PhD (Monash), Registered Psychologist and Fellow (HKPS)

Remarks
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
  • This programme admits students in alternate years and will invite applications for admission in 2017-18. Only the full-time mode of this programme will be offered.
  • The Programme may conduct a written test and interviews (in English or Chinese or both). Applicants who fail to attend the written test AND interviews will not be further considered.
  • Applicants are generally expected to be proficient in both Chinese and English.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The Master of Educational and Child Psychology (MECP) Programme is a postgraduate programme, subsidised by the University Grants Committee (UGC). It is tailor-made to provide instruction and training in both the theory and practice of applied educational psychology, and will lead to a professional qualification for psychologists who wish to work in educational settings and organisations relevant to children and adolescents, including the pre-school, primary and secondary school sectors, tertiary institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with children/youth focus. On successful completion of the required subjects, supervised practicums and a research-based dissertation, graduates of this MECP award will benefit from the following programme aims:

  1. Professional Competence of Specialist/Leaders of a Profession: Graduates of the MECP programme will possess state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and attitudes in the professional practice of educational and child psychology, and be able to apply them, and to contribute to strategic planning and/or policy formulation. Graduates should develop into academically knowledgeable, professionally competent, ethically responsible, culturally sensitive and caring educational psychologists, with readiness for assuming a leadership role in their professional practice.
  2. Strategic Thinking: Graduates of the MECP programme will be able to think holistically and strategically in dealing with complex problems and situations pertinent to the professional practice of educational psychologists. The graduates should be versatile problem solvers with good mastery of intellectual creativity, critical thinking and skills of multidisciplinary collaboration, who can generate practical and innovative solutions to diverse psycho-educational problems.
  3. Lifelong Learning Capability: Graduates of the MECP programme will be committed to and capable of continual professional development through research-based inquiry and evidence-based reflection on professional practice.

 

Characteristics

The educational philosophy of the MECP programme is built on an essential and close link between research-based knowledge and professional competency in applied educational psychology. The'Scientist-Practitioner' model is employed to shape and chart the direction of the academic and professional scholarship of the programme, which is characterised by five distinctive features:

  1. The ability to demonstrate scholarship of 'active practice' in teaching and learning that emphasises'concrete connected knowledge' over the 'abstract analytical knowledge' of traditional research, through using such methods as problem-based learning and case studies;
  2. The ability to formulate a coherent curriculum, employ effective instructional strategies and conduct student-centred mentorship that are built on a scholarship of integration that underscores reflective observations and thinking derived from both indigenous theories and global empirical research, such as adopting an interactionist perspective and evidence-based investigation;
  3. Striving for cross-fertilisation of academic and professional knowledge, skills and attitudes through scholarly teaching and research support of the interdisciplinary psychology team and faculty members, whose expertise and specialisms are in applied educational psychology, clinical child/adolescent psychology, social work education, rehabilitation, health care and associated disciplines;
  4. Assuring the high quality of the programme through teaching processes and learning outcomes of professionalisation and internationalisation, with valuable contributions from knowledgeable academics and professional collaborators from both local and global networks; and
  5. Accomplishing the university and departmental missions and visions, whereby graduates should become Proactive, Reflective, Innovative, Constructive, Empirical (PRICE) educational psychologists with cultural sensitivity and humanistic concerns, and endeavour to make valuable contributions to the benefit of student populations and associated stakeholders.

 

Career Prospects
The MECP programme provides graduates with opportunities to be employed as professional Educational Psychologists (EPs) in government-based or non-governmental organisations relevant to children and adolescents. The current educational settings for EP services range from special schools/special education centres to mainstream secondary, primary and pre-schools. A few EPs are employed in the counselling or student affairs units of tertiary institutions, serving both students and teachers. An individual EP may practice on his or her own, or cooperate with other professionals to offer services to the public, including psychological consultation and training.

Recognition & Prospects

After successful completion of all requirements of the MECP programme, graduates can apply for full membership of the Division of Educational Psychology of the Hong Kong Psychological Society.

Curriculum

Programme Structure

To be eligible for the MECP award, students are required to complete a total of 60 credits, made up of 45 credits for the successful completion of academic subjects, together with one dissertation (9 credits) on evidence-based research in applied educational and child psychology of 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, three supervised practicums (6 credits) totalling at least 1,200 hours and one pre-practicum orientation of at least 160 hours.

 

Core Areas of Study

15 Academic Subjects (3 credits per subject, sub-total=45 credits)

  • Psycho-educational Assessment I
  • Psycho-educational Assessment II
  • Psycho-educational Intervention I
  • Psycho-educational Intervention II
  • Professional Skills Training Workshop I
  • Professional Skills Training Workshop II
  • Exceptionality in Children & Adolescents: Diagnoses, Interventions & Prevention
  • Curriculum-based Designs & Response to Instructional Strategies
  • Applied Developmental Science
  • Learning Processes & Problems
  • Positive Development in Children & Adolescents & Parenting
  • Integrative Seminars on Professional Ethics & Issues in Educational Psychology
  • Research Methodology & Statistics for Educational Psychology
  • Psychometric Theories & Practice
  • One Professional Elective Subject from the Postgraduate Scheme of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

 

One Research-based Dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words (9 credits)

  • Dissertation Research I, II & III

 

Pre-practicum Orientation and Three Supervised Practicums for 1,360 hours (6 credits)

  • Pre-practicum Orientation (160 hours)
  • Practicum I (400 hours)
  • Practicum II (400 hours)
  • Practicum III (400 hours)

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Entrance Requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor's degree with Honours in Psychology; 
    OR
  • An approved equivalent qualification in Psychology, recognised by the Hong Kong Psychological Society;
    AND
  • Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Hong Kong Psychological Society or the equivalent.
     

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Suitable applicants may be invited to attend written tests and interviews.

Enquiries

For further information, please contact:
Ms Freda Lau (tel: (852) 3400 3688); 
or Ms Liu (email: sspg@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


The 3Rs of MECP

1.      Risk

Pursuing the MECP involves an element of risk. Once you decide to start your journey as an educational psychologist-in-training, you must devote two years to the task. You may need to put aside your stable income and enjoyable social life for a while. Yet, it will be the wisest decision, as you will find that the gains far outweigh the temporary sacrifices.

2.      Resilience

There is no denying that the MECP is tough. You enter a whole new world of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes. You may feel uneasy and frustrated, especially over the first couple of months, but with the guidance and help of our passionate professors and consultants, little by little, you will push through! Your worries and uncertainties will fade away. After “killing” all of your presentations, assignments, practicums and thesis, you will be proud of how far you’ve come and realise how resilient you are.

3.      Reward

Whether you want it or not, the training will make you an educational psychologist with more passion, more initiative, more diligence and more perseverance. Approaching the end, you will be thankful that the MECP has made you a competent and resourceful scientist-practitioner, able to excel in various educational settings and improve human life through meaningful work.

Are you ready to take a great leap forward and start your remarkable and rewarding journey?


Edwin Kung



Before the journey – “It’s a costly luxury”, is perhaps the thought that comes to mind when you first think about taking this two-year training. You may be hesitant about quitting your job and leaving your comfort zone.

 

Throughout the two years – You will learn and find out more than you expect. You will meet inspiring professors who always give you food for thought; you will encounter children and their families who come from various backgrounds; and you will come to understand the difficulties and hurdles in their lives that are hard to overcome. At the same time, you will be bathed in a wealth of professional knowledge; you will be trained in analytical and communication skills, which will enable you to reach out to and help the needy. Eventually, you will realise that the programme, the knowledge and, most important of all, the people, have given you a new perspective on life and deepened your understanding of humanity.

 

Standing at the finishing line – You will be grateful because this marks not only the completion of the intense training, but also the beginning of a rewarding career and the blossoming of life’s possibilities.


Denis Kwan



Through the Educational and Child Psychology (MECP) programme, I have been empowered to apply psychological theories of education in my work as an Educational Psychologist. I believe that an educational psychologist needs to be able to conduct psychological assessments to identify students’ specific needs; to be a consultant to the school system, facilitating the growth of both ordinary and extraordinary students; to be a counsellor, providing psychological interventions for students with emotional or behavioural problems; and to be a collaborator working with teachers, parents and other professionals to promote the welfare of students with individual needs. The skills and knowledge related to these roles of an educational psychologist were sharpened through my training in the MECP programme. I offer my deepest gratitude to all of the professors on the programme, and to my supervisors in the practicums. Their guidance paved the way for me to become a competent and empathetic psychologist in Hong Kong.


Stanley Chan



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