Master of Educational and Child Psychology
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54054
Duration & Credit Requirement
2 years (Full-time)
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.)
Prof. Cynthia Leung
BSocSc (HKU), MSc (London), PhD (Monash), Registered Psychologist and Fellow (HKPS)
- 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
- A recognised Bachelor's degree with Honours in Psychology;
- An approved equivalent qualification in Psychology, recognised by the Hong Kong Psychological Society;
- 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.
Suitable applicants may be invited to attend written tests and interviews.
No information is available at present.