Educational & Child Psychology

Key Features
The programme is sufficiently flexible in content and structure to adapt readily to current and future needs and to the emergence of new knowledge in educational psychology and related fields. Taught modules are typically delivered in four-day blocks over the first two years. In addition to taught modules, a variety of workshops and seminars are organised for trainees and delivered by experienced practitioners e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Video Interactive Guidance, Dynamic Assessment. One day per week is normally assigned to study.

Over the three years, students develop their knowledge and understanding of the nature of research showing in depth understanding of the range of research orientations and methods used in educational and professional educational psychology research. Students are required to complete a research thesis which must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain material of a standard and form appropriate for peer-reviewed publication.

The programme utilises approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative. Learners will be provided with opportunities to construct knowledge in an active, collaborative manner by working through real-life case studies and examples, thereby linking psychological theory and research to professional practice. Those involved in the delivery of the programme recognise that they are engaging with adult professional learners and aim to employ methods that will afford adult learners a robust learning experience.

Professional Placement
Professional placements, totalling 300 days, are organised in a variety of settings e.g. early intervention and school age teams with HSE/disability services, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS). Professional placements provide extensive opportunities for the exercise of a wide range of professional roles and competencies. Students typically attend placements for 3-4 days per week. Where possible, students will be placed close to their home base.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The programme is sufficiently flexible in content and structure to adapt readily to current and future needs and to the emergence of new knowledge in educational psychology and related fields. Taught modules are typically delivered in four-day blocks over the first two years. In addition to taught modules, a variety of workshops and seminars are organised for trainees and delivered by experienced practitioners e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Video Interactive Guidance, Dynamic Assessment. One day per week is normally assigned to study.

The DECPsy programme is structured as follows:
Year 1 (90 ECTS)
Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
EPS733: Professional Skills and Issues in ECP (9 ECTS)
EPS734: Assessment, Formulation and Intervention in ECP 1 (9 ECTS)
EPS704: Research Methods (6 ECTS)
EPS736: Personal and Professional Development 1 (3 ECTS)
EPS737: Professional Placement 1 (3 ECTS)

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
EPS738: Assessment, Formulation and Intervention in ECP 2 (9 ECTS)
EPS739: Research Project 1 (6 ECTS)
EPS740: Personal and Professional Development 2 (3 ECTS)
EPS741: Professional Placement 2 (12 ECTS)

Summer (30 ECTS)
EPS742: Research Project 2 (30 ECTS)

Year 2 (90 ECTS)
Semester 3 (30 ECTS)
EPS743: Advanced Theory and Practice in ECP 1 (9 ECTS)
EPS744: Research Project 3 (6 ECTS)
EPS745: Personal and Professional Development 3 (3 ECTS)
EPS746: Professional Placement 3: (12 ECTS)

Semester 4 (30 ECTS)
EPS747: Advanced Theory and Practice in ECP 2 (9 ECTS)
EPS748: Research Project 4 (6 ECTS)
EPS749: Personal and Professional Development 4 (3 ECTS)
EPS750: Professional Placement 4(12 ECTS)

Summer (30 ECTS)
EPS751: Research Project 5 (30 ECTS)

Year 3 (90 ECTS)
Semester 5 (30 ECTS)
EPS752: Research Project 6 (15 ECTS)
EPS753: Personal and Professional Development 5 (3 ECTS)
EPS754: Professional Placement 5: (12 ECTS)

Semester 6 (30 ECTS)
EPS755: Research Project 7 (12 ECTS)
EPS756: Personal and Professional Development 6 (3 ECTS)
EPS757: Professional Placement 6: (15 ECTS)

Summer (30 ECTS)
EPS758: Research Project 8(30 ECTS)

Entry requirements

1. Academic Qualification
Applicants will have a minimum upper second class honours (2.1) degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification in psychology (e.g. HDip Psychology Conversion), recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland or equivalent, as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership.

AND

2. Experiential Component
An equivalent of two year's relevant full-time experience working in the field of education, psychology or healthcare settings (Psychological Society of Ireland, 2022).

3. Interview
Short-listing of applicants for interview normally occurs. Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of requirements 1 and 2 above. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview and to complete a group task on the same date. The selection panel will include members of the DECPsy team and where feasible, external stakeholder representatives. In judging applicants’ suitability, account will be taken of academic qualifications, professional and research experience, interpersonal skills and communication skills in addition to the quality of references provided. The selection panel will pay particular attention to the personal suitability of applicants to work with clients of all ages and with clients from diverse social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. (PSI, 2022, p.17).

4. Garda Vetting
Successful applicants will be Garda vetted prior to final acceptance on to the course.

For English Language Requirements go to https://www.mic.ul.ie/international/study-in-ireland/essential-information/english-language-requirements

Application dates

How to Apply
Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) Application Process 2024/2025
Applications for the Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) are now open.

To apply, please complete all the steps below:
Download the application form from our website.
Complete the application form and insert a photo (if you cannot add the photograph to the application form, attach a photo to your email)
You will be required to send your university transcripts, (and include details of 2 referees on your application form).
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required.
Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee here using Stripe, and return the completed application and transcripts by email: to TaughtProgrammes@mic.ul.ie.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 26th January 2024.

Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. Application fees are non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. See International programme listing at https://www.mic.ul.ie/international/study-in-ireland/postgraduate

Duration

3 years full-time. Delivery Mode: Face-to-face with some online teaching (synchronous and asynchronous) and over 300 days on professional placement.

Enrolment dates

Applications for the Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) are now open.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates of the DECPsy will have knowledge of a broad range of psychological theory, evidence-based practice, method and research and will have the ability to apply psychological methods, insights and interventions to working autonomously or as part of multi-disciplinary teams, with a variety of clients in diverse contexts. Professional practice will be characterised by high ethical standards, competence to practice in a variety of professional contexts, and a disposition to work collaboratively with high levels of professional skill and up-to-date knowledge.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for Chartered Members of the Psychological Society of Ireland and for full membership of the Division of Educational Psychology.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    DECPsy

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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