Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$4120 CSP
$29147 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


The Master of Psychology (Ed and Dev) degree at ACU is a two year postgraduate course consisting of academic coursework, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention, lifespan perspective, and completion of a research project. Successful completion of the course allows registration as a general psychologist and eligibility for the two year registrar program, culminating in Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) endorsement in Educational & Developmental psychology.

Successful completion of the course allows registration as a general psychologist and upon completion of an additional period of supervised practice, for area of practice endorsement in educational and developmental psychology with The Psychology Board of Australia.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. See the Courses costs section below, under Fees.

Professional experience

Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.

Work placement

During the course, students complete three practicum placements. The first practicum usually occurs in the on-campus training clinic. During this placement students gain experience in assessment, diagnosis and therapy under close individual and group supervision conducted by experienced psychologists. Students must be supervised by a psychologist who is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. During the second year of the course, most students complete two six-month external placements. Practicum options include placements in the Catholic Education Office, Department of Education, schools, early intervention services, disability services, and in non-governmental and private practice settings.

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.


Graduates will be well-prepared to work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of settings.

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • practitioner psychology
  • school psychology
  • research
  • child and adolescent counselling

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental), a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

PSYC621 Professional Practice in Psychology

PSYC638 Therapeutic Skills

PSYC630 Psychological Assessment

PSYC622 Practicum Skills

Year 1 - Semester 2

PSYC623 Psychopathology

PSYC645 Learning Difficulties: Assessment and Intervention

PSYC613 Practicum A

PSYC624 Evidence-Based Practice for Psychologists

Year 2 - Semester 1

PSYC644 Applied Educational Psychology

PSYC643 Applied Developmental Psychology

PSYC614 Practicum B

PSYC664 Research 1

Year 2 - Semester 2

PSYC615 Practicum C

20 cp

PSYC665 Research 2

20 cp

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Additional course information

This course is available as a double combined with the Doctor of Philosophy, subject to the student meeting PhD admission criteria.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:


i. a Bachelor degree with honours in an accredited psychology course with minimum of IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years; OR

ii. Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in Psychology completed in the last 10 years;



i. a Bachelor degree with accredited three year major study in psychology and satisfactory completion of an additional year of accredited study in psychology, or equivalent, with an overall mark equivalent to IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years;


ii. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;


c. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory:

i. academic referee report;

ii. professional referee report; AND

iii. for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;


d. be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs.

ACU also offers the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/Doctor of Philosophy which combines professional training within clinical psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students interested in this combined degree must first apply for and complete one year of the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental).


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4120 CSP
$29147 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply


No deferment available.


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