Master of Education(Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice) - Basic Level Entry

Flinders University

Program Overview

What is going on when students are trying to understand texts or diagrams, or when they are trying to solve problems?

Can you help students change their motivational states?

Can you influence learners’ self-regulation of learning in the face-to-face and online environments?

Study Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice, and you will uncover the answers to these questions and more. This unique program is designed to meet the increasing demand for professional education about teaching-learning issues such as motivation, cognition and metacognition.

If you are a classroom teacher, lecturer, tutor, trainer, coach, principal, educational consultant, professional working in the education sector, leading or advising about teaching and learning in your organisation, or if you simply want to understand your own learning processes, this course will equip you to apply the cognitive psychology of learning to problems that arise in learning and teaching.

This course is also suitable to develop your research capacity and transition into educational research and lead educational change. Enhance your research skills, become an informed consumer of research, analyse educational policy and practice and gain insights to ultimately improve professional decision making.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 33,000



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In the Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice you will study six core topics, and can select from a range of elective topics and minor programs of study to shape the degree according to your needs and interests.

The program provides educators with opportunities to examine their own teaching and to develop evidence‐based models for practice, and facilitates improved professional decision making in learning and teaching practice, experiences and outcomes.

Core Modules

  • Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning
  • Teaching to Develop Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition
  • The Psychology of Learning and Instruction
  • Applications of Psychology to Learning and Instruction
  • Research Design in Cognition and Instruction
  • Research Application in Cognition and Instruction

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification or hold a the Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice or closely related qualification.

International students must satisfy our English language proficiency requirements for admission. If your first language is not English you will need to have:

  • Achieved the required test score for the course you are applying for. The IELTS and equivalent scores to meet the various levels #. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and Cambridge tests must be taken in a registered testing centre.; or
  • Successfully completed an approved secondary or tertiary qualification, taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken (for up to an overall IELTS of 6.5) with evidence no more than five years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course; or
  • Successfully completed a pre-course English program from an approved ELICOS Provider*.

Annual fees:  $33,000

A Master degree from Flinders University is an asset recognised locally, nationally and internationally for anyone seeking and/or furthering a career in educational contexts.

Graduates will be equipped for careers in a wide range of settings, from early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary, vocational and higher education to policy and curriculum advisory, or corporate training contexts.

Potential occupations:

  • Teacher/educator/lecturer/trainer/tutor

  • School/educational site principal/director

  • Teaching and learning coordinator/advisor/director/

  • Coordinator of educational programs

  • Education policy advisor 

  • School counsellor or wellbeing coordinator

  • Psychologist working with learners

  • Researcher

Potential employers:

  • Schools and education sites in all education sectors nationally and internationally

  • Post-secondary/higher education providers

  • Non-government agencies and community development organisations

  • Education research institutions (in Australia and Internationally)

  • Organisations in a range of contexts where expertise in teaching, learning, and training is involved (e.g., community organisations, corporate training)

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