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Educational Psychology Diploma Course

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The Educational Psychology Diploma Course explains the ways in which students learn and develop, whilst providing discussions and practical examples of how this information can be incorporated into teaching frameworks and used to plan, create and deliver effective lessons.

By the course’s end, students will have an improved understanding of human behaviour and mental processes within an educational context. The course covers the following aspects of educational psychology: history, main learning theories, student development theories, motivation, and some classroom management skills.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Using the theories and practical examples explained in the Educational Psychology Diploma Course, educators will better understand the psychological processes of learning and development. Using the knowledge provided in the course, they will be able to create improved lesson plans that will encourage and aid their students’ learning and improve their own ability to fulfil their roles.

What You'll Learn from the Educational Psychology Diploma Course

  1. What is Educational Psychology?
  2. The Learning Process
  3. Student Development
  4. Student Motivation
  5. Student Diversity
  6. Students with Special Educational Needs
  7. Classroom Management and the Learning Environment
  8. Facilitating Complex Thinking

After a brief introduction to the course and to the subject itself, module 1 sets about answering the question of what Educational Psychology actually is. This module goes through the history of the subject, including where thinking is now, topics and specialisms within this area, and the importance of Educational Psychology.

The process of learning can be physical, social, or emotional, as well as cognitive, the results of which are a permanent change in behaviour, skills, knowledge, or attitude. How we actually learn is a broad subject, which is described in module 2 through various theories and the explanation of well-practiced processes.

The 3rd module of the Educational Psychology Diploma Course teaches students about childhood growth and developmental experiences in relation to the teaching process. The module first gives an overview of the stages of development and then looks into each stage individually, before moving on to some specific areas of development.

Student motivation is an important area, as attendance to a class is not in itself a guarantee of motivation, especially in compulsory education. The 4th module of the course discusses the differences in motivation and how to tune in to student’s choices, desires, and attitudes, to aid their motivation. The module discusses 7 major theories about motives and their sources, these are:

  1. Motives as behaviour change
  2. Motives as goals
  3. Motives as interests
  4. Motives as attributions about success
  5. Motives as beliefs about self-efficacy
  6. Motives as self-determination
  7. Expectancy-value theory

As with any group of people, students vary in many ways. The 5th module of the Educational Psychology Course talks about the ways in which students can be different, and how these differences are reflected in the way they learn. This covers topics such as: the way in which individuals prefer to learn, different intelligence types, gifted students, cultural expectations, and gender differences.

The 6th module discusses students with special educational needs. This includes how to recognise the signs of certain conditions and how to adapt learning to fit those with additional needs, be they physical, intellectual, sensory, learning, or behavioural, so that they may still reach their full potential.

For learners to get the most from their lessons, they need a positive and productive learning experience. Module 7 discusses the importance of creating a nurturing environment and how to achieve this with practical classroom management.

The final module of the Educational Psychology Diploma Course discusses the 3 somewhat complex forms of thinking that are commonly pursued in classroom learning: critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving. The module then goes on to explain how these are stimulated, using 2 types of instruction: Teacher Directed and Student Centred.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Educational Psychology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Course Description


Module 1: What is Educational Psychology?

  • Historical background and pioneers
  • Present status and concerns
  • Importance of educational psychology
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 2: The Learning Process

  • Major theories and models of learning
  • Behaviorism
  • Cognitivism
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 3: Student Development

  • Why Development matters
  • Growth and development
  • Processes and periods of child development
  • Cognitive development: the theory of Jean Piaget
  • Social development: Relationships, motives and morality
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 4: Student Motivation

  • Motives as behaviour
  • Operant conditioning as a way of motivating
  • Motives as goals
  • Motives as interests
  • Motives related to attributions
  • Motivation as self-efficacy
  • Motivation as self-determination
  • Expectancy X value: effects on students
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 5: Student Diversity

  • Individual styles of learning and thinking
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Gifted and talented students
  • Gender differences in the classroom
  • Differences in cultural expectations and styles
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 6: Students with Special Educational Needs

  • Categories of disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Physical disabilities and sensory impairments
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 7: Classroom Managment and the Learning Environment

  • Why classroom management matters
  • Preventing management problems
  • Establishing daily procedures and routines
  • Communicating the importance of learning and of positive behaviour
  • Responding to student misbehaviour
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions

Module 8: Facilitating Complex Thinking

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Broad instructional strategies that stimulates complex thinking
  • Teacher directed instruction
  • Mastery learning
  • Student centered models of learning
  • Summary
  • Assessment questions


Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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