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Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology

Note: The 'At a Glance' section below is indicative only.

Full-time:

Level: 10

Duration: 3 years

Location: MIC Limerick

Delivery Mode:

Face-to-face with some online teaching (synchronous and asynchronous) and over 300 days on professional placement.

Assessment:

Portfolios/e-portfolios, essays, presentations, Objective Structured Professional Assessment (OSPA), case reports, systematic reviews and thesis.

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  • Programme Overview

    The Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) is a highly sought-after three-year, full-time professional training course for candidates interested in pursuing a career as an educational psychologist. This course will equip candidates with the necessary competencies to work in a range of autonomous and collaborative professional roles that are performed by educational psychologists (EPs) in a variety of contexts and with a range of client groups. The overall aim of the DECPSY programme is to enable students to effectively integrate theory and practice and become skilled and accountable professional practitioners.

    Key Features

    For Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme FAQs, click here.

    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 & Career Opportunities

    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.

    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.

    Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology Programme Coordinator, Dr Therese Brophy
    DECPsy Programme
    Programme Coordinator, Dr Therese Brophy, speaks about this professional training course.

    More Information

    • For Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme FAQs, click here.
    • To find out more about this programme, check out the programme flyer here.

    Newsletter

    For an insight into this programme, please click on the links below to access past editions of the DECPsy Newsletter.

    Issue No. 2 Autumn 2021 DECPsy Newsletter
    Issue No. 1 Summer 2020 DECPsy Newsletter

    Contact

    Caroline Coyne

    T: +353 61 204358

    E: Caroline.Coyne@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    For Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme FAQs, click here.

    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.

    Entry Requirements

    By the closing date for applications applicants must have:

    • A minimum upper second class honours (2.1) degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification, recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland or equivalent, as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership.
    • An equivalent of two year's relevant full-time experience working in the field of education or psychology or both is required. 

    Short-listing of applicants for interview normally occurs. The selection panel will pay attention to the personal suitability of applicants to work with children. In evaluating 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. Successful applicants will be Garda vetted prior to final acceptance on to the course. 

    Shortlisting: First two weeks of February 2022.

    Interviews: Provisionally Monday 28 February up to Tuesday 8 March 2022.

    • Click here for English language requirements.

    How to Apply

    Fees: Click here.

    Applications are now closed.

    Shortlisting: First two weeks of February 2022.
    Interviews: Provisionally Monday 28 February up to Tuesday 8 March 2022.

    Please Note: Not all MIC programmes are open for applications from non-EU countries. Please contact the MIC International Office to check programme eligibility before applying as the application fee is non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. Email: International@mic.ul.ie

     

    Contact
    Caroline Coyne
    +353 61 204358

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