MSc in Child Development and Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology)

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Master in Child Development and Educational Psychology

The proper mental, emotional and social development of children is one of the most important issues of our time. It is now understood that it does not occur “automatically” simply because a child is growing up. While, in the past, the status of child psychologist was associated with mental disorders, today it is recognized that it concerns all children. Thus, child psychology has expanded and deepened its field of research, creating specializations and special directions.

The MSc in Child Development and Educational Psychology program, offered by the BCA in collaboration with the University of West London, has two pathways: Child Development and Educational Psychology. It provides a solid basis for the application of psychological theory in educational settings, analyzing the mechanisms by which the child’s personality is structured, individual differences, the learning process, behavioral and emotional difficulties. It is addressed to graduates of schools with the theme of psychology, education, special education, welfare services, who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Graduates can pursue careers as professional child psychologists, as developmental and mental health counselors, and as education specialists (educational psychologists, school psychologists). They can work with children and families, in general or in special categories (eg gifted students, special education students, vulnerable, students at risk), at school or in the community, or with government agencies at the policy-making level. They can also work in companies engaged in the development of educational material, as study planners and as researchers.

Delivery date(s):​

October for the Fall Semester or
February for the Spring Semester

Duration:​

Full Time – 1 year or
Part Time – 2 years

Timetable :​

Friday evenings and Saturday mornings (2-3 times per month)

Language of study:

Greek or English

Delivery in a language is subject to sufficient student numbers.

Programme Benefits

1

BCA cooperation with companies and organizations, which offer students the possibility of practical application and valuable work experience during their studies.

2

Lectures by distinguished developmental and educational psychologists, specialists in child development, special education, charismatic education, integration, trauma-related practices, school psychologists and researchers, of a high academic and professional level.

3

Seminars in collaboration with specialists, such as the Center for Cognitive and Systemic Psychotherapy.

 

University of West London
Awards
Co-curricular Activities
Entry Requirements

Studying at BCA, you live in Greece but you are exposed to the learning experience designed and provided by a high-level British or Swiss University and you are awarded the same, Bachelor & Master degrees, awarded to UK and Swiss students., which are recognized in the Greek and international labor market. In addition, you will benefit from the digital technology with the specialized online educational platforms developed by BCA and incorporated into the Blended Learning philosophy.


The successful course of BCA is certified by the multiple awards it has received during the years of its educational operation. One of the most important prizes was its announcement of being the “COLLEGE OF THE YEAR”, awarded by the Education Leaders Awards Special Committee. More information on the BCA College Awards can be found here.


The programmes of study provided by BCA College are further enriched with industrial visits, seminars and lectures organised during the year in parallel with the curriculum. These co-curricular  activities bridge the academic theory taught in classrooms with current professional practice, transfer students’ know-how and expertise in real time, and connect them with renowned executives, entrepreneurs, and people with key positions in their field.

Applicants can be admitted to the course as long as they possess:

  • a second class honours degree from a UK University, or
  • a Ptychion of 6.0 and above from  an AEI University or
  • a Ptychion of 7.0 and above from a TEI University, or
  • a Bachelor from an American University with GPA 2.75 and above or equivalent qualification.

Applicants are also required to submit one of the following certifications:

  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Pass at C1 level
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): C and above
  • Cambridge English: First (FCE): B and above
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): P( Pass) and above
  • Pearson Academic (PTE): 53 (with a minimum score of 51 in each component of the test)
  • BCA IELTS Placement Test: a minimum score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component of the test)
  • Other English language qualifications may be considered.

Intensive English classes are provided to those students who do not meet the English requirements.

Programme Manager​

Dr. Anna K. Touloumakos

Dr. Touloumakou graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Education and Psychology (major in Psychology) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She also completed an MA in Educational Psychology/Psychometrics at New York University, NY, US as a scholar of Stamatis Foundation, and an MSc in Counselling & Career Guidance at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. After working for some time with European and Nationally funded research projects, she completed her PhD (DPhil) in Educational Psychology, at the SKOPE Centre, University of Oxford, UK as a scholar of the State Scholarship Foundation and the Economics and Social Research Council. 

She undertook post-doctoral research regarding language skills among children with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) who live in institutions (compared to matched peers) as a State Scholarship Foundation scholar between 2017-2019, at the Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Touloumakou has been teaching Educational Psychology, and Developmental Psychopathology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences since 2016. She specialises in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools to support children with ACEs.

Programme Structure

Award Title Notes
PG Cert Postgraduate Certificate in Child Development and Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) Participants need to obtain 60 credit points
PG Dip Postgraduate Diploma in Child Development and Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) Participants need to obtain 120 credit points
MSc MSc Child Development and Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) Participants need to obtain 180 credit points

The exit awards as well as the criteria for obtaining them:

All postgraduate programmes, in addition to the Master’s degree, also offer intermediate –supplementary postgraduate awards, such as the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma. These postgraduate titles, which can also be obtained with a degree or honors, are awarded to those students who have completed a part of the postgraduate course.

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