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An Introduction to Educational Psychology

Course Code: PSYC 2207
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides an introduction to concepts, theories, and research in educational psychology. The topics covered include cognitive, social and physical development during the school years, learning theories, instructional approaches, motivation, assessment, and individual differences. This course is recommended for students who are interested in teaching or coaching school-aged children.

Course Content

  1. Foundations of educational psychology
    • What is educational psychology?
    • Goals of educational psychology.
    • Research methods.
  2. Development during the school years
    • Physical and cognitive.
    • Social and emotional.
  3. Diversity
    • Individual variations.
    • Socio-cultural diversity.
    • Exceptional learners.
  4. Learning theories
    • Behavioural and social cognitive.
    • Cognitive Information processing.
    • Social constructivist.
  5. Teaching approaches
    • Motivation.
    • Classroom management.
  6. Educational Assessment and learning
    • Standardized tests.
    • Current trends in assessment.
    • Alternative assessments.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures will be the primary method of instruction, but the course will also involve other methods of instruction such as small group activities, group discussions, laboratory demonstrations, field trips, computer simulations, video/DVDs, and guest lectures.  

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on course objectives and include some of the following:

  1. multiple choice, short answer, or essay exams
  2. term paper, research project, or written assignments
  3. oral presentation or teaching demonstration

The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme is as follows:

Research paper - 20%
Three exams at 20% each - 60%
Presentation - 20%
Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Define educational psychology and give examples of the different topics educational psychologists study.
  2. Identify the research methods and aims of educational psychology.
  3. Describe the developmental issues faced by school age children.
  4. Explain how individual variations and cultural diversity affect thinking and learning.
  5. Describe the challenges presented by learning disabilities.
  6. Describe the challenges presented by students with exceptional skills.
  7. Explain and apply behavioural, socio-cultural, and cognitive learning theories.
  8. Explain the role of motivation on learning and classroom behavior.
  9. Describe classroom management techniques.
  10. Identify commonly used standardized tests, their strengths and limitations, and use in school settings. 
  11. Outline current trends in traditional and alternative assessments. 

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.