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Faculty of Humanities and Education

School of Education


The Psychology of Education

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About the Programme

This programme provides grounding in Psychology, giving particular attention to its implications for education, teaching, learning and research methods. Thus, the student gains an understanding of the psychological foundations of education and instructional strategies.

What Will I Study?

You will discover:

  • How to identify  the characteristics and educational needs of students with developmental delays/issues physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally and use your psychological skills to cater for their needs in the classroom settings.
  • How to deal with current issues in the classroom including the need to shift the focus from teacher to students for effective learning.
  • The real-life problems of Caribbean children and adolescents at the different stages of development as well as the theoretical links  to explain and analyse each stage in a psychosocial framework with reference to research conducted with Caribbean children and families.
  • The  major psychological, social and health issues of Caribbean children that impact the practice of teaching in the Caribbean
  • A comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the research studies applicable to the specific educational domain
  • Strategies for helping students develop psychological, emotional  and social well-being and positive self-concept.


Our faculty does research in all areas of Psychology and Learning. We focus on improving students' learning (cognitive, behavioural, developmental, social, and emotional) and investigate factors that influence the ability to learn, in order to improve gender gaps as well as educational practice for children, adults and people with special learning needs.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:

  • Develop your career as an Educational Researcher (play a key role in learning processes)
  • Become an Educational Psychologist (create programmes that enhance learning)
  • Advance your career as a College Counsellor (provide counseling services to students in academic settings)
  • Become a School Psychologist (improve the learning process for all students, help students process conflicting and confusing emotions so that they do not affect their learning experience)
  • Teach as College Professor (work in a college setting as an instructor and/or researcher)

Then this degree is for you!

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MEd
  • Duration: 1 year : Full-Time ; 2 years : Part-Time


Programme Details

You will complete courses in:

  • Personality Theory and Assessment
  • Social Psychology of Education
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Psychology of Caribbean Children
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Research Project/Field Work
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Tuition remission may be available for Barbadian students. Several scholarships and financial aid are available for non-Barbadian students.  

Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Tuition Costs »

Admission to the Master of Education programme will normally require:
  1. A Bachelor’s degree of at least Lower Second Class Honours and the Diploma in Education of The University of the West Indies or any other diploma or certificate in Education acceptable to the School of Education;
  2. A Bachelor’s degree with courses in Education acceptable to the School of Education; 
  3. A Bachelor’s degree and a Teacher’s College Certificate that are both acceptable to the School of Education;
  4. The Bachelor of Education Degree of the UWI or 
  5. Any qualification deemed to be equivalent by the appropriate committee of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

If you have questions about the Master of Education with specialisation in The Psychology of Education, please e-mail Dr Grace Fayombo (​) or call 246-417-4435.

For general queries about our Master of Education programmes, please e-mail