Singapore University of Social Sciences

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology (PSY256)


The Times Education Supplement once described Singapore as “the most academically successful nation in the world”. This course describes the study of how humans learn in educational settings, the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of teaching, and the social psychology of the school as an organisation. Students will learn about instructional design, curriculum development, organisational learning, special education and classroom management.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Educational Contexts
  • Developmental Theories
  • Learner Diversity and Exceptionalities
  • Behaviorism and other Learning Theories
  • Motivation in the Classroom
  • Classroom Management

Learning Outcome

  • Explain cognitive, moral and/or psychosocial development in an educational context
  • Describe learner diversity and/or exceptionalities in an educational setting
  • Illustrate behaviourism and social cognitive theories in educational settings
  • Discuss teaching and learning environments
  • Examine educational theories and its application in educational settings
  • Apply psychological concepts and theories to educational setting
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