UNSW offers a suite of professionally accredited programs to prepare students for secondary school teaching in a range of subjects.

All undergraduate preservice teacher education students study a compulsory course, EDST1101 Educational Psychology, taught during the first year of their dual degree program. For more information, see:

Postgraduate Coursework: Teacher professional development

UNSW offers specialist postgraduate coursework programs in educational psychology which are designed for teachers in mainstream schools who wish to enhance their understanding of cognitive and motivational processes and their implications for teaching and instructional design. The program is designed to provide deeper insights into human development, learning, thinking, motivation and individual differences within the framework of cognitive load and motivation theories. For more information, see:

Prospective students who want to update and/or extend their professional learning (including the option of continuing to higher degree research programs) will need to complete four core courses, research methods and a special project plus two electives.

Sample courses:

PhD student, Emma Burns, explains her research and why she is studying at UNSW.

Postgraduate Research

Educational Psychology staff at UNSW are able to supervise research students on topics relating to their areas of expertise including (but not limited to):

  • Cognitive Load Theory
  • Instructional Design: Cognitive Load Aspects
  • Educational Technology: Cognitive Load Perspectives
  • Motivation
  • Engagement
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Achievement.

These posters explain more about the areas of specialisation:
Cognitive Load Theory (PDF), and Motivation and Engagement (PDF).

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Dr Rebecca Collie’s research focuses on how principals can support teachers’ motivation and wellbeing and whether this is linked to students’ learning outcomes. Dr Collie is a post-doctoral fellow at UNSW Australia.