Master of Applied Psychology (Diverse Learning Needs)

PROGRAMME CODE

54057– LNF (Full-time) / 54057 – LNP (Part-time)

MODE OF STUDY
Mixed Mode

DURATION
1 year with summer term (Full-time)
2 years with summer terms (Part-time)

CREDITS REQUIRED FOR AWARD
30 credits

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr Allen DORCAS

SPECIALISM LEADER
Mr Herrick WONG

Programme Professional Consultant
Dr LAI Cheng Cheng-Gea, Alice

 

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PROGRAMME AIMS & OBJECTIVES

This specialism in the Master of Applied Psychology (Diverse Learning Needs) (MAP (DLN)) programme targets in-service teachers, teaching support personnel, social workers, and related health-care professionals who work with individuals with diverse learning needs in their work settings.  It aims to develop graduates with expertise in providing adaptive and effective support to individuals with diverse learning needs across community settings.  The programme has the following specific objectives.

1. To equip participants with the competencies to develop and implement evidence-based practices, as supported by psychological theories and principles, to address the multitude needs of individuals with diverse learning needs in educational, social services and clinical settings.

2. To equip participants with a multi-faceted knowledge of working with individuals with diverse learning needs and their family members.

3. To empower participants with the capacity to deliver multidisciplinary support services and strategically activate collective efforts from different stakeholders in the processes.

4. To equip participants with the capabilities of conducting quality research and critical practice review to contribute to the development of theoretically sound and practical interventional innovations.

 

CHARACTERISTICS

1. This specialism adopts a multidisciplinary approach that embraces close collaboration with professionals from psychology, social work, rehabilitation sciences, and other health-care disciplines.

2. The professional development framework of the specialism facilitates participants to develop competencies horizontally and vertically, and to explore prevailing and emerging issues in the field of diverse learning needs.

3. Practice-based learning activities and attachments aim to empower participants with the capacities to make evidence-based decisions in the process to support individuals with diverse learning needs.

4. This specialism is compatible with prevailing frameworks of professional development in this area of expertise, facilitating its graduates to acquire other recognizable awards and qualifications in the future.

 

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Prospective students are expected to have a recognized Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related disciplines, and with substantial prior knowledge and work experiences in educational settings.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

MAP Common Core Subjects (9 credits)

  • APSS5040 Foundational Competencies
  • APSS5044 Advanced Research Methods: Mixed Methods in Research

DLN Specialism Core Subjects (15 credits)

  • APSS5049 Nurturing the Gifted and Talented: Instructional Models and Professional Practices
  • APSS5055 Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • APSS5056 Advanced Practices in Learning Disorders and Language Minority
  • APSS5057 Attentional Control and Social Adaptation
  • APSS5681 Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Children and Youth with Specific Learning Disabilities

Elective Subjects (Any 2 subjects, 6 credits)

  • APSS534 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention
  • APSS5041 Psychometric Theory and Scale Construction
  • APSS5046 Parenting and Parent Development
  • APSS5052 Cognitive Neuroscience Method in Applied Settings
  • APSS5053 Psycho-socio-educational Program Development and Evaluation
  • APSS5622 Workplace Counselling
  • APSS567 Career Counselling: Theories and Practice


*The subjects offered may be altered at the discretion of the Department. 

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Working with individuals with diverse learning needs has been emerging as an independent discipline, and the expertise and role of educational needs specialist have been well recognized and established.  Graduates from this specialism may take up coordinating positions to provide adaptive support to individuals with diverse learning needs, across education, healthcare and community settings.

 

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

In principle, the requirements for becoming a Registered Psychologist in Hong Kong are: (1) be a member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) for which a Bachelor’s degree in psychology is a prerequisite, (2) possess a Master’s degree in Psychology, and (3) have a minimum of one year of post-Master’s relevant working experience. It should be noted that this programme only helps students in meeting the second requirement.

On successful completion of the programme, students with an undergraduate major in Psychology may consider applying for registration upon gaining one-year of post-Master’s work in Psychology. The final decision on registration is maintained by the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS). All psychologists on the register must observe the Code of Professional Conduct maintained by the HKPS.

 

APPLICATION PERIOD AND SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

Prospective applicants can obtain the application material and submit online applications via Study@PolyU during the Application Period. 

Application Period 

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study  > Postgraduate Programmes > Select a Programme 

Submit an Application 

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

 

ENQUIRY

Please contact Miss Helen CHOW at 2766 4314 or e-mail to
Ms Florence LIU at sspg@polyu.edu.hk for enquiry of this programme

 

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