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 Master of Applied Psychology (Diverse Learning Needs) (MAP (DLN)) targets mainly in-service teachers, teaching support personnel, social workers, rehabilitation sciences professionals, health care professionals and others who are addressing the diverse learning needs of their clients in their work setting. The specialism aims to develop participants with the expertise for providing adaptive and effective support to individuals with special learning needs across community settings, such as schools, non-profit organizations (NGOs), social service centres, counselling services, learning centres, child assessment centre and hospitals & clinics etc.

The programme equips participants with the necessary competencies in the application of knowledge and methods of psychology and other related disciplines in human service context. The specialism comes with the following objectives:

1. To prepare the participants with the attitudes to embrace and the capacity to design and implement a wide range of evidence-based practices, as informed by psychological theories and principles, to address the multitude needs of children and adolescents with diverse learning needs in educational, social services & clinical settings.

2. To equip participants with the situated knowledge on working with children and adolescents in need. The knowledge should not be limited to any particular discipline, given that diverse learning needs are multifaceted and influence many different aspects of one’s life. Effective intervention should adopt a multidisciplinary approach.

3. To empowers participants with the capacity to deliver support services and to flexibly activate collective efforts from different stakeholders within support models.

4. To equip participants to deliver context-specific assessments and interventions for children and adolescents with diverse learning needs.

5. To equip the participants with the capability to conduct quality research and critically review existing practices in order to inform design of new interventional innovations.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach that embraces close collaborations among professionals from psychology, social work, rehabilitation sciences, optometry and other health disciplines.

2. Its content will be closely connected with EDB’s existing framework of professional development in the area of diverse learning needs. It provides participants of EDB training with a ladder to acquire recognizable award and qualification in this area of expertise.

3. It empowers its participants, mostly in-service educational practitioners, social workers and health care professionals, to work complementarily with psychologists in providing comprehensive support to children and adolescents with diverse learning needs.

 

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)

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

DLN Specialism Core Subjects (15 credits)

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

Elective Subjects (Any 2 subjects, 6 credits)

  • APSS5041 Psychometric Theory and Scale Construction
  • APSS5042 Identification and Assessment of the High Ability, Gifted and Talented Learners
  • APSS5046 Parenting and Parent Development
  • APSS534 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention
  • APSS5052 Cognitive Neuroscience Method in Applied Settings


 

CAREER PROSPECTS

In many other developed countries, diverse learning needs and learning disabilities has emerged as an independent discipline, with the specialist role and expertise of special educational needs coordinator has been well recognized and established. Graduates may take up a coordinating role to provide adaptive support to individuals with special learning needs across community and educational settings such as schools, social welfare or healthcare agencies, etc. Participants may also choose to further their study towards a doctorate level programme.

 

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 degree in psychology is a prerequisite,
2. possess a master’s degree in psychology, and
3. have a minimum of one year post-master’s relevant working experience. It should be noted that the 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 under the register have to 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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