Educational Psychology (EDPY) 200

Educational Psychology (Revision 2)

EDPY 200

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDPY 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Educational Psychology 200 is primarily designed for pre-service teachers. However, it is also designed to be useful to newer teachers and to students in professional programs in counselling and psychology. This course seeks to provide a balanced view of educational psychology that blends theory and research about human learning and development and the implications for instructional methods and teacher behaviour.


Part 1: Introduction to Educational Psychology

  • Unit 1: Teachers, Teaching, and Educational Psychology

Part 2: Understanding Student Development and Diversity

  • Unit 2: Cognitive Development and Language
  • Unit 3: Personal, Social, and Moral Development

Part 3: Student Diversity

  • Unit 4: Abilities and Disabilities
  • Unit 5: Culture and Community

Part 4: Learning and Motivation

  • Unit 6: Behavioural Views of Learning
  • Unit 7: The Cognitive View of Learning
  • Unit 8: Complex Cognitive Processes
  • Unit 9: Social Cognitive and Constructivist Views of Learning
  • Unit 10: Motivation in Learning and Teaching

Part 5: Teaching and Assessing Students' Learning

  • Unit 11: Creating Learning Environments
  • Unit 12: Teaching for Learning
  • Unit 13: Classroom Assessment and Grading


To receive credit for EDPY 200, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a “D” (50 per cent). You must achieve a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the reflective summary paper and the final exam to pass the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Quiz 3 Reflective Learning Paper (3 sections) Final Exam Total
10% 10% 10% 36% 34% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Woolfolk, A., Winne, P., & Perry, N. (2009). Educational psychology (Fourth Canadian Ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the EDPY 200 challenge registration, you must obtain a grade of at least “D” (50 per cent) on the assignment and 50 per cent on the exam.

Essay assignment Exam Total
40% 60% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, October 9, 2013.

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