Major: Educational Psychology

Minor: Religion

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Structure and Degree Requirements for Graduation

In order for AUCA student to graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Education in Psychology with Educational Psychology, he/she should complete the requirements as outlined above and as described below.

General Education Courses

For the general education courses, check the section of general education requirements for more details.

Core (Professional) Courses

For the core (professional) courses, check the section of core (professional) courses of the Faculty of Education

Major and Minor in Psychology

For the Major (concentration) or Minor in Educational Psychology, check the following tables:

General Education Courses:  36 Credits

Course Code Name of the Course Credits
ENGL 100 English Level 0
FREN 100 French Level 0
MATH 100 Math Level 0
INSY 100 Keyboarding 0
ACCT 111 Principles of Accounting I 3
*ECON 112 Introduction to Economics 2
**PSYC 112 Introduction to Psychology 2
***EDPC 215 Human Developmental Psychology 3*
EDRE 113 Study and Research Methods 2
ENGL 114 English I: English Language and Grammar 2
FREN 115 French I 2
RELB 116 Introduction to Bible Study 2
STAT 121 Descriptive Statistics 3
ENGL 122 English II: Writing Skills 2
FREN 123 French II 2
INSY 124 Micro Computer Application 3
RELT 125 Bible Doctrines 3
ENGL 211 English III: Communication Skills 2
FREN 212 French III 2
HELT 213 Health Principles 2
RELT 221 Philosophy, Science and Religion 2
TOTAL            36

* is not taken by students of Business Administration.

                ** is only taken by students of Business Administration and students of Theology

                *** is only taken by students of Theology

List of Core (professional) Courses of the Faculty of Education

Course                 Code Course Title Credit
EDTE 223 Introduction of the Teaching Profession 2
EDTE 222 Instructional Technology 2
EDTE 312 Foundations and Principles of Curriculum 2
EDTE 311 Classroom Testing, Measurement,  and Evaluation 2
EDRE 323 Educational Research Methods 3
EDTE 224 Principles of Teaching 2
EDTE 422 Teaching Practice 3
EDPC 215 Human Developmental Psychology 3
EDPC 126 Educational Psychology 2
STAT 216 Inferential Statistics in Education 3
EDAD 214 Pedagogy and History of Education 2
EDAD 322 Sociology of Education 2
EDAD 413 Comparative Education 2
EDAD 321 Foundation of School Administration 2
EDAD 411 Educational Planning 2
EDAD 412 Economics of Education 2
EDAD 117 Philosophy of Education 2
EDAD 318 Entrepreneurship & Project Management 3
EDTE 423 Curriculum Development 2
Total     43


List of Major (Concentration) Courses in Educational Psychology

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List of Minor Courses in Religion for Educational Psychology Major students

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BIOL 117 Anatomy and Physiology of Nervous System 3 credits

This course is an introductory study to the Central Nervous System and Hormonal System control of the human body homeostasis. The topics covered include: The Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System; the functions of peripheral nervous system; the cooperation of neuron; Central Nervous System and sense organs in the control of the human body; the anatomy and physiology of endocrine system and the functions of the nervous tissue and the diseases that are linked to the disruption of the hormonal system.

BIOL 126 Genetics 3 credits

The course is a study of the mechanisms of transmission of hereditary characteristics. The course covers the definition and purpose of the history of genetics, Mendel and the laws of heredity, the lethality and the interaction of genes, the physical basis of heredity, the cell nucleus and chromosomes, the theories of the chromosomal heredity, the linkage and crossing-over, genetic determination of sex, and gender heredity. The discussion will also include the inheritance of blood groups, rhesus factor, hemophilia and color blindness and cases of mutations, gene expression, protein synthesis and the genetic code.

SOPC 214 Social Psychology 2 credits

This course deals with the definition, history, methods of social psychology and relationship of social psychology with other sciences. The course also describes the notion of groups, concept of dynamic groups, sociometrics, creative groups, decisions groups, technical meeting and communication skills.

EDPC 214 Great Trends in History of Psychology 3 credits

The course traces and explains the routes of psychology in the philosophy of separating and identifying the main ideas of each current psychological idea. It also discusses the evolution of scientific ideas, philosophical currents of scientific psychology within which the following are dealt with: Wundt, structuralism movement, functionalist movement, current behaviourism, neo-behaviourist movement reflexology, current psychoanalytic clinical course and current cognitivist.

EDPC 227 Detailed Study of Developmental Psychology 2 credits

The course covers the study of the psychology of adolescent development and psychological adulthood to old age. It also handles adolescent psychology by analyzing puberty and the physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual, social, moral and religious development to adulthood.

EDTE 416 School Orientation 2 credits

This course focuses on school and professional orientation in the educational institutions. The discussed topics include the meaning of orientation, educational, vocational, professional, and school orientations; the professional needs of school orientation of new members of the teaching profession and the new intake of the students; the Principals agents of school orientation; the school and professional orientation in the Republic of Rwanda and the relevant limits and problems of school orientation in general and particularly in Rwanda.

EDPC 226 Experimental Psychology 3 credits

The purpose of this course is based on the background and methodology of experimental psychology. The course also discusses the scientific approaches of experimental designs. The study of some experimental psychology (classical conditioning and operant conditioning) is described.

SMTC 317 Special Methodology of Teaching in Teacher Training Colleges 2 credits

The course focuses on effective teaching and also an examination of students involvement in the teaching and learning process. The topics to cover include concepts of teaching, the teacher, teaching effectiveness, planning and preparation of teaching which include schemes of work and lesson planning, classroom management and other professional responsibilities. The course highlights different models of teaching and general methods of teaching such as inductive and deductive methods.

EDUC 315 Early Child Education 2 credits

The course provides an understanding of the nature of early childhood education, practice and organization. It also unveils to give students, the psychological tools, educational plan, as managed, supervised and taught in the preschool education centres. The course introduces the importance, objective and organization of early childhood education in Rwanda.

EDTE 324 Education of the Exceptional People 3 credits

This course describes the general types of disabilities in the perspective of psychology and education. The description includes the mental, physical and social impairments in reference to blindness, deafness, dumbness, substance abuse, the child with epilepsy, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and difficulty of concentrating.

EDTE 326 Psychometric Methods 2 credits

The course provides the student with conceptual tools essential to the analysis of psychometric methods, examines the various methods used for the measurement of psychic phenomena, presents techniques for the construction and administration of tests and the repertoire of different types of test.

EDTE 314 Methods of Teaching in Primary Schools 3 credits

The course gives the student teacher of educational psychology, the theories of teaching arts, social sciences, mathematics, sciences and technology. It also provides skills on how to design lesson plans. Practically, the student attends some type of lessons taught in primary schools and analyzes them. In the process, the student is required to give trial lessons in primary schools.

EDPC 327 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling 2 credits

This course centres on the definition of counseling concepts, procedures, methods, and problems in the collection of personal data in a professional interview situation. The course also elaborates theories and techniques of academic, vocational, and therapeutic counseling in various settings. It is designed to improve intra and interpersonal behavioral patterns for a more effective living. Further consideration is given to clinical, educational, and crisis intervention in counseling applications.

EDTE 318 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

The course focuses on the development of psychopathology and mental health issues. The course also looks at the psychological disorders of individuals, life-span developmental disorders and the like. With abnormal psychology, students and lecturer discuss some of the interventions and legal and ethical issues that pertain to abnormal psychology.

FREN 325 Introduction to Psycholinguistics 2 credits

This course involves the study of the psychology of language. Particular attention is given to language acquisition in children, the mental lexicon, behaviourism and mentalism in linguistics, the formal architecture of grammar, the relationship between language and thought.

EDRE 421 Research Project (Memoire) 6 credits

This course deals with a research problem that a student develops while taking classes at AUCA. The problem is approved by the Faculty of Education. After approval, the student writes the introduction, reviews the literature related to the topic, writes the methodology in which the student shows how the data will be collected, collects the data, analyzes and interprets results and then gives appropriate conclusions and recommendations. This course is taken towards the end of the study.