M.A. Early Years Education

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP14080 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) | London, United Kingdom
This masters degree is for early years practitioners who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of theory and practice, and others interested in working with young children and their families.

Description of Early Years Education


This masters degree will:

  • look at challenging issues relevant to early years education
  • develop your skills in assessing the quality of early years practice
  • engage with current understandings of teaching and learning
  • increase your understanding of policy development
  • draw your attention to recent debates and issues
  • enable you to conduct research in early years settings.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education
  • prepare for leadership roles
  • develop your understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Length of programme

One year full-time or two years part-time


Face-to-face evening sessions

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments and a 20,000 word dissertation.

Interested in finding out more? Why not come along to our open evening, Tuesday 11 September, 5pm-7pm in central London? For further information and to book your place, please visit ioe.ac.uk/open

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EEA Sep 14
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14080 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6240 Year (EEA)

Home/EU: £6240 Part-Time: £3120
International: £14080 Part-Time: £7040

Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Core topics

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in the early years
  • Early years curriculum
  • Play in the early years
  • Oracy and literacy development
  • Understanding diversity
  • Contemporary issues in early years education
  • Education research

Related topics

  • Leading policy and practice for early childhood services
  • Improving early childhood through interventions
  • Theories of childhood and children's rights

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Early Years Education

Entry requirements vary from course to course, so pleasecheck individual pages of the prospectusor website for full details.

Applicants for taught Masters programmes are requiredtoprovide evidence of:AUK honours degree or accepted equivalent.

English language proficiencyat the level set out in our academic regulations. We accept IELTs(overall 7.0, reading 6.5, writing 6.0), TOEFL(paper 650, computerised 280, internet 100) and Pearson Test of EnglishAcademic Scores (68-70).Applicants automatically meet the English proficiency requirement if they hold a degree from a majority English speaking country issued within the last 3 years, or if they have been educated from secondary school onwards in a majority English speaking country.

Applicants for taught Masters programmes are required to write a personal supporting statement of 700-850 words.

The personal statement is an important part of the application and it is to be completed in accordance with paragraph 10 of the guidance notes on ‘Completing your UKPASS application’. Where a supporting statement does not provide adequate evidence of ability to study at Masters level, qualifying routes may be offered to applicants.

Work Experience for Early Years Education

No work experience is required.

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UCL Institute of Education (IOE), United Kingdom

United Kingdom The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is world leading in education and social science. Ranked 1st in the world for education (QS World Rankings 2015) and 1st in the UK for research strength (REF 2014), the IOE has an unrivalled reputation for excellence in the field. Located in central London, the IOE is a global hub of ideas and debate with a true commitment to research and teaching excellence. Our world-renowned academic staff conduct research for governments, ministries, schools and universities, meaning that the IOE’s expertise continually influences and impacts global educational policy. Students interested in education can choose from two undergraduate programmes, 60 flexible masters programmes and research in the largest Centre for Doctoral Education in the UK.

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