This course is for people who aim to advance their knowledge of young children's learning and development. Through studying this course, you will enhance your understanding of early childhood education and care, from birth to age eight. You will also develop your research skills.
If you have a first degree in early childhood studies, childhood studies, education, or a related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to look in greater depth at aspects of young children's lives, and examine current policies, in order to build upon your own interests and gain a higher level qualification.
The course is also designed for people who are working with young children (for example, foundation stage teachers, graduates working in children's centres, or other early years practitioners) and for college lecturers in childcare and education who would like to study further to extend their professional development. We also welcome parents, volunteers, and others with a personal interest in this interesting and important subject.
International MA students are encouraged to join the course, as we enjoy dialogues about developments in early childhood education and care in different countries. In recent years, conversations with colleagues from around the world have been fostered through conferences run by the Early Childhood Research Group and we are keen to expand this community of enquiry.
You will choose two optional modules from the above list.
Assessment is via different types of presentations and written assignments. For each 30 credit module there is an assessment of up to 8,000 words (or equivalent). The Major Project is usually a written research report of 18,000 words. There are no examinations on this course.
First degree at 2.2, should be in Early Childhood Studies, Education or a related subject (e.g. psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, health and / or social care, law, politics, social policy and economics etc.) Preferred: Criminal Records Bureau check, enhanced disclosure (necessary before fieldwork / research can be undertaken in early childhood settings). This is not an essential course requirement, as the pathway can be successfully completed with a focus on theory and literature, but students without a current CRB or unable to obtain one will not be able to engage in any direct work with young children in early childhood settings. Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.
No work experience is required.
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