M.A. Early Years Professional Practice

Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The overall aim of this course is to develop individual practitioner's practice and, through collaboration, to establish a sustainable community of practice. Already experienced practitioners on entry, you will aspire towards 'leading practitioner' status. Given this aspiration, the course will present you with a range of opportunities to rehearse, and hone, the full range of professional skills, including assessing, and being assessed, by your peers.

Collaborative group work, and self and peer appraisal are key elements of the experience in most modules. The final module, the major project, requires that each student undertakes a piece of action research whose focus is the development/improvement of an aspect of early years practice.


Core modules

* Exploring and Challenging Early Years Professional Practice: An Introduction
* Early Years Pedagogy
* Inclusive Practice in Early Years Contexts
* The Broader Contexts of Early Years Practice
* Major Project

Various assessment methods are adopted, including: coursework, essays, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and case studies. Students will be required to self-assess, and to assess the work of their peers. There are no examinations.


Appropriate first degree (at least 2.2), professional experience equivalent to EYPS criteria. Non-Academic Conditions: CRB Checks required

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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