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Our course aims to. support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development. enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

Why choose this course

Our course aims to:
• support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development
• enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old.

About this course:

Upon completing this course, you will be a specialist in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will reflect the specialist role that you have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice. We offer both full and part-time options to gain EYTS.

Available pathways
We offer two pathways that you can choose to complete in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status:
Graduate Entry (GE): (12 months full-time)
You’ll study Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) through reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and placements within the sector.
Graduate – Employment Based (GEB): (12 months part-time)
You’ll be currently working in an early years setting, and require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Alternatively, you may be a newly recruited graduate in an early years setting. You will study reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and your working practice.

Which pathway should I choose?
When you apply, we can help you to decide the right pathway for you.
A key element of your training is practical experience in an early years setting. Placements will help develop your key skill sets. As a minimum, you’ll spend the following periods of time training in the early years sector:
GE pathway - 120 days (24 weeks)
GEB pathway - As determined by the training programme.
Whichever pathway you choose, you must complete a minimum of two weeks in a school in Key Stage 1.
Throughout your PG Certificate in Early Years, you’ll complete assessed teaching placements and additional enhanced placement opportunities that will provide you with challenging, varied, and exciting experiences. For the duration of your placement, you will be supported by a placement/setting mentor and a University of Derby assessment mentor.
Upon completing your course, you’ll have earned 60 credits towards a masters qualification, which means you can progress to stage 2 of a masters degree and quickly progress in your professional career. Our tutors enjoy a strong reputation for the quality of their training, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning from a highly-qualified and competent team.
What is an Early Years Teacher?
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), reflecting the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.
The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status will be seen as the equivalent of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as the entry requirements are the same as for Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
For more information about the role of Early Years Teachers, visit National Careers Service.

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The PGCE Early Childhood Education with recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the Initial Teacher Training for specialist early years teachers (birth to five years). Read more

The PGCE Early Childhood Education with recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the Initial Teacher Training for specialist early years teachers (birth to five years).

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/early-childhood-education-with-early-years-teacher-status.aspx

Course detail

There are two routes for this course. The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) and the Graduate Entry (Employment Based).

The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) is a twelve month, full-time course suitable for high calibre graduates who have limited experience of working with children from birth to five, but who are looking to pursue a career working in early years.

On this pathway you will work for some periods of the week in a minimum of two placements, undertake a number of PGCE modules and attend Early Years Teacher Status professional study days.

The Graduate Entry (Employment Based) pathway is suitable for graduates working in an early years setting or who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), or for newly recruited graduates in an early years setting who need to undertake early years ITT through an employment based route.

Suitability

This postgraduate route into teaching is a credible career choice for students wishing to pursue specialisation and expertise as a teacher with children from birth to five years.

Content

All PGCE pathways cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. The Early Childhood Education pathway is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study should be informed by and inform practice.

In Curriculum Studies modules and taught days, you will develop your understanding and knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, pedagogy and resources to support the teaching.

As you progress through your studies and can apply your learning to practical teaching situations, you will be introduced to a wider range of critical perspectives on teaching and learning in the early years. You will be expected to apply that critical reflection to your own teaching.

In Professional Studies modules and taught days, you will learn about broader aspects of education and the early years, its role in society and communities and how education policy and practice has an impact on schools. Key principles and values in early years education will be explored as you develop your own theories of education and reflect critically on others.

In the Enhanced Studies module and taught days, you will have the opportunity to choose a particular aspect of early years education and to study that in greater depth. Your learning in this context will enable you to reflect more strongly and critically on your own emerging identity as an early years teacher.

On completion of the course you will be awarded your Early Years Teacher Status from the National College of Teaching and Leadership. The Early Years Teacher Status is subject to the relevant standards and requirements set out by the Department for Education which are subject to change.

Format

You can expect to receive 50 hours academic direction for each module in a university taught session. The range of learning and teaching strategies is a central component of the design and planning of the PGCE Early Childhood Education pathway on the ITE course.

There is an expectation of 150 hours practice learning and independent study to support your individual and collaborative learning. We will use of a range of ways of engaging you in critical debate and discussion during taught sessions, including talk partners, small group discussion and micro-teaching, while enhancing the experience with practical, creative and active learning.

The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) students on this course are required to be in placement for 120 days. These placements are linked to two credit bearing modules and will contain the assessment process for the recommendation of the award of Early Years Teacher Status. The placements will be in settings for children from birth to five years and will be sourced by the Partnership Team in line with the University placement procedures and processes.

Students studying on the employment pathway (Graduate Entry Employment Based) will be able to use their current employment as their base location in addition to contrasting placements to meet the requirements of the course. On commencing the course they will complete a needs analysis with tutors so that gaps in their knowledge, skills and experience can be highlighted; in this way additional placements will be arranged to ensure these students can cover the breadth of the 0-5 years subject area.

Assessment

Early Childhood Education PGCE pathway students who opt for the PGCE modules (either as a whole or for separate Masters level modules) will be assessed in two main ways – via academic assignments and via assessment of your teaching.

You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in curriculum, professional and enhanced studies. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentation or practical performance as relevant to your subject or chosen options. You can achieve up to 60 Masters (Level 7) credits (except in the PGCE Modular pathway which offers up to 40 Masters (Level 7) credits.)

What can I do next?

On successful completion students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Early Years Teacher Status. Students may have already achieved 60 Masters level credits and may wish to continue studies by applying for the MA Early Childhood Education.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.

View http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/teacher-education-funding.aspx



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This distance learning course is only for people outside the UK. It leads to a postgraduate qualification in providing expert education and expert and care for children 0-5. Read more
This distance learning course is only for people outside the UK. It leads to a postgraduate qualification in providing expert education and expert and care for children 0-5.

Course overview

Do you want to develop a specialism in teaching young children up to the age of five? This course is aimed at professionals who will implement an Early Years curriculum framework. It builds on the University of Sunderland’s expertise in training teachers, which we’ve been doing for over 100 years.

Our course is distinctive because it includes two modules of teaching practice, as well as four modules of applied theory. You will undertake the teaching practice in an Early Years setting of your choice – either at your own workplace or with an employer who is willing to provide you with a placement and mentor.

The four modules of applied theory allow you to examine the context of young children’s learning and development. You will also explore how to assess development, how to construct a curriculum and how to lead Early Years provision. You will study entirely by distance learning, without ever having to come to the UK.

The course leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Teaching. Please note that a PGCE, on its own, is not a licence to teach in the UK.

Course content

The content of this course is delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve an academic qualification.

Teaching practice
-Teaching the Early Years 1 (20 Credits)
-Teaching the Early Years 2 (20 Credits)

Theory
-The Context of Young Children’s Learning and Development (20 Credits)
-Observing, Assessing and Reporting Young Children’s Learning and Development (20 Credits)
-Constructing a Curriculum for the Early Years (30 Credits)
-Leading, Planning and Managing Provision for Development and Learning in the Early Years (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that integrates teaching practice and study. There are online lectures and discussion groups and we link you to key reading, learning materials and the library resources that you will use for independent research. If you live close to other students on the course we encourage you to form a weekly study group.

Assessment is through observational assessment of your teaching practice, carried out by your mentor within the setting you have chosen and, where possible, by University staff. There are also written assignments.

Facilities & location

You can study this course anywhere in the world that has internet access, thanks to the University's state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment.

Our library website provides a range of online support tools including library guides and web tutorials. As a distance learning student, you will particularly benefit from our web-based ‘Discover’ search tool that helps you gain remote access to online journals, articles and e-books – whenever and wherever you happen to be studying. You can also contact our library by email, telephone, Live Chat, Twitter and Facebook.

Employment & careers

This course leads to an academic teaching qualification that is accredited by the University of Sunderland.

The theory and practical elements of the course will help you gain greater satisfaction from your involvement in Early Years. With up-to-date knowledge and expertise in the latest methods, you will be in a strong position to make effective applications for jobs and promotions.

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You are passionate about working with babies and young children (birth-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher. Read more
You are passionate about working with babies and young children (birth-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher.

The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/early-years-teaching-with-recommendation-for-eyts#entry

Course detail

You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace. You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.

On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting. You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children.

Modules

• The Professional Early Years Practitioner
• High Quality Practice in the Early Years

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, written tasks and a substantial evaluative web portfolio against the Teacher Standards (Early Years).

You will also complete a case study research project in an area of particular interest.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

Careers

You will already be working in the Early Years sector. This course enables you to become a leader of practice in your own setting and aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles.

You will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications.

You may be required to carry out a six-week placement in another setting to gain appropriate breadth of experience.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The mainstream graduate entry pathway on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those who wish to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

The mainstream graduate entry pathway on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those who wish to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

About this programme

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, they will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits total), plus 130 placement days across the range of ages within the EYFS and a 10 day key stage 1/2 placement.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at Master’s level (level 7), but are successfully passed at undergraduate/Bachelor’s level (level 6), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

An additional pathway is also available for those already employed in an early years setting.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • The Action Research Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules on this programme.

Placement

The programme consists of 130 placement days, in at least 2 EYFS settings, and a 10 day KS1/2 placement.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Setting-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: Early Years Initial Teacher Training (mainstream pathway)

Careers

Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.

Employability

Recent research such as the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010) has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). Acknowledging the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years, government reforms in initial teacher education are focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, graduates from this specialist EYITT programme are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector..

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at the IOE by harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Accreditation

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.



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The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards Early Years).

About this programme

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, they will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

Participants will be working to a timetable of no more than 90 per cent of full time working hours and be released for training and study days. Students take three core modules (60 credits total). In addition to this, students will undertake placements in at least one other setting, in order to cover the full 0-5 age range.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at Master’s level (level 7), but are successfully passed at undergraduate/Bachelor’s level (level 6), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

An additional pathway is also available for those who wish to study full-time.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • The Action Research Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Placement

Students will undertake placements in order to cover the full 0-5 age range, including 10 days in a Key Stage 1/2 placement.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: Early Years Initial Teacher Training (employment pathway)

Careers

Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.

Employability

Recent research such as the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010) has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). Acknowledging the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years, government reforms in initial teacher education are focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, successful graduates of the specialist EYITT programme find that they are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector.

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools/settings and at the IOE.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at the IOE by both harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Accreditation

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.



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This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres. Read more
This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres.

You will be trained across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, combining on-campus study with high quality training in schools, ensuring you gain the experience to be an outstanding teacher of children aged 3-7.

On completion of the course you will have the confidence to take up your first teaching post with a clear appreciation of the latest approaches and strategies to teaching theory, combined with extensive practical experience, to enable you to educate and inspire Early Years children.

What will I study?

The programme starts with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

The PGCE consists of four main elements:

- Personal and Professional Development – you will develop your learning skills and will learn how to reflect upon and take charge of your own development as a trainee teacher. Gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will also develop strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and class management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school. A critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives, philosophies and research-based findings will also be conveyed;

- Curriculum – you will learn about the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 for each subject and how to plan, teach, and assess it across the whole primary age range. You will also learn about the Early Years Foundation Stage and the areas of Learning and Development within this;

- Specialist Strand – you will follow this both at Edge Hill University and in school. The aim is to enable you to pursue your own particular interests in Early Years and prepare for an eventual leadership role in schools or settings;

- Research Specialism – you will be immersed in the contemporary key theories and principles of early years education and undertake a relevant small-scale research project.
The importance of play-based learning will be examined in each element. Cross-curricular themes are also considered as are the practical skills of planning for learning, promoting positive attitudes and working in an extended team and with parents and carers.

One of the most important elements of this programme is the practical teaching experience you will gain through placement in one of our partnership schools or nurseries. This hands-on approach is combined with tutor-led sessions and self-study so that you can increase your ability to plan, teach and manage the learning of children aged 3-7 years. You will learn how to teach pupils across the ability range, how to assess pupils’ progress in learning, manage behaviour and maintain a happy learning environment.

The programme will develop your understanding of how children learn and also consider behaviour management, child development and other important professional issues related to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will be encouraged to develop as a reflective and well informed professional.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, practical and work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of ICT, to support your own learning.

The course involves a significant amount of time in schools and settings. You will complete a series of placements in Early Years Foundation Stage classrooms (age range 3-7 years) and Key Stage 1 classrooms (age range 5-7 years). Here, you will work alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development.

In schools and Early Years settings you will undertake a range of differentiated training experiences which will be closely linked to your individual targets. Your teaching timetable will increase in relation to responsibility, as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom. You will progressively assume the responsibility for the children and their achievement and progress, involving excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team delivering this programme has a wide range of experience and expertise as Early Years practitioners, local authority advisers, teachers in school and university tutors. They are committed to being at the forefront of developments and research within Early Years education.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this PGCE allows you to gain a recommendation for QTS.

You will be well placed to progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Early Years settings.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. You will have an ability to teach in Primary schools and Early Years settings, a strong knowledge of Primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. Skills in monitoring and managing your development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Read more

The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

About this degree

This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Researching Early Years and Primary Education

Optional modules

  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Students can also choose one from a wide range of Master's-level optional modules across the IOE offering.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Early Years Education MA

Careers

Graduates of the Early Years Education MA are currently working as nursery teachers and managers, primary school teachers, advisers to local and national government and researchers on early childhood programmes.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Day Nursery Team Leader and Pre-School Teacher, Working Mums Daycare & Pre-School
  • Pre-School Teacher / Owner, Kyalulu Preschool
  • PhD Early Years Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
  • Day School Teacher (Early Years), Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and studying MPhil/PhD Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Employability

By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.

The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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If you choose to study the. Early Years Teacher Status programme. , you will become a specialist in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to the age of five. Read more

If you choose to study the Early Years Teacher Status programme, you will become a specialist in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to the age of five. You will be equipped to organise and lead high quality practice in early years settings.

We are one of the main providers of Early Years Teacher Training (0-5) in the East Midlands, with over forty years of experience in teacher training, education and research. We are committed to inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people.

We have been praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation” by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (November 2014).

Our Early Years Teacher Status programme takes the Graduate Emploment-Based (GEB) route. This is a part-time route for experienced graduate-level early years practitioners who are currently in paid employment in an early years setting but require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). We only ask that you have either a relevant degree and one year of full-time experience working in the age range 0-5 years, or a degree that is not relevant and two or more years of full-time relevant experience.

When you successfully complete the course, you will be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and will be a specialist in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five.The course will build on your existing knowledge and experience, giving you everything you need to demonstrate the standards for early years teachers required by the National College of Teaching and Leadership, exceeding the minimum expectations for each Standard.

Find out more about the course content, modules and special course features on our course page.



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The Early Years Education (Online) MA offers exceptional career development opportunities for early childhood practitioners and other professionals worldwide. Read more

The Early Years Education (Online) MA offers exceptional career development opportunities for early childhood practitioners and other professionals worldwide. This new programme builds upon the success of our established campus-based Early Years Education MA programme.

About this degree

This Master's degree offers students the opportunity to enhance their professional development and understanding of national and global issues in early learning, early years policy and curricula; critically evaluate a range of literature about young children’s learning and best practice in early education; develop their understanding of research methodology with and about young children; conduct their own small-scale research project in a setting of their own choice.

Students can expect to study an average of 300 hours per 30-credit module and 600 hours for the Dissertation. The number of weekly study hours can vary during the programme. As a general guide, students following the suggested 2-year programme structure can expect to study 7-14 hours per week and 1-2 hours per day.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • Researching Early Years Education

Please note:

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through online sessions based on Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Assessment is by 5,000-word coursework assignments and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Early Years Education (Online) MA

Careers

This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is therefore available. Graduates of the campus-based Early Years Education MA are currently working as advisers to local and national governments; nursery, children’s centre and primary school senior leaders; further and higher education tutors; early years doctoral and funded researchers.

Employability

This programme will enable students to understand and reflect on current knowledge of early years policy and practice in the UK and internationally; raise awareness of research into early childhood practice and of research methods and approaches relevant to the field of study; enable early years educators to gain a critical understanding of policy development in early childhood services, at a local, national and international level.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is ranked first for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

This new online programme provides students worldwide with an opportunity to access the exceptional expertise of the IOE.

The Early Years Education staff team at the IOE have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. Read more

This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.

During the course you cover developing the curriculum and pedagogy for the age phases 0-3 and 3-5 years. You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through key stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors, you extend your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including

  • the observation and assessment of young children's development
  • children's development and learning through play
  • children's participation and inclusion
  • collaborative working with parents and carers
  • the leadership of staff teams

During your training you strengthen your expertise in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy. The course also enhances your skills in supporting children's learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective learning that are key to this stage of development.

You complete an assessed teaching practice in your home school or early years setting, and a second assessed placement with a younger or older age-group in a second school or early years setting. Placement experience is organised so that you cover the three age groups within the 0-5 age range.

Throughout your course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This supports and enhances your career potential, opening up opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

Professional recognition

By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/index" target="_blank">National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Course content

Key areas include

  • child development for babies, toddlers and young children
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • play in early childhood
  • working with families
  • leadership
  • working across professional boundaries

Assessment

  • course work including reflective writing, presentations and e-portfolio
  • practice during placements

Employability

Previous students have gained roles as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families.

Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5.

There are developing opportunities in schools, as schools extend provision to two-year-olds. Early career salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.

For experienced early years teachers, there are good opportunities for career progression leading to higher level leadership roles. These roles include private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centres co-ordinator or manager, where you would lead a multiprofessional team. Salaries range between £25,000 and £40,000.

Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at masters level.



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The PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher-Training is ideal for you if are a graduate working in an Early Years setting, who requires training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Read more
The PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher-Training is ideal for you if are a graduate working in an Early Years setting, who requires training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

What will I study?

The modules have been developed to support you in meeting all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), whilst working in an early years setting with children aged 0 - 5 and their families.

Modules will generally run on a term-basis and utilise a range of teaching methods designed to fit around your working life.

Level One Forest Schools

In term three you will have the opportunity to study an additional course to gain the Level One Forest Schools award. This award introduces you to the Forest School ethos and approach to learning, including analysing the risks, the impact to the environment and the activities involved.

Modules

Knowledge of Early Learning and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Children
Professional Leadership in Early Years
Early Years Professional Practice
Education Policy and Practice in Early Years

Fast-track to a Master's degree

At the end of each module you have the choice to submit your assignment for assessment for up to 60 Master's-level credits.

Placements

To meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) it s a requirement to demonstrate 120 days in an Early Years setting, of which a minimum of 10 days must be in a Key Stage 1 setting.

Funding

Your workplace can access £7,000 to support you in completing this course. This could be used for staffing costs to release you for a second placement and / or for study.

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Our aim is to develop teachers with a specialist understanding of how children aged between three and seven learn. Read more
Our aim is to develop teachers with a specialist understanding of how children aged between three and seven learn. You will develop children's abilities through playful learning and creative teaching, and you will reflect on how your teaching methods and the opportunities and environments you create can influence outcomes.Your training will involve a particular focus on outdoor play and learning. You will have the opportunity to attend a forest school workshop using our outdoor classroom, where you will learn different techniques to bring learning to life and spark your pupils' imaginations.

As a primary school teacher, you will work closely with teaching assistants, parents and complex teaching teams to deliver a range of activities. We will give you the skills and confidence to manage these relationships to ensure you can deliver an outstanding learning experience for your class.

We will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum to ensure your teaching fulfils the requirements set out by the Government. With an emphasis on mathematics, English and Science at both Key Stages, you will embrace all curricular areas of learning and principles of best practice in early childhood education.

You will put your theoretical knowledge into practice. As part of your training, you will complete three teaching placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, developing your teaching skills across different age ranges and helping to prepare you for future employment. Throughout these placements you will gain the specialist knowledge and teaching skills required to meet the needs of pupils in the three to seven age range.

One of your most important tools as a teacher will be your voice. You will learn how to use it effectively when addressing large groups of children and how to look after it. We will also develop your understanding of safeguarding children, giving you the important ability to spot the signs of vulnerable children.

You can choose from two different training models.

University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_primaryearlyyears

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Successful completion of your course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Although the three to seven years specialism enables you to work across the whole primary age range, it is geared directly to the early years sector where there is an increasing demand for trained professionals.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll benefit from an experienced course team determined to help you realise your potential. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and swapping ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Thanks to a critically reflective approach to your learning, you will develop your own identity and teaching style and will feel empowered to deliver innovative lessons with confidence.

To help prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend an outdoor experience during induction, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to cultivate your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver stimulating lessons.

You will gain extensive training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, limiting your travelling time and giving you more time to spend on your lesson plans. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will learn from lecturers who have been practising teachers and are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

We will continue to support you in your career even when you have successfully completed your course. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This course is designed for graduates with limited experience of working with children aged 0-5 years. Your studies are based around extended placements in at least two different early years settings to give you the confidence, skills and experience to work across the 0-5 age range. Read more

This course is designed for graduates with limited experience of working with children aged 0-5 years. Your studies are based around extended placements in at least two different early years settings to give you the confidence, skills and experience to work across the 0-5 age range.

Alongside this practical experience you attend taught sessions which provide you with theoretical knowledge of child development, pedagogy and the key areas of early years foundation stage (EYFS). You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through Key Stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors during your placement, you develop your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including

  • the observation and assessment of young children's development
  • children's development and learning through play
  • children's participation and inclusion
  • collaborative working with parents and carers
  • the leadership of staff teams

During your training you also gain skills in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy.

Throughout the course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This enhances your career potential and opens up future opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

Professional recognition

By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/index" target="_blank">National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Course content

Key areas include

  • child development for babies, toddlers and young children
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • play in early childhood
  • working with families
  • leadership
  • working across professional boundaries.

During the course you complete two assessed teaching practice placements in different early years settings.

Assessment

  • coursework
  • assessed practice
  • professional development portfolio

Employability

This course prepares you for roles including • early years teacher • senior early years practitioner • children's centre teacher • nursery manager.

Previous students have gained employment as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families.

Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5.

There are developing opportunities as schools extend provision to two-year-olds. Early career salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.

Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at masters level.



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Providing children with a quality early childhood education experience contributes to their education success in later years. If you are passionate about equipping young children with the skills to be engaged lifelong learners, then a career in early childhood education is for you. Read more
Providing children with a quality early childhood education experience contributes to their education success in later years. If you are passionate about equipping young children with the skills to be engaged lifelong learners, then a career in early childhood education is for you. Work with infants and young children to inspire and stimulate their learning and skill development.

This specialisation will qualify you to teach infants and children from birth to eight years of age in childcare, kindergarten and preschools, and to support children's transition to school.

You will gain an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching by examining the learning process and the aspects that influence it, while building a repertoire of strategies to manage young children's learning. Drawing on contemporary theories and practices of early childhood education you will gain an appreciation of the positive impact and power teaching can have on influencing young children's learning and development.

You will engage with current education policies and priorities, at the local and international level, and learn to apply these in practice. You will learn to develop the required skills to create sustainable partnerships across networks.

You will examine the importance of literacy and numeracy in early childhood education as well as the importance of play in a young child's development. By gaining an understanding of how young children learn scientific and technological concepts in everyday contexts, you will be equipped to explore ways in which digital technologies can enhance learning.

You will gain professional experience through 60 days of supervised teaching placements in early childhood settings.

Graduates of this course are prepared for leadership in early childhood educational settings.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Orientation studies, relevant across all specialisations, and specialist education studies come together and are applied in context in professional experience and inquiry.

Part A: Orientation studies
These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context within which children's and young people's learning takes place. You will also develop your understanding of literacy as the basis of how we learn, both formally and informally, across the age span.

Part B: Specialist education studies
These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation. You will acquire both the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that underpin the teaching and learning of children and young people in varied education settings, and the specific knowledge required to apply these principles in particular school learning areas.

Part C: Applied professional practice
Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners. You will also study the complex and powerful role that teachers have as leaders in classroom, school, and community settings, with the power to change, and develop strategies to enable you to take your place as an active contributor to shaping education locally and globally. If you are in a single sector specialisation, you will also have the opportunity to undertake an extended professional project.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true#making-the-application

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