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This MA will give you the opportunity to develop postgraduate academic skills within the context of your own professional experience and/or personal interests. Supported by a small team of academics from within the Early Childhood Directorate, you will have the opportunity to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within the field. During the programme you will also be encouraged to reflect on the ways this learning supports your professional and career development.

You will focus on the role early education plays in producing happy, healthy and successful children. During the programme you will have the opportunity to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within this field.

You will have the opportunity to

  • Investigate the latest research
  • Engage in critical enquiry
  • Design your own research based on issues of personal or professional relevance
  • Innovate and lead practice
  • Reflect on your professional and career development.


The MA Early Childhood Education is designed to appeal to a wide range of graduates (nationally and internationally) from a variety of backgrounds not necessarily early years related but those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of young children from birth to 8 years.  


The MA Early Childhood Education programme reflects the range of expertise and specialisms within the Early Childhood Directorate teaching team, who are passionate about using insights from their research to enhance your learning experience. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research and specialist areas of expertise, based on personal interests and professional experiences.

You will take two 20 credit core modules, 80 credits of optional modules and complete a 60 credit dissertation based on your own research. 

Core Modules

  • Developing Criticality (20 credits)
  • Research in Context: Investigating Early Childhood Education (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation module will allow you to undertake a piece of independent research. You will explore a specialist area in early childhood education and write a dissertation (15,000 words). You will need to have successfully completed the Research in Context module in order to undertake your dissertation. A supervisor will support you during the research process through individual/group tutorials.

Optional Modules 

  • Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood (20 credits)
  • Children and Charities in Early Childhood Education (20 credits)
  • Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Early Childhood Education: Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches (20 credits)
  • Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Education (20 credits)
  • Children’s Lives in Context: Historical and International Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Professional & Career Development in Early Childhood Education (20 credits or 2 x 10 credits)
  • Early Childhood Education: Negotiated Project (20 credits)

Visit the website for further module information.


The MA Early Childhood Education opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates from the programme have been successful in pursuing careers in a variety of contexts with roles including Lecturer in Early Years, Nursery Manager, Children’s Centre Manager, and Creative Early Years Specialist. Some of our students have progressed on to taught doctoral programmes or undertaken PhDs based on their particular research interests whilst others have gone on to set up their own business.


You will study using a variety of strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning and teaching.  All learning will be supported through the use of the University Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) as well as other digital media. You will be encouraged to work closely with your peer group, to provide support for you outside the teaching and learning sessions. Individual tutorials are offered to students in all modules and individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation.

You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor who will help you make module choices and plan your learning. Each module will be overseen by the module tutor who will offer you a one-to-one tutorial either in person, by phone, email or via Skype depending upon your preference.


The programme uses a range of assessment types including presentations, action research reports, reflective commentaries, literature reviews and document analysis. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation based on your research interests.


Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

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Visit the Early Childhood Education - MA page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!





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