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Course content

This distance-learning programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisers.

Our course is a high quality, contemporary and coherent programme that has been designed to meet the needs of professionals working within the early childhood workforce. The MA offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood. It also involves a reflection on, and analysis of, your own professional practice.

A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme.

More about this course

The course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content, the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading – either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals.

The early childhood studies team has a long history of developing an accessible study for the early childhood workforce. London Met was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate programme designed for those working within the early childhood workforce both as a face-to-face and distance learning programme.

The course is underpinned by the following aims to:

  • develop a detailed understanding of current research and thinking in the field of early childhood
  • appraise research and theory continuously and reflect on its impact on early childhood provision and practice with an emphasis on students’ own professional practice
  • develop a sophisticated understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact the lives of young children and their families
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of early childhood

Assessment

You'll be assessed through ongoing coursework and a written dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (core, 30 credits)
  • Distinctive Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care (core, 30 credits)
  • Equality and Inclusion in Early Childhood (core, 30 credits)
  • Foundations of Being (core, 30 credits)
  • Research Methods and the Dissertation (core, 60 credits)

What our students say

"I have really enjoyed this course of Early Childhood Studies. It has opened up new ideas and enabled me to approach things differently in the workplace. The diversity of lectures is good as they all don't have the same outlook on things."

Graduate

After the course

Career opportunities and potential continuing professional development include advisers to local and national government, further and higher education tutors, leadership roles within early childhood and doctoral research. Graduates have gone on to roles as early years educators at nurseries and play therapists at children's hospitals.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.


Visit the Early Childhood Studies MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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