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Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) - PGCert

Course Description

This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. The programme is fully funded by the NCTL, for those who qualify, and bursaries are also available.

It’s particularly aimed at graduates who don’t already work in early years but who may be looking for a career move. It’s also a great option for overseas graduates who are looking to enter the teaching profession within England.

This course is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. The full-time course is a School Direct programme delivered in partnership with the Durham and Newcastle Teaching Alliance. The course is school or early years setting-led, which means you’ll spend most of your time within a designated school or early years setting. It underpins all of the training requirements outlined by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and has been flexibly designed to suit your needs.

This is a School Direct Route which includes substantial placement experience, for graduates with little or no experience of working with children aged 0 to 5 years but wish to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. Tuition fees are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and bursaries are payable to trainees with a first class (£5000), 2:1 (£4000) or 2:2 (£2000) classification of degree. Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education (Level 7) is also included at no extra cost.

Trainees on the School Direct Route will be taught the theoretical element of the programme by specialist practitioners from Northumbria University. Trainees will be placed in a range of good and outstanding schools and settings across the North East, led by the Durham Teaching School Alliance for the practical elements of the programme.

This course cna also be studied part time - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/early-years-education-early-years-teacher-status-dtpets6/

Learn From The Best

The academic staff delivering this course are research active with professional experience as educators specialising in the children’s workforce.

Having worked extensively with the under-3’s and pre-school aged children, with multi-agencies and in partnership with parents and carers, they have an excellent understanding of the challenges around researching in professional practice.

Teaching And Assessment

The course offers specialist training to enhance your skills in working with and teaching the under fives.

Your training will be delivered both at Northumbria and within your early years setting. You’ll spend one day per week at university and will complete at least 120 days on placement. If you already work within early years, this setting could be your current employment.

You’ll be supported by a dedicated mentor throughout, who will help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and related pedagogy of the early years.

Our teaching methods have been designed to support your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities and include lectures, seminars, group work, work based projects and assignments. They also involve unobserved and observed teaching practice, development of an individual training plan and a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to take part in collaborative teamwork through group work tasks, presentations and work-based projects.

Learning Environment

You’ll spend most of your time within your early years setting, supported by your mentor. For the remainder of your time, you’ll take part in lectures, seminars and other teaching and learning activities on campus.

Technology-enabled learning is a fundamental part of this course and you’ll be encouraged to use technology to be active, collaborative, reflective and research-orientated throughout your studies. Technology will help you to work with others, take part in relevant group discussions and reflect on your learning.

You’ll also be able to access a host of online learning materials and resources.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is central to the design of this course. The academic staff teaching on this programme are actively involved in ongoing research projects, covering topics as diverse as attachment, infant mental health, emotional wellbeing, parental involvement and project evaluation.

These diverse and exciting research specialisms are used throughout teaching to both inform and enhance your learning.

As a postgraduate student, you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon and engage with the evolving nature of research, policy and practice. This will enable you to fully establish its impact on the teaching and delivery of early years care and education, giving you excellent insights into the contemporary issues at the forefront of this specialist field.

Give Your Career An Edge

This Post Graduate Certificate award has been specifically designed to support students wishing to gain Early Years Teacher Status and employment as an early years teacher. You’ll train to become a highly reflective early years practitioner with an excellent understanding of the impact that your practice has on children’s learning and development.

We work closely with local early years providers to make sure the course content remains really relevant and meets employers’ needs.

The work-based projects you undertake, as well as your observed teaching practice, will make you highly employable on graduation and you’ll be able to showcase quality examples of the impact of your practice, to future employers.

This Post Graduate Certificate can also be used as a progression award to further studies at Masters level.

Your Future

The framework of this course is geared towards enhancing your future employability within the Early Years sector and has been developed in collaboration with students and employers to provide a qualification that will survive any changes in government policy.

As such, you’ll leave as a flexible, highly employable graduate, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for the next step in your career and you’ll be able to demonstrate your extensive work-based experience and practice.

As well as being a great early years practitioner, you’ll also have a really solid knowledge and critical awareness of the latest legislation, new insights, current problems and contemporary issues at the forefront of early years care and education.

The Durham Teaching School Alliance

Etherley Lane Nursery School is one of the ‘Lead’ schools in the Durham Teaching School Alliance. The teaching school alliance is a partnership of good and outstanding primary phase schools which includes nursery schools, infant schools, primary schools with Foundation Stage Units and providers from the private and voluntary sector. Working collaboratively with key strategic partners the alliance provides a range of services to schools and settings including the delivery of the new Early Years School Direct initial teacher training programme.

Etherley Lane Nursery School, together with its partner schools and settings works closely with Northumbria University, the accredited Initial Teacher Training Provider, to offer an innovative and specialized programme in early childhood development from birth to five.

Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy.The skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C or above entry requirements. Applicants are encouraged to sit the skills tests prior to interview although this is not essential, however, a firm offer of a place on the programme can only be made once all entry requirements have been met.

Applicants are advised that they will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will need to be self-funded. If applicants fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24 month period. The skills tests are computerized and can be taken at any of a number of Learn Direct test centres throughout the UK. The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests: candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.

Further information about the skills tests, including practice tests are available from the Department for Education Professional Skills Test Webpage or by contacting Learn Direct on 0300 303 9613.

Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page: http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Additional Information

Early Years Teacher Status is a non Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme.

Graduate entry routes of Early Years Initial Teacher Training do not attract student loan.

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) Post Graduate Certificate does not attract student loan.

It is anticipated that for the academic year 2017-2018, trainees will attend University each Thursday.

Further information about becoming an Early Years Teacher can be found on the Department for Education ‘Get Into Teaching’ website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/become-an-early-years-teacher

Visit the Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) - PGCert page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Whilst first class and 2:1 awards are particularly welcome, all candidates will be considered on merit. All offers of places are subject to receipt of a suitable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate.

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