The PGCE Early Years Teacher Status part-time programme is for you if you are currently working in the early years sector, have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, and wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status.
You will need permission from your employer to be released for study, and to attend placements as necessary.
As an early years teacher, you can play an essential role in children's development, providing high-quality early education. This Early Years Teacher Status programme will teach you how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning. It 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.
The Teachers' Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS. Funding is available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Your course fees will be covered by an NCTL grant and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release.
The Department of Education & Community Studies has strong partnerships with education providers and other early years settings and we will support you in finding suitable local placements.
The aims of the programme are:
- To develop your professional practice with children from birth - five years - To develop your leadership skills in the early years - To support and lead reflective practice and quality provision in early years.
Our programmes in education benefit post graduate professionals and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds. Focus on independent research. Or combine taught coursework with a supervised thesis. You can tailor your programme to suit your own interests and ambitions.
What you'll study
Part time - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
The Child's Lived Experience: Developing Confident Learners (30 credits) Leadership and Management in Early Years: Working in a Multi Professional Context (30 credits) Early Years Teacher Status Portfolio of Practice (30 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance.
This programme is accredited through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded when all the early years teaching standards have been judged to be met. This award does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.
Early years specialists with Early Years Teacher Status can aspire to become leaders of practice in early years settings.