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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.

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.

Visit the Early Years Teaching (Overseas) - PGCert page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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