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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    2-6 years

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  • Last Updated

    04 April 2018

Course content

The MA Leadership in Early Years provides an opportunity for practitioners, leaders and managers in a diversity of early years’ contexts to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level. Developing knowledge and understanding of the distinctive context of leadership in early years’ provision and multi-agency working is a key feature of the award. In a context of significant shifts in services for young children and families, professional reflection and enquiry is an important attribute for leaders who are expected to maintain quality and deliver improvements, sometimes with fewer resources.

The MA Leadership in Early Years challenges students to think deeply about their own professional role as change agents in improving services for children and families. The award encourages a focus on ideas, research and theory around leadership, multi-agency working, improving communication between individuals and the empowerment of children together with the communities that support them.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives.

About the Course

MA Leadership in the Early Years is for professionals who are tasked with the challenge of managing change in the context of early years services. The course encourages and facilitates students to identify, explore and develop thinking about both the suitability of services for children and how to lead change in such contexts.

Assessment details

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.

For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is possible for some credits on this award and with the agreement of the Award Lead on your route through the award. Award of a PGCE recently (within the previous five years) allows advanced standing on the programme up to 60 credits; waiver of some credits may also be possible (under the Manchester Met Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy) if you have a recent or relevant certificated award at Level 7.

Visit the Leadership in Early Years - MA page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!




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