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MA Education (Early Childhood Studies)


Bath Spa University School of Education

Full time & Part time September PgDip, MA, PgCert Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

About the course

Study educational issues in depth, covering policy, practice and education theory, in our Master's in early years education.

  • Explore constructions of childhood.
  • Benefit from in-depth study of children from birth to eight.
  • Focus on ethical, cultural and social perspectives of early childhood.

Early childhood education is recognised globally as being crucial for laying the foundations for lifelong learning and development, as critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child’s early years.

During the course, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn in social and cultural contexts. You’ll be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, that will encompass a critical analysis

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Nira Patel

The MA has enhanced my professional development by making links between theory and practice. It has been a challenge organising the course, my work and personal life. However the satisfaction upon completing is immeasurable - I am embarking on an exciting new role as placement officer for children in Foster Care.


Louise Day

The MA in Early Years was definitely an eye opening experience for me…… I was worried about how I would cope, but the support from staff was fantastic. Each module gave a new insight into the field of early years with emphasis on theory and research.


Fiona Wilson

This course provided us with invaluable insight into theory and practice within Early Years development and education, underpinning the strong emphasis currently placed on preschool learning. It was challenging, encouraged active participation and stimulated further enquiry. It is not possible to end the year without a strong sense of purpose!


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