Early years education is globally recognised as being crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development, as critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child’s early years.
This course is for prospective teachers, as well as non-teachers looking for a new career path. If your ambition is to teach in a school, then the MA Education Studies is ideally suited (although it is not itself a UK teaching qualification).
During the course, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, finding ways to create the most effective learning environment. You’ll be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives that will include a critical analysis of the cultural construction of childhood.
The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.
In your first trimester you'll study one award core module, Early Childhood Care and Education. In addition, you'll complete Education: Economics, Politics and Society.
In your second trimester you'll study the compulsory core module Social Science Research, which introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods. In addition, two elective modules are studied in this trimester.
In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation. The dissertation enables you to study and research an aspect of early childhood education theory, policy or practice in depth, whilst being guided by an expert.
You’ll be taught through lectures and small group seminars. There are also individual tutorials and good opportunities for extended discussion with tutors. Analysis of ideas through discussion is the key to teaching and learning in the programme. Some lectures and seminars occur during the day. Others take place from late afternoon.
There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves an essay of 2,500 words for a 15 credit module and 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. Sometimes assessment is by verbal presentation. Your dissertation will be 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits.
Governments worldwide are now making early childhood education a priority and increasing their investment in early years provision. You’ll acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities.