Masters degrees in Nursery Education equip postgraduates with the skills to engage with and reflect upon strategies for improving early years education within nurseries and schools.
Courses rage from taught MA, MEd (Master of Education), to research-oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Education Studies or Child Psychology.
As a fundamental beginning to most children’s learning, high quality practice in early years education is an essential foundation for lifelong learning and development. These courses will train you to improve current practice and develop new strategies for Nursery Education.
To achieve this, you will explore policy frameworks, curriculum standards and pedagogical approaches in early years education on a national and international scale. Opportunities exist for you to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within this field, from child behaviour and cognition, to family assistance, social justice and community development.
As well as managerial roles within Nursery centres and affiliated corporations, careers may include childcare management in other organisations such as children’s homes, or professional assistance for foster families.
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.
For more information on modules please refer to the course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-early-years/
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.
For more information on teaching and assessment methods, please view the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-education-early-years/
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.