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Masters Degrees in Nursery Teacher Training

Masters degrees in Nursery Teacher Training equip postgraduates with the skills to explain and disseminate skills and learning techniques to pre-school children.

Taught PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses are typical for the field, though shorter Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are also available.

Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Early Childhood Care or Education Studies. You will also be required to have attained a Grade C or equivalent at GCSE level for English Language, Maths and Science.

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This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. Read more
This course has been developed in partnership with students and employers to offer a qualification that will support working towards Early Years Teacher status. The programme is fully funded by the NCTL, for those who qualify, and bursaries are also available.

It’s particularly aimed at graduates who don’t already work in early years but who may be looking for a career move. It’s also a great option for overseas graduates who are looking to enter the teaching profession within England.

This course is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. The full-time course is a School Direct programme delivered in partnership with the Durham and Newcastle Teaching Alliance. The course is school or early years setting-led, which means you’ll spend most of your time within a designated school or early years setting. It underpins all of the training requirements outlined by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and has been flexibly designed to suit your needs.

This is a School Direct Route which includes substantial placement experience, for graduates with little or no experience of working with children aged 0 to 5 years but wish to pursue a career as an Early Years Teacher. Tuition fees are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and bursaries are payable to trainees with a first class (£5000), 2:1 (£4000) or 2:2 (£2000) classification of degree. Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education (Level 7) is also included at no extra cost.

Trainees on the School Direct Route will be taught the theoretical element of the programme by specialist practitioners from Northumbria University. Trainees will be placed in a range of good and outstanding schools and settings across the North East, led by the Durham Teaching School Alliance for the practical elements of the programme.

This course cna also be studied part time - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/early-years-education-early-years-teacher-status-dtpets6/

Learn From The Best

The academic staff delivering this course are research active with professional experience as educators specialising in the children’s workforce.

Having worked extensively with the under-3’s and pre-school aged children, with multi-agencies and in partnership with parents and carers, they have an excellent understanding of the challenges around researching in professional practice.

Teaching And Assessment

The course offers specialist training to enhance your skills in working with and teaching the under fives.

Your training will be delivered both at Northumbria and within your early years setting. You’ll spend one day per week at university and will complete at least 120 days on placement. If you already work within early years, this setting could be your current employment.

You’ll be supported by a dedicated mentor throughout, who will help you to develop your knowledge, understanding and related pedagogy of the early years.

Our teaching methods have been designed to support your individual learning style and critical reflective abilities and include lectures, seminars, group work, work based projects and assignments. They also involve unobserved and observed teaching practice, development of an individual training plan and a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to take part in collaborative teamwork through group work tasks, presentations and work-based projects.

Learning Environment

You’ll spend most of your time within your early years setting, supported by your mentor. For the remainder of your time, you’ll take part in lectures, seminars and other teaching and learning activities on campus.

Technology-enabled learning is a fundamental part of this course and you’ll be encouraged to use technology to be active, collaborative, reflective and research-orientated throughout your studies. Technology will help you to work with others, take part in relevant group discussions and reflect on your learning.

You’ll also be able to access a host of online learning materials and resources.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is central to the design of this course. The academic staff teaching on this programme are actively involved in ongoing research projects, covering topics as diverse as attachment, infant mental health, emotional wellbeing, parental involvement and project evaluation.

These diverse and exciting research specialisms are used throughout teaching to both inform and enhance your learning.

As a postgraduate student, you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon and engage with the evolving nature of research, policy and practice. This will enable you to fully establish its impact on the teaching and delivery of early years care and education, giving you excellent insights into the contemporary issues at the forefront of this specialist field.

Give Your Career An Edge

This Post Graduate Certificate award has been specifically designed to support students wishing to gain Early Years Teacher Status and employment as an early years teacher. You’ll train to become a highly reflective early years practitioner with an excellent understanding of the impact that your practice has on children’s learning and development.

We work closely with local early years providers to make sure the course content remains really relevant and meets employers’ needs.

The work-based projects you undertake, as well as your observed teaching practice, will make you highly employable on graduation and you’ll be able to showcase quality examples of the impact of your practice, to future employers.

This Post Graduate Certificate can also be used as a progression award to further studies at Masters level.

Your Future

The framework of this course is geared towards enhancing your future employability within the Early Years sector and has been developed in collaboration with students and employers to provide a qualification that will survive any changes in government policy.

As such, you’ll leave as a flexible, highly employable graduate, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for the next step in your career and you’ll be able to demonstrate your extensive work-based experience and practice.

As well as being a great early years practitioner, you’ll also have a really solid knowledge and critical awareness of the latest legislation, new insights, current problems and contemporary issues at the forefront of early years care and education.

The Durham Teaching School Alliance

Etherley Lane Nursery School is one of the ‘Lead’ schools in the Durham Teaching School Alliance. The teaching school alliance is a partnership of good and outstanding primary phase schools which includes nursery schools, infant schools, primary schools with Foundation Stage Units and providers from the private and voluntary sector. Working collaboratively with key strategic partners the alliance provides a range of services to schools and settings including the delivery of the new Early Years School Direct initial teacher training programme.

Etherley Lane Nursery School, together with its partner schools and settings works closely with Northumbria University, the accredited Initial Teacher Training Provider, to offer an innovative and specialized programme in early childhood development from birth to five.

Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory skills tests in numeracy and literacy.The skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C or above entry requirements. Applicants are encouraged to sit the skills tests prior to interview although this is not essential, however, a firm offer of a place on the programme can only be made once all entry requirements have been met.

Applicants are advised that they will receive one free test and two resit opportunities which will need to be self-funded. If applicants fail three tests, resits will not be allowed within a 24 month period. The skills tests are computerized and can be taken at any of a number of Learn Direct test centres throughout the UK. The Department for Education has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests: candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.

Further information about the skills tests, including practice tests are available from the Department for Education Professional Skills Test Webpage or by contacting Learn Direct on 0300 303 9613.

Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page: http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Additional Information

Early Years Teacher Status is a non Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme.

Graduate entry routes of Early Years Initial Teacher Training do not attract student loan.

Early Years Education (Early Years Teacher Status) Post Graduate Certificate does not attract student loan.

It is anticipated that for the academic year 2017-2018, trainees will attend University each Thursday.

Further information about becoming an Early Years Teacher can be found on the Department for Education ‘Get Into Teaching’ website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/become-an-early-years-teacher

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This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. Read more
This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. It is based at the University of Warwick and includes 120 placement days in schools and early years settings.

The EYITT is a government endorsed scheme through which you will gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will allow you to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage in an early years setting.

Route 1: University-Led

This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. It is based at the University of Warwick and includes 120 placement days in schools and early years settings.

Route 2: Employer-Led

This part-time route is for graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school within a 50 mile radius of our campus (CV4 8EE). It provides hands-on training in an employment setting. This route is also available to childminders. Occasionally we can provide you with support in finding employment while you study through this route.

Information for Employers
-As an employer you will receive £7,000 (funding from the government) to cover the cost of your 16 University days and 6 week alternative placement.
-As a partner, the employer will be entitled to attend any of our Early Years CPD for free.
-A qualification in Early Years Teaching has a strong element in the Ofsted inspection.
-There is more flexibility with Early Year Teachers, ratios 1:13 compared to 1:8.
-Parents will be encouraged in their decision making process on selecting a nursery with staff who have obtained qualifications such as the EYITT.

Route 3: Assessment Only

This short route is for experienced graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school, and are able to demonstrate the Early Years Teaching Standards without further training.

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Do you want to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)? This qualification is growing in popularity, and students who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five. Read more
Do you want to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)? This qualification is growing in popularity, and students who hold this status are leading professionals in the provision of services for children aged up to five.

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) follows two routes, each developed to meet a range of needs. So whatever your interests and qualifications, you’ll find the perfect route.

Route one: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEE)
Also known as the Graduate Entry Employment-Based route, this option is perfect for those already working in an early years setting. The course is similar to the graduate entry-level programme, but incorporates plenty of work-based learning. In most cases employers are able to obtain funding to cover the release time for employees who wish to undertake this course.

Route two: Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with EYITT (GEM)
Designed for graduates in any discipline, this route is ideal for those who’ve decided to change careers, or new graduates with an interest in early years education. It’s also known as the Graduate Entry Mainstream Route. The course is fully funded by NCTL and small bursaries may be available for eligible candidates.

Modules

-Critical Perspectives on Pedagogy and Play within the EYFS
-Placement 1
-Notions of Quality in Early Years Practice
-Placement 2-Interim Assessment EYT
-Transforming Early Years Practitioners: Facilitating Reflective Learning
-Placement 3-Final Assessment EYT

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the programme results in the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status.Typically, students find employment in Children's Centres, nursery classes in schools, private and voluntary-funded nurseries or working in Local Authority Early Years Provision.

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This course is designed to allow graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become an Early Years Teacher (EYT). Read more
This course is designed to allow graduates with an appropriate honours degree to train at postgraduate level to become an Early Years Teacher (EYT).

The PGCE with EYTS at Staffordshire University offers specialist support and expertise from tutors who are at the forefront of developments in early years teaching. It is characterised by small class sizes allowing effective links with the schools and nursery provision in our partnership.

The course is funded by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) so there are no course fees and your employer will be paid a bursary to support you to attend classes at University and attend another setting for additional experience.

The course aims to develop your professional competencies in the creation and delivery of programmes in early years education, and to develop the wider professional knowledge and skills expected of a qualified early years teacher.

Course content

This is a 36 week course. The equivalent of 24 weeks (120 days) is spent in 2 carefully selected placements with one day per week in the university.

After an Induction Programme you will continue to work in the setting towards the Teacher Standards and part way through exchange with another setting within a different age category for a minimum of 15 days. Within each setting you will receive expert support from a work based mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review learning opportunities and develop your subject knowledge.

EYTs have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular Early Years staff, help with group work and then move towards sharing responsibility for learning with the Early Years staff before eventually leading early years teaching yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the education setting.

The university element of the course is designed to engage the EYT in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

The university aspects of the course take place on the Stoke campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing EYTs as well as highly experienced tutors. The employment setting experience is where most of your teacher assessment will take place. There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 15 days in an alternative work environment with an age group you are not currently working with. This placement will be arranged for you.

The blend of practical experience and University study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.

Other admission requirements

You must:
-Be employed in a setting with children aged birth to five and this can be either full- or part-time. If you are part-time you will need to complete additional days in the setting to meet the requirements of 120 days which are assessed against the Teacher Standards at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-teachers-standards.
-Be ICT literate.
-Pass the Maths and English skills tests before a place on the course can be offered: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests
You will be required to provide evidence of a clear DBS check - more information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-and-barring-service-criminal-record-checks-referrals-and-complaints.

All applicants are individually assessed and interviewed.

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This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres. Read more
This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres.

You will be trained across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, combining on-campus study with high quality training in schools, ensuring you gain the experience to be an outstanding teacher of children aged 3-7.

On completion of the course you will have the confidence to take up your first teaching post with a clear appreciation of the latest approaches and strategies to teaching theory, combined with extensive practical experience, to enable you to educate and inspire Early Years children.

What will I study?

The programme starts with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

The PGCE consists of four main elements:

- Personal and Professional Development – you will develop your learning skills and will learn how to reflect upon and take charge of your own development as a trainee teacher. Gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will also develop strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and class management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school. A critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives, philosophies and research-based findings will also be conveyed;

- Curriculum – you will learn about the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 for each subject and how to plan, teach, and assess it across the whole primary age range. You will also learn about the Early Years Foundation Stage and the areas of Learning and Development within this;

- Specialist Strand – you will follow this both at Edge Hill University and in school. The aim is to enable you to pursue your own particular interests in Early Years and prepare for an eventual leadership role in schools or settings;

- Research Specialism – you will be immersed in the contemporary key theories and principles of early years education and undertake a relevant small-scale research project.
The importance of play-based learning will be examined in each element. Cross-curricular themes are also considered as are the practical skills of planning for learning, promoting positive attitudes and working in an extended team and with parents and carers.

One of the most important elements of this programme is the practical teaching experience you will gain through placement in one of our partnership schools or nurseries. This hands-on approach is combined with tutor-led sessions and self-study so that you can increase your ability to plan, teach and manage the learning of children aged 3-7 years. You will learn how to teach pupils across the ability range, how to assess pupils’ progress in learning, manage behaviour and maintain a happy learning environment.

The programme will develop your understanding of how children learn and also consider behaviour management, child development and other important professional issues related to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will be encouraged to develop as a reflective and well informed professional.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, practical and work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of ICT, to support your own learning.

The course involves a significant amount of time in schools and settings. You will complete a series of placements in Early Years Foundation Stage classrooms (age range 3-7 years) and Key Stage 1 classrooms (age range 5-7 years). Here, you will work alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development.

In schools and Early Years settings you will undertake a range of differentiated training experiences which will be closely linked to your individual targets. Your teaching timetable will increase in relation to responsibility, as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom. You will progressively assume the responsibility for the children and their achievement and progress, involving excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team delivering this programme has a wide range of experience and expertise as Early Years practitioners, local authority advisers, teachers in school and university tutors. They are committed to being at the forefront of developments and research within Early Years education.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this PGCE allows you to gain a recommendation for QTS.

You will be well placed to progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Early Years settings.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. You will have an ability to teach in Primary schools and Early Years settings, a strong knowledge of Primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. Skills in monitoring and managing your development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years.

Partnerships with local schools and early years settings give you opportunities to put theory into practice on two contrasting placements, supported by experienced mentors and University staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/early-years-birth-to-7-with-eyts

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad knowledge and secure understanding of early years teaching and learning theories – delivered by a long-established teacher training partnership
• Explore your passion for working with babies and young children, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing early years teaching, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your experience in the workplace as well as research interests that you can apply to your own practice
• Gain knowledge of key policy developments in the Early Years and foundation phase, with added consideration of international perspectives
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), enabling you to work in a nursery, private childcare setting, free school and academy; to start your own setting or take up work as a childminder
• Pursue continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Modules

• The Professional Early Years Practitioner
• High Quality Practice in the Early Years
• The Early Years Researcher
• The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you.

As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

Careers

Early Years Teacher Status is a new nationally-recognised qualification. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession.

The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting and school, qualified to teach young children from birth to age 5.

You will keep abreast of policy and research developments, engage in research at your own setting and work with families and other professionals to improve outcomes for babies and young children.

You are also likely to take up further study to Masters Level, e.g. MA Education, MA Education (Early Years), MA Education (Special Educational Needs), MA Education (Leadership) and beyond.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach pupils from 3-7 years and covers all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum, through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Read more
This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach pupils from 3-7 years and covers all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 curriculum, through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll gain 60 Masters level credits and be awarded with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.

The programme will give you an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice, equality and diversity to prepare you for a career in London schools. As a part of the programme you will experience different schools and also have an opportunity to work in an Alternative Education Setting. You will follow a specialist Masters level module focused on Early Years Education.

LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. At LSBU we encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/early-years-pgce

Why specialise in an Early Years PGCE?

The PGCE course qualifies you to teach any age group, but this pathway will allow you to experience the majority of your placements in Early Years Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 or Year 2) and give you opportunities to develop your understanding of pedagogy with an early years focus.

Bursaries

The Government provides the following bursaries to be off-set against tuition fees, via the Training Agency. Tuition fees need to be paid by all students direct to LSBU. Students can use any bursary they receive from the Training Agency for this purpose.

As a primary teacher specialising in the early years, you could be eligible for a training bursary of £3,000 with a first, 2:1, Master’s or PhD.

You do not need to apply for bursaries. Once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a Teacher Training course (and supplied proof of your degree grade) the University will liaise with the Department for Education to put your bursary in place.

Modules

H Level Modules:
- Key Stage 1 core curriculum
This module covers all aspects of the English, mathematics, science and computing national curriculum at Key Stage 1.

- Professional studies
This module covers theories of learning, planning, teaching and assessment, classroom management and employment.

- Foundation subjects
This module covers the national curriculum foundation subjects including: history, geography, art and design, music, and design technology and links this to progression from the early years areas of learning and development.

- School experience
School experience begins in week four of the course. During your Reading Mentor placement you'll be placed in a local school three times a week, gaining experience in the teaching of reading. You'll have opportunities to work with a designated child to develop an in-depth understanding of how teaching relates to pupil learning and progress. Your first block school experience is eight weeks and culminates with you leading a class. School experience 2 is a nine week block, and by the end of this placement you will be expected to teach the whole class for up to three days a week.

- Alternative education setting
In term two you will arrange your own placement following your interests in an Alternative Education Setting. This placement is designed to give you a wider view of education and develop explicit skills that you will then be able to take into mainstream practice. For example you may choose to work in a Special Educational Needs setting or in a Pupil Referral Unit.

M Level Modules:
- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context. You'll undertake a small piece of classroom research.

- Early Years Education
This module provides you with the academic background that underpins key educational concepts and learning development theory in the Early Years. The module supports you in developing your understanding of how to plan and manage the curriculum across the Early Years phase and appropriately deploy resources and manage staff and home-school links.

Employability

The success of our PGCE courses has been recognised by Ofsted and we have been identified as a good provider of initial teacher training. Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms (OFSTED 2014).

All students entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by students to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement in modules from employers
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search

Professional links

Academics from other institutions and related industries are invited as guest speakers to form part of the Equality Inclusion and Citizenship module. The Alternative Educational Settings placement provides an opportunity for you to experience teaching and learning in a completely different environment, and is one of the unique aspects of our programme. This placement may be related to your choice of Masters Level option module.

Placements

During the course you'll spend 24 weeks on school placements which you'll undertake in at least two schools. There will be a specialised reading placement and a placement in an Alternative Educational Setting, allowing experience of working in the relevant age phases (Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1). Placement schools are chosen to provide different experiences including size, organisation and location.

Our partnership works with a wide range of nurseries and schools across London. Placements are allocated as best fit for each trainee, but if you live in outer London or beyond it may require careful planning by you so that you are able to work at assigned schools.

Teaching and learning

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

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For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. Read more
For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. You develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.

The course awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and develops the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.

You study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.

Much of your development is built through your school-based training, linked by university-based learning. Your first experience is in Key Stage 1. It begins with 16 initial days followed by 7 week assessed placement. The second school based training placement is in a foundation stage setting and is over a longer time period. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.

We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools. These play a key role in teaching and assessment, and helping to develop to your professional competence.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-early-years-and-primary-education-37-with-qts

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

Modules
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools and nurseries with professional and curriculum studies. You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher, and the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in foundation stage and in Key Stage 1.

Assessment
Your academic work is assessed by written coursework assignments. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school based mentors. You record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a professional development portfolio.This course is assessed at masters level and we expect most students to achieve this. However, some students may not attain this level of academic work. These students may be awarded a Professional Certificate in Education, provided they have passed all elements of the course at undergraduate level, and have met all the standards for QTS.

Other admission requirements

You must also pass QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: https://www.shu.ac.uk/?sc_itemid=6F732BF1-BDFB-4DD1-83FE-2715DFCE1EDC

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present day UK society.

*GCSE maths and English equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-OCR National Level 2 Science.
-BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

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The course is available part-time, via distance learning and online learning. Read more

Why this course?

The course is available part-time, via distance learning and online learning.

The Early Years Pedagogue (replacing the Early Years Teacher Specialism) is recognised by the Scottish Government, and many local authorities, as a qualification that provides the opportunity for the early years workforce to develop/strengthen their specialist knowledge of the early years.

Its blended approach to learning helps to support professional training and networking across local authorities, alongside practice-based assessments.

The course develops opportunities for you to view your work in nursery and early primary settings in Scotland, in line with contemporary research and international perspectives of what makes effective early years pedagogy.

The Early Years Pedagogue incorporates the need for teachers and practitioners to critically reflect on the adult’s role in developing and understanding young children’s learning journeys and narratives alongside recognising the vital role that the environment has to play in developing health, wellbeing and achievement.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/earlyyearspedagogue/

You’ll study

You’ll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by an introductory week which will be online.
The course is delivered through the web, using Myplace, the University’s virtual online learning environment.

- Postgraduate Certificate
The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of three core modules. After successful completion, you may continue to Diploma study.

- Postgraduate Diploma
To be awarded an Early Years Pedagogue (EYP) Diploma, you must complete three further modules.
You may choose three from the EYP course or two from the EYP course and one from another Masters course.

- Masters
To complete studies to Masters, you'll undertake a further research module and a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Course content

This course offers teachers and high achieving BACP graduates the chance to specialise further in their field and best meet the needs of children in nursery and early primary school.
The certificate explores contemporary and historical perspectives in relation to what matters in early education and how these relate to early years practice.
The diploma looks in depth at how children learn from pre-birth and ways that teachers can use their knowledge of children as learners, the wider life of families and communities to lead pedagogy and work alongside stakeholders to develop learning.

Learning & teaching

You'll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by a trial week before the start Module 1.
The rest of the course is delivered through the web using the University’s online learning platform. You’ll have a weekly student-tutor chat session. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively on weekly tasks within a virtual learning environment. The course will have a password-protected site accessible to tutors and students and our web developer only.

Assessment

A range of practice, linked assessments have been developed to alongside module content.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

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This one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE to teach children aged 3-7 years in primary or infant schools. Read more
This one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with full PGCE to teach children aged 3-7 years in primary or infant schools.

We work closely with over 500 partnership schools to prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, including delivery of the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1. You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, nursery practitioners, class teachers and school mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the fees. You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship up to £3000*.

This course allows you to fast-track to Stage Two of a Master’s degree, quickly progressing your professional development. Opportunities for progression are wide and varied in and outside the school setting. Organisations such as museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. The course can also provide you with opportunities for selfemployment, in areas including private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school.

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Our Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Primary National Curriculum, to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching. Read more
Our Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Primary National Curriculum, to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching.

Graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ – the highest grading possible – this course is primarily delivered online, with the addition of two compulsory training weekends each year. Placements form a large part of the course’s structure and you will complete practical and assessed placements throughout the duration of your course.

You will also have the opportunity to choose an area of specialism should you wish to focus on one key subject.

On completion of the Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status, which allows you to begin working in a school or other educational establishment.

Learn From The Best

The Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE course is delivered by our team of highly experienced tutors who boast extensive experience in teaching and education.

Although a majority of this course is delivered online, you will have ongoing access to staff to enable to them to support you through every step of your degree.

This course also requires you to spend a significant amount of time in our partnership schools, where you will be guided and mentored by an experienced teacher who will act as your school-based mentor.

You will also be assigned a university tutor to support both you and your school-based mentor, to ensure that your school experience fully develops your skills as a teacher.

Our Initial Teacher Education courses are all rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you.

A mix of practical and assessed placements will be undertaken to develop your skills and knowledge. Arranged by Northumbria University, assessed school placements will run for eight weeks and allow you to enhance your classroom-based practice and ability to plan and deliver lessons. In addition, practical placements will allow you to complete a series of online tasks and further develop your understanding and hands-on experience.

This course is assessed via a range of methods that include written assignments, presentations, reflective personal portfolios and school-based assessed placements. These approaches will enable you to gather the evidence you need to demonstrate your competence against the Teachers’ Standards (2012) and to be awarded the PGCE. On successful completion of both you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner a large proportion of your course’s content will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

In addition, you will also be provided access to innovative learning and assessment platform, pebble+, where you can store your written material including reflections, assignments, notes and a portfolio of evidence linked to the Teachers’ Standards, together with assignment feedback from your professional tutor.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout this course. You will be able to draw on our research-led teaching approaches and embark on a process where critical, analytical thinking and self-reflection are central to the development of your knowledge and understanding of learning, teaching and the professional role of a teacher.

Through the development of a practitioner enquiry we will ensure your understanding of current practice and developments is at the forefront of the education sector.

Give Your Career An Edge

All of the Primary Education courses at Northumbria University are graded outstanding by Ofsted, meaning they are highly respected by employers locally and nationally.

You will leave with a strong understanding of teaching, and the ability to appreciate the wider expectations associated with this profession. Your placements will provide practical experience and a strong grounding in the roles and responsibilities of a teacher.

You will leave with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to embark on a successful year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

This course is fully compliant with the requirements for initial teacher training as defined by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – the national awarding body.

Our education courses are ranked 12th in the UK in the Sunday Times University Guide 2016 – an increase of seven places from 2015 – and 6th in the 2016 Smithers Good Teaching Guide.

Your Future

Completion of this course provides you with an excellent introduction to teaching and the opportunity to enter a hugely rewarding profession.

When applying for your first job you will have access to the expertise of University staff and school leaders who will provide support and guidance to your cohort.

Students who complete this course benefit from high employment rates and most often secure teaching roles in primary schools and nurseries.

Graduates may also take advantage of opportunities further afield and gain employment teaching abroad.

Around 50% of our graduates typically secure their first teaching post months before completion of their course, with this figure increasing to 90% within three months of graduation.

Successful completion of the Early Years and Primary (Blended) PGCE will also support your further study should you wish to progress to a Masters qualification.

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The PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher-Training is ideal for you if are a graduate working in an Early Years setting, who requires training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Read more
The PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher-Training is ideal for you if are a graduate working in an Early Years setting, who requires training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

What will I study?

The modules have been developed to support you in meeting all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), whilst working in an early years setting with children aged 0 - 5 and their families.

Modules will generally run on a term-basis and utilise a range of teaching methods designed to fit around your working life.

Level One Forest Schools

In term three you will have the opportunity to study an additional course to gain the Level One Forest Schools award. This award introduces you to the Forest School ethos and approach to learning, including analysing the risks, the impact to the environment and the activities involved.

Modules

Knowledge of Early Learning and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Children
Professional Leadership in Early Years
Early Years Professional Practice
Education Policy and Practice in Early Years

Fast-track to a Master's degree

At the end of each module you have the choice to submit your assignment for assessment for up to 60 Master's-level credits.

Placements

To meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) it s a requirement to demonstrate 120 days in an Early Years setting, of which a minimum of 10 days must be in a Key Stage 1 setting.

Funding

Your workplace can access £7,000 to support you in completing this course. This could be used for staffing costs to release you for a second placement and / or for study.

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This short course is designed for very experienced graduates with substantial successful early years teaching experience, who currently work as unqualified teachers. Read more
This short course is designed for very experienced graduates with substantial successful early years teaching experience, who currently work as unqualified teachers. It does not include any training and is only suitable if you are currently working as an unqualified practitioner.

Supported by your employer, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Early Years teaching standards through assessment of your current practice. A successful assessment leads to Teachers' Standards (Early Years) Award.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment takes place in the setting where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place.

You will gather a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you implement each of the Teachers' Standards effectively across the whole age range of 0 - 5 years. You will be expected to demonstrate you have gained experience across a minimum of two early years settings, including Key Stage 1.

The assessment process

The assessment will include:

1. a completed application form, including a personal statement
2. a reference from your current employing setting
3. presentation of comprehensive and detailed evidence to show how you meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
4. observation and assessment of your practice in your setting
5. evidence of passing the National College for Teaching and Leadership's Professional Skills tests
6. a DBS (formerly CRB) enhanced disclosure clearance.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period or training is required, then an alternative training programme can be advised.

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Early Years Teacher Status is a new graduate role in Early Years settings developed by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Read more
Early Years Teacher Status is a new graduate role in Early Years settings developed by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. It aims to develop expertise in teachers of children aged between birth and five, boosting high standards, skills, experience, commitment and effective leadership in practice with children of this age group.

Leeds Trinity University offers the Graduate Practitioner Pathway to Early Years Teacher Status. If you are a graduate working with children aged between birth and five, it is likely that you will be able to access this training opportunity. There is no fee for the training programme, and your employer will be able to apply for cover costs accrued for the time you spend at University and in required personal study activities.

Benefits of Early Years Teacher Status (Postgraduate Employer Based)

- The Early Years Teacher will play a key role in raising standards in the education and care of children aged birth to five, within the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’.
- They will lead practice with this age group, supporting innovative child-led/adult-directed learning activities that optimise young children’s social/emotional/intellectual development, working in partnership with other children’s workforce professionals and parents/families.
- The programme is supported by tutors who have substantial experience within early years education and care sector as practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers and writers.

Graduate Destinations

With the advent of the ‘two-year-old offer’, schools in particular now urgently require graduate practice leaders with expertise in working with the very young, in particular, those from socio-economically deprived backgrounds. The role of Early Years Teacher has been created to fill this gap and achievement of the status will offer exciting career development opportunities.

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This degree provides you with an opportunity to undertake advanced study in early childhood, to enhance your professional knowledge and extend your knowledge of related areas in early childhood. Read more

Overview

This degree provides you with an opportunity to undertake advanced study in early childhood, to enhance your professional knowledge and extend your knowledge of related areas in early childhood. You will learn about current research and engage critically in theoretical and policy debates of importance to early childhood educators.

Please note that this degree does NOT provide a teaching qualification in early childhood.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-early-childhood

Key benefits

- Enables you to study in your own time by using a variety of online discussion tools or virtual classrooms
- Lets you select units that focus on a particular area of to match your interests, abilities and career goals
- Gives you transferable analytical and research skills
- Offers direct access to experts who are active researchers and are recognised world wide through their publications

Suitable for

Those keen to continue early childhood studies at an advanced level. Those who have a three year Early Childhood teaching degree can use this course to obtain a fourth year qualification.

Please note This degree does NOT provide a teaching qualification in early childhood.

The Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood can be used as a starting point for postgraduate studies. With academic advice in selecting the units of study, you may be eligible to move into this Masters degree.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelors degree in a relevant field
and academic practicum or work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
MQ Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood

- Relevant disciplines
Education, Nursing, Social Work and/or Psychology.

- Relevant areas
Work experience deemed by the Faculty to be relevant to the program of study

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Careers

Career Opportunities
This degree can enhance your employment opportunities when working with young children and their families in diverse settings. Academic advice is available to assist you to make decisions from a long-term perspective.

Please note that this degree does not provide a teaching qualification in early childhood.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-early-childhood

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