This distance-learning programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisors.
About the course
This course is a high quality, contemporary and coherent programme that has been designed to meet the needs of professionals working within the early childhood workforce.
The MA offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood. It also involves a reflection on and analysis of your own professional practice. A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme.
The course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading – either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals.
The early childhood studies team has a long history of developing accessible study for the early childhood workforce. London Met was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate programme designed for those working within the early childhood workforce – both as a face-to-face and distance learning programme.
The course is underpinned by the following aims to:
develop a detailed understanding of current research and thinking in the field of early childhood
continuously appraise research and theory and reflect on its impact on early childhood provision and practice with an emphasis on students’ own professional practice
develop a sophisticated understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact on the lives of young children and their families
develop a comprehensive understanding of and commitment to issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of early childhood
You are assessed through coursework as well as a dissertation.
Year one modules include:
Distinct Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Year two modules include:
Foundations of being
Equality and Inclusion in Early Childhood
Year three modules include:
Research Methods and the Dissertation
After the course
Career opportunities and potential continuing professional development include:
Advisers to local and national government
Further and higher education tutors
Leadership roles within early childhood
Why London Met?
At London Metropolitan University
, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.
The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.
Support from London Met
If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.