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PgCert Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS)

Course Description

Course Summary

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

Why choose this course?

You are passionate about working with babies and young children (0-5 years) and supporting their learning and development. This employment route course prepares you to be an outstanding Early Years teacher. You will be guided by experienced teachers and practitioners in the workplace. You will learn about appropriate pedagogies for the Early Years, study different theoretical perspectives and deepen your own subject knowledge for teaching children from birth to five years.

On completion of this course you are likely to become a leader of Early Years practice in your school or setting. You will have the ability to influence others in your own and wider contexts and thereby improve the quality of education and care for very young children. You are selected onto the course because you are passionate about working with babies and very young children. The course prepares you to deepen your engagement with this valuable work and influence others to develop their practice.

Career Management Skills

You will already be working in the Early Years sector. This course enables you to become a leader of practice in your own setting and aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles. Accordingly, you will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals. You will present studies and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications. You may be required to carry out a six-week placement in another setting to gain appropriate breadth of experience. If you achieve Early Years Teacher Status will have a nationally recognised qualified status to increase your mobility as an Early Years teacher.

Career/Further study opportunities

You will be confident to lead practice in your own Early Years setting. 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 very young children. You will be able to give a clear rationale for any changes you instigate in your setting, with links to research and theories of child development. You will take a lead in establishing a culture of cooperative working within teams, modelling effective and innovative practice.

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

Visit the PgCert Early Years Teaching (with recommendation for EYTS) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a leader of Early Years practice. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should:Be a graduate with at least 300 creditsBe employed or working as a volunteer in an Early Years settingObtain DBSSatisfy the university that they are suitable for teachingPass professional skills tests in English and MathematicsObtain grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science

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