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Education (Early Childhood) MA (PGCert PGDip)

Course Description

Course in brief

The University of Brighton is one of the UK's largest teacher training universities, rated ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted inspection.

This degree will benefit you if you are an early years professional and wish to further your development in the field, formalising your knowledge with a postgraduate qualification.

Studying with us, you will graduate with an in-depth and critical understanding of pedagogical theory and its application to learning and teaching in early years education.

Teaching and mentoring is delivered by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs and advances course content.

The course is designed to fit around your existing work or voluntary commitments; the part-time course design ensures minimal disruption to your personal and professional life.

Course structure

The programme is delivered on a part-time basis at the University of Brighton's Falmer site.

The course includes a blend of contact with tutors through taught sessions as well as online learning and face to face tutorials. It has a flexible framework that combines academic study with work-based learning and action research that enables you to combine day-to-day professional activity with masters' level thinking and research.

Areas of study

The Education MA is achieved by progressing through three stages, each of which is equivalent to 60 credits.

The programme includes specialist early childhood modules aimed at supporting you in your role of leading practice in the workplace.

You will further develop your understanding and critical awareness of current early years issues, particularly in the areas of pedagogy and practice, with leadership skills development.

Stage 1

Engaging in Professional Development

This stage encourages critical reflection of practice and provides an opportunity to develop and enhance your understanding of key topics through modules that offer a specialist focus on early years practice. Assessment is based on the application of learning to practice and evaluation of impact on yourself, your learners or others affected by your study.

Module 1 aims to support you in your leadership role while you plan for and implement quality improvement and critically engage with research-driven quality assessment tools.

Stage 2

Developing Practitioner Research

Stage 2 of the award is made up of one specialist module that continues the focus on early childhood and two core modules that support the dissertation. One focuses on the use of literature and current education research in early childhood to inform research and the other looks at methodology appropriate to the study of early childhood and leads to the research proposal.

Module 2 aims to support you in understanding current issues and debates while engaging with the latest relevant research. Areas covered will reflect contemporary issues at the time and will vary from aspects such as developing physical literacy in care and education, social relationships and competencies, communication and language, risk taking and children's voice.

Stage 3

Investigating and Embedding Enhanced Practice

At this stage you will undertake a structured research based dissertation in an area of your professional interest. Findings will have a direct impact on practice within an educational context. It will involve planning, implementation, analysis and dissemination of your conclusions and recommendations.

The third specialist module aims to support your understanding of some of the broader perspectives considered in early childhood contexts and is likely to include critical engagement with international perspectives, poststructuralist perspectives, children's rights, pedagogy and professionalism in education and care.

Careers and employability

On completion of this programme you can anticipate an increased depth of knowledge in a specific area informed by empirical research.

This should facilitate increased levels of confidence as a leader and the ability to enhance learning and development in babies and young children, as well as support their parents/carers in doing the same, within your area of responsibility.

Visit the Education (Early Childhood) MA (PGCert PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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