This route allows you to explore issues in early childhood education and care at a postgraduate level.
The course suits students with some experience of working with young children and an intention to work in this profession in a leadership capacity. There is a distinctive focus on applying cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership.
See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education-early-years.aspx
What will you study?
Child Development: this optional module covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and how this may impact on education.
The Professional Self in Early Years Leadership: This module aims to construct an image of the early years professional as an expert in relational pedagogy, acting as a role model for children, staff and parents.
What career can you have?
In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.
With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.
We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.
Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.
We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.
We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.
Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard University entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching but will consider applications from good students with less experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.