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MA Early Years Education and Care


Course Description

This MA programme is designed for those who want to develop their understanding and knowledge of early childhood. It provides ideal training and staff development opportunities for those working with young children and their families in a range of settings and situations.

The course takes a critical and analytic overview of children’s early learning and sets this in the context of social learning and societal influences. Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to research, theories and beliefs about children’s learning. The crucial role of adults in that learning process, as policy-makers and pedagogues, will be deconstructed and debated. The course focuses on the remarkable skills of young children as powerful and competent learners; studying what they learn, how they learn, why they learn.

Throughout the programme you will address themes and principles which are linked to the principles of the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child. These are threads that run through the programme, allowing you to appreciate the critical relationship between the integrative approach to children’s learning and good practice in early years settings.

Modules

• Research for and with young children (30 credits)
• Well-being in the Early Years(30 credits)
• Young children’s learning (30 credits)
• The reflective practitioner (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Criteria

The course is designed for professionals already working or volunteering within the education or childcare sector. Entry can be via an undergraduate Honours degree or a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate study. Non-graduates may also be admitted to the degree provided that they have gained a minimum of three years’ professional experience relevant to the course and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing/ analytical skills.

Find out about our Postgraduate Study Scholarships here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/
(Student Profile)

Lynne Hill

"The biggest benefit and support is undoubtedly the college tutors, particularly when the going gets tough, and I have really appreciated the flexibility of tutorials, and the opportunities for email conversations and telephone discussions."


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Entry Requirements

Entry can be via an undergraduate Honours degree or a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate study. Non-graduates may also be admitted to the degree provided that they have gained a minimum of three years’ professional experience relevant to the course and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing/ analytical skills.

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