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MA Early Literacy


Course Description

This is a new postgraduate qualification designed for those supporting young children’s literacy. It provides ideal training and staff development to improve delivery of the Literacy Framework, up skill practitioners and raise children’s literacy standards.

The degree is delivered so that students can integrate work commitments and study. The course combines face to face delivery at the University with independent study by the student from home. Lectures / workshops are delivered as twilight / evening sessions or on the weekend. The course also uses blended learning where students use online resources provided by the tutors to complement and extend classroom learning.

Themes explored during the degree ensure that the content is multidisciplinary and cross-curricular and include:
• emergent literacy;
• the role of the environment and adults to enhance literacy;
• technology and early literacy; and,
• literacy and inclusion.

The modules studied provide opportunities to develop high level research skills as well as to reflect on, analyse and evaluate current practice and theory within the field of early literacy.

The course also reflects the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with a strong emphasis on children’s wellbeing, equality, inclusion, respect, the right to make decisions and the right to have access to play. These principles also have close links to the aims of the Foundations Phase Framework.

The programme provides a detailed overview of early literacy and students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to research and theories within this field. The role of adults and the environment in early literacy will be debated and explored, and students are encouraged to share and reflect on their own experience and practice.

The course is designed to allow students to gain the confidence to explore alternative theories and methodologies to support their own work with children.

Students on the course are also encouraged to focus on young children as powerful and competent learners and to recognise that lifelong literacy is significantly influenced by literacy experiences during very early childhood.

Modules:

During the Postgraduate Diploma students will study modules linked to:

Research in a Changing World
Alternative Literacies
Early Literacy History, Research and Policy
Literate Environments
Students completing the MA will also be required to complete a research based dissertation within the field of early childhood literacy.

Features

• This is an ideal qualification for teachers, LSAs, nursery personnel, child-minders, lecturers and course providers, Flying Start personnel and anyone interested in supporting children’s early literacy.
• The course has been designed by the School of Early Childhood to support professionals develop and raise literacy standards and to deliver the Literacy Framework effectively. However the multidisciplinary and cross-curricular nature of the course as well as the strong emphasis on reflection, evaluation, analysis and research provide students with important transferable skills.
• The degree’s focus on undertaking research, academic writing skills and oral presentation skills also allow students to develop skills which are sought by employers and are transferable to several different career situations.

The School of Early Childhood

The School of Early Childhood has a successful reputation for delivering high quality postgraduate education. The lecturers have a diverse range of expertise from previous careers including those who have worked as nursery and primary school personnel, nursery owners and managers, police child protection officers, early childhood development officers and researchers.

Lecturers also maintain close links with the early childhood sector in order to ensure students have the opportunity to link what they learn in University with real issues in the workplace. The School also has close ties with the local community and a strong focus on widening access so that non-traditional students are able to return to education.

Students who study the Early Literacy degree are provided with an innovative and exciting course, which is tailored to facilitate students’ involvement and participation in their own learning so that they become confident gradates in the future.

Entry Criteria

The course is designed for professionals already working or volunteering within the education or childcare sector.

Entry can be via

an initial degree by an approved degree awarding body;
a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate 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.

Applicants will be interviewed to discuss particular entry requirements.

All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Early Literacy page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles
Scholarships

Entry Requirements

The course is designed for professionals already working or volunteering within the education or childcare sector. Entry can be via • an initial degree by an approved degree awarding body; • a non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate 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. Applicants will be interviewed to discuss particular entry requirements.

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