This course aims to further develop your professional knowledge, understandings in Early Years Education and Care, applicable to a wide range of practice-based settings. For all students this will require you to undertake observations in work-place practice, and advice and support from tutors will be provided to facilitate assessment and learning on the course.
You will study with other professionals from a range of educational organisations including schools, local authority organisations, the lifelong learning sector and universities.
The course is available for part time study, giving students access to a range of optional units with broad themes that allows individuals to focus on specific areas of study within the units in order to personalise these appropriate to their interests and needs. In this way you will be able to make a deeper, more specialist analysis in one particular core theme, or appropriate to one area of your own practice or experience.
Alongside the taught units, you will study Research Methods in the workplace in preparation for your dissertation.
The aim of this part-time MA in Education (Early Years) is to enhance your knowledge and skills required to support the learning that occurs in early years settings.
The core unit Early Years Education and Care explores current theory and practice in early years settings, with a particular focus on social constructions of childhood, and the learning opportunities available for children in early years settings.
Following this, you have access to a wide range of units that allow you to explore and develop your skills and understandings, for example by exploring leadership in early years educational settings, or by focusing on the diverse needs of students that present in early years settings.
You also have the opportunity to interrogate current policy in relation to early years education in detail in the unit analysing policy: children’s voice.
On this course you will be able to learn through a variety of ways including workshops, seminars, online learning and through tutorial support.
As part-time students, this blended learning course will allow you to work around your work commitments with a combination of face-to-face sessions as well as online support and activities.
This Master’s qualification will enhance your chances for promotion and for employment in other contexts, particularly in relation to taking on further management and leadership responsibilities in early years settings.
The course is designed to help you engage, study and critique key issues in early years education and care as well as offering options in leadership, mentoring and coaching, all of which support career progression or diversification.
As a Master’s graduate, you will have the confidence, knowledge and critical skills to prepare and present a strong application to senior posts in the field of education.
Previous graduates have gone on to take up enhanced roles within their organisation; some have undertaken PhD study.