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The programme supports you in developing your knowledge and understanding of issues and practice through enquiry and research. The programme provides a range of module choices, but you are encouraged to bring your own ideas and focus on your own particular professional interests. This award is gained through taking an early childhood education focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation.

Applicants must have substantial experience of practice in early childhood educational settings, or must have a bachelor degree in early childhood education.

The MA Early Childhood Education is offered as part of a suite of awards available through the MA Education Framework.

Study routes

This programme is offered on a 1 year full-time basis, and part-time study for 2 or 3 years.

Why choose this course?

This MA Early Childhood Education award aims to equip students to enhance service provision at nursery, local and national level becoming or preparing to become a change agent in their own practice and in early childhood practice in general.  Students will build on and deepen their knowledge and understanding of practice and theory in relation to child development, curriculum design and pedagogical leadership

Through this programme you will:

  • Develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to education practice through critical reflection, analysis and enquiry
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse educational theory and how it links to practice
  • Become a member of a supportive learning community and learn from professionals from a range of educational settings
  • Become a successful practitioner researcher

What job can I get?

Through the choice of modules and their dissertation topic students can focus on specific aspects of their own professional development or prepare for a future role in research or for doctoral studies.

Course details

Teaching methods

Taught sessions are built around discussion, discovery, shared learning and peer review with tutor support and expertise immediately at hand. All modules are constructed so that the focus of the work should be upon your individual interests and professional requirements.  

  • For each 30 credit module, attendance at between 7/8 twilight sessions per module
  • A significant amount of private study and reading
  • Independent research
  • An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules
  • A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment
  • Full access to the University’s Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and virtual learning environment

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Exploring Approaches to Research - 30 Credits
  • Early Childhood Education Dissertation - 60 Credits

Optional

  • Developing Subject and Professional Knowledge - 30 Credits
  • Creativity: You and Your Practice - 30 Credits
  • Early Childhood: Foundations for Life - 30 Credits
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - 30 Credits
  • Leadership and Management - 30 Credits
  • Education, Social Justice and Social Change - 30 Credits
  • Inclusive Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

You would need to have an honours degree (2:2 or higher) or equivalent qualifications and/or experience.  Overseas awards need to be recognised as equivalent by NARIC.

English language Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or equivalent.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to overall IELTS Academic score 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Previous Masters level study is considered for accreditation through the APCL process.

Non-certificated Masters level study might be accredited through the APEL process.  This must be completed prior to beginning study on the programme.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)
15/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
25/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)
15/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)