About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Early Childhood Education 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MA Early Childhood Education
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Early Childhood Education 2019 Programme specification 1 MA Early Childhood Education

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

Course details

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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Exploring Approaches to Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Early Childhood Education Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    Developing Subject and Professional Knowledge 30 Credits Optional
    Creativity: You and Your Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Early Childhood: Foundations for Life 30 Credits Optional
    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership and Management 30 Credits Optional
    Education, Social Justice and Social Change 30 Credits Optional
    Inclusive Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 30 Credits Optional
  • 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Scholarships

    Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 3 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    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)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/202130/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/09/202130/09/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    15/01/202231/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students