MA Early Childhood Education (part-time)
School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Join education professionals from all over the world: our postgraduate courses will launch your career in education, or aid your continuing professional development.
Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice; we're supporting the development of children, families and learning communities through dedicated research centres.
About the course
Course description 2017
Distance learning, part-time course
This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It’s open to early childhood professionals anywhere in the world, including early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, and inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood.
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll develop the skills you need to carry out high-quality educational research relevant to your own culture. Those skills include a clearer understanding of the policies, practice and theories that underpin your work.
You’ll discuss international approaches and educational change with leading experts.
- Early Childhood Education: history and policy
- Development Learning and Curriculum
- Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
- Research Methods in Early Childhood Education
- Dissertation (Early Childhood Education)
You'll study mostly at home, staying in contact with your tutor by telephone, post and email. You must attend five residential weekends in Sheffield during the two years of the course.
Each module is assessed through a 6,000- word assignment. A final 15–20,000-word dissertation represents one-third of the MA (60 credits out of 180). On completion, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for doctoral study on our Early Childhood Education EdD.
2-3 years part-time distance learning
An honours degree and two years’ experience of working full-time with or for young children. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree, you can register for the Diploma and transfer to a Masters course when you’ve completed enough coursework.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
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