MA in Early Childhood Education

Distance Learning, Part-Time

PLEASE NOTE: We are developing our MA in Early Childhood Education course at the University of Sheffield for the September 2018 intake. As this course is currently under development the application portal has not yet opened. However, if you would like to register your interest and receive an update as soon as the revised programme information is available, please complete this form and we will keep you informed.

The website content for the former MA Early Childhood Education course (below) provides a rough guide to the new course, but please bear in mind when reading through this content that there will be some changes to the course.

The MA in Early Childhood Education is a unique, internationally renowned, part-time mixed mode, distance learning course, which has been running successfully since 1998. The course is designed for a range of early childhood mid-career professionals including early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, advisors, inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood.

The MA in Early Childhood Education offers students both the flexibility of studying from anywhere and at any time with the added opportunity to meet fellow students and share experiences at the weekend study schools.

Students living all over the UK and many other countries including Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, India Japan, Malta, Singapore United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam have successfully completed the course and applications from all over the world are welcomed.

The course covers a broad range of issues, encourages students to reflect on their practice, on current policy, and addresses theory and research relevant to their interest.

Full list of Modules


Year 1 - Core Units (90 credits)

EDU7060 + A First Degree, Three years work experience in the field of early childhood education. - GRAD YR 30 Credits
EDU7070 + A first degree, Three years work experience in the field of early childhood education. - GRAD YR 30 Credits
EDU7080 + A first degree, Three years work experience in the field of early childhood education. - GRAD YR 30 Credits

Year 2

EDU7090 Research Methods in Early Childhood Education - GRAD YR 30 Credits
EDU7100 Dissertation (Early Childhood Education - GRAD YR 60 Credits

I loved my 'Sheffield weekends' and every time I returned home my work was just that much better.

Helen Nixon, MA ECE (UK)

MA Students

  This course aims to support students to:

  • Examine their work within the changing field of early years provision
  • Further understand and support children’s learning and development
  • Develop research skills and conduct small-scale projects.
  • Examine current policies
  • Study international developments
  • Critically evaluate a range of literature
  • Enhance their understanding of early childhood education and care from birth to eight.