Early Childhood Education
School of Education,
Faculty of Social Sciences
This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It’s open to everyone with an interest in early childhood education, 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 early childhood education and care. You’ll discuss international approaches and educational change with leading experts.
On completion, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for doctoral study on our Early Childhood Education EdD.
You’ll study mostly at home, staying in contact with your tutor by telephone and email. You must attend three 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).
2-3 years part-time (distance learning)
An honours degree. Relevant experience in the field of early childhood education and care are desirable.
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree, you may be able to register for our International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) and progress to the Education, Teaching and Learning MA, which includes optional modules that form part of our programme.
Under exceptional circumstances, we may be able to consider qualifications and experience that are equivalent to a good honours degree in a related field. In such cases, you would need to evidence equivalence and may be asked to complete an entry assessment.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 8177
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.