MA Education: Early Childhood (full time)

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Join education professionals from all over the world for a postgraduate course that will advance your career.

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.

I will always remember meeting so many international students and learning about their cultures; the feeling of unity while all being so different

Tiffany Nallet, MA in Early Childhood Education Student

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Full-time course

This one-year, full-time course covers a broad range of issues, encourages students to reflect on their experiences of early childhood education current policy and addresses theory and research relevant to their interests.

School of Education postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research
  • Early Childhood 1: Development, Learning and Curriculum
  • Early Childhood 2: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • The Practice of Research
  • Dissertation

Structure, teaching and assessment

Two core modules and two subject-specific modules.

Teaching and learning takes place via lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion, active inquiry and investigations. Regular meetings with a personal tutor support and encourage your learning and understanding.

A weekly tutorial and a Study of Education course accompanies the taught modules.

There are no formal written examinations and assessment is by coursework and a 15–20,000-word dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field is required.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our programmes, contact us:

E: education@sheffield.ac.uk
T: (+44) (0)114 222 8177

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.