This programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisors. The course offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood. It also involves a reflection on and analysis of your own professional practice. A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme. The course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading, either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals.
Year 1 modules include: Distinct approaches in early childhood education and care; contemporary issues in early childhood. Year 2 modules include: Foundations of being; equality and inclusion in early childhood. Year 3 modules include: Research methods; dissertation.
Course Additional Entry
Students will normally hold a relevant Honours degree (at least 2.2) and will work within the early childhood workforce. Some of the modules require an observational visit to a setting offering care and education for children from birth to 7 years. Where you are not working directly with children you will need to be able to commit to this component of the programme. All students are interviewed, but importance is also placed on the statement of application. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
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