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International Approaches to Early Childhood Education

This programme is aimed at graduates and graduate practitioners keen to examine international approaches to early childhood education (ECE). Students are offered the opportunity to: Compare Montessori's ideas with other approaches; critically engage with the theoretical and practical issues of ECE; enhance their learning with a European placement (also open to international students).

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Either a 2:2 with substantial practical experience in an early years setting, or a 2:1 or above with less practical experience. Applications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • For students with no early years experience, a work related experience as part of the MA would be a requirement.
  • a DBS check (for students undertaking a placement)

International students should also hold IELTS English Language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website. 

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Research Methods
You will identify and critically evaluate different research methodologies and methods pertinent to research with young children.

Philosophies of Early Childhood Education
This module explores personal views around the purpose of education and progresses to critically reflect on different philosophies of Education in relation to early childhood education, such as Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia. In doing so you will develop and identify a personal philosophy of education.

The Critically Reflective Practitioner
This module involves critically reflecting on personal values, beliefs and assumptions in relation to early childhood practice. You will demonstrate the implications of relevant theory and research on your own practice having engaged in a critically reflective process.

ECE Curricula in an International Context
This module will enable you to develop a critically reflexive lens in exploring ideologies within a framework of curriculum theory in an international context.

Democracy and Participation in ECE
This module will develop your critical understanding of the rationale, issues and debates related to enhancing the democratic participation of diverse groups of young children in a range of education and care contexts in order to plan for future research and practice.

Global Issues, Childhoods and Education
This module critically examines contemporary global issues affecting children and their families drawing on key debates in education and care. In doing so, you will use your comprehensive knowledge base to focus on a global case study pertinent to early childhood education and care and critically analyse it.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the skills, facts, theory and practice that have been developed as part of engaging with the previous modules. You will design and carry out an empirically based research project.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed via coursework, presentations, academic writing, reviews, projects, individual and group presentations, case studies, vivas and the dissertation.


All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months
MA Part-time day September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 24 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 (Year 1) International 12 Months

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