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Early Childhood Education (Malta)

This mixed-mode, distance-learning course is designed to be completed in two years, with students studying 4 modules and completing a dissertation. Five compulsory weekend study schools take place at St Catherine's High School, Malta; 3 in the first year and 2 in the second year. Students work with their tutors on a mixed-mode programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. Specialised library services exist for distance learning students including a wide range of electronic journals and data bases.

The course is for a broad range of professionals working with and for young children. Students working in education and related areas focusing on children from birth to eight years study the programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient English language to successfully complete their course. For entry to our distance learning courses, applicants who have successfully completed a degree at a university where English was the language of study, such as the University of Malta, and provide sufficient evidence of this, will not normally be required to complete a separate English Language qualification.

If you have not done so the standard English language requirement for the Masters programme is as below:
Masters Programme – an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component, or the equivalent in an alternative qualification.

Course modules

The course has four modules – with unique, specially prepared units:

  • Module 1: Early Childhood Education: History and Policy
  • Module 2: Development, Learning and the Curriculum
  • Module 3: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Module 4: Research Methods and Methodology
  • These are followed by the dissertation, which is the focus of the fifth study school.

Assessment methods

Each module will normally be assessed through a 30-credit assignment. Students will be able to negotiate with their personal tutor assignment themes most suited to their circumstances and interests. Students work with their academic tutors at weekend schools, by telephone, skype and online.


The dissertation is an opportunity to focus on an issue of personal/professional interest to the student. The dissertation represents one third of the MA (60 credits out of 180, approximately 15,000 - 20,000 words).


Please contact department for International fees.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 4,750 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
MA Distance learning International 2 Years

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