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Early Childhood Education

This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It's open to early childhood professionals anywhere in the world, 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 your work. You'll discuss international approaches and educational change with leading experts.

Entry requirements

MA: An Honours degree and 2 years' experience of working full-time with or for young children. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree, can register for the diploma and transfer to a Master's course when they have completed enough coursework. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Early Childhood Education: history and policy; Development Learning and Curriculum; Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education; Research Methods in Early Childhood Education; Dissertation (Early Childhood Education).

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed through a 6,000-word assignment. A final 15-20,000-word dissertation represents 1/3 of the MA (60 credits out of 180).


We don't have the fee for this course. Please contact the department to check.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Distance learning (part-time) Home/EU 2 Years
MA Distance learning (part-time) International 2 Years
MA Distance learning September 2018 2 2 Years
MA Distance learning September 2019 2 Years

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