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University of Reading

Education (Early Years)

* Gain in-depth understanding of the way young children/young adults think and behave

* Focus on cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership

* Develop your leadership skills

* Designed to be flexible and meet the needs of busy professionals

**Education at Reading**

Our Institute of Education is an established leading provider of high-quality training and research in education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), 80% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with a global impact on educational policy and practice.

Our passion for transforming lives through education is at the heart of our commitment to developing caring, reflective, professional educational practitioners. Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools, which we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore.

At master's level, we offer a broad range of courses including a flexible MA Education with specialised pathways; certificates in Early Years Practice, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Reflective Practice; and an extensive range of teacher training courses with first-rate placements. Additionally, we co-deliver an MA English Language Education course with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Entry requirements

MA: You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard university entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education and training with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching/training but will consider applications from good students with at least one year's experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Sample modules may include:

* Values and practices in education: an overview of key philosophical, social, cultural and political debates about education

* Investigating education: provides both theoretical and practical knowledge to support educational research and enquiry

* Child development: covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and this may impact on education

* The professional self in Early Years leadership: aims to construct an image of the Early Years professional as an expert in relational pedagogy, acting as a role model for children staff and parents

* Improving teaching and learning: enables students to explore an aspect of teaching and learning practice and to evaluate this in light of research evidence

Check our website for more details of the course structure.


These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs.
For part-time fees please contact the university.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,180 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months
MA Full-time £ 15,270 (Whole course) International 12 Months
MA Part-time Home/EU 0 63 Months
MA Part-time International 0 63 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 15,650 (Whole course) International 12 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,360 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 15,650 (Whole course) International 63 63 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 7,360 (Whole course) Home/EU 63 63 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 16,045 (Whole course) International 63 Months
MA Part-time September 2019 7,545 (Whole course) Home/EU 63 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 16,045 (Whole course) International 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 7,545 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months

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