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Early Childhood Education

The EdD ECE examines a variety of aspects of educational research and is for those who wish to research their practice in early childhood education in more depth, whether working in early years settings or offering other services for young children and their families. The course aims to provide students with both a thorough grounding in the philosophy, principles and practice of educational research, and provide a critical understanding of key contemporary issues in relation to early childhood education.

The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional and managerial careers.

The programme is designed to enable each student to focus on issues relating to her/ his own professional needs.

Entry requirements

A candidate for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) degree must:

  • be a graduate of an approved university holding a Bachelor’s degree (normally first or second class Honours or equivalent) and normally holding an appropriate Masters degree or hold such other qualifications as may, on the recommendation of the School, be deemed by Senate to be equivalent to the qualifications previously mentioned.
  • have a minimum of two years’ professional experience within a relevant field and have achieved a minimum standard in IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each section).

Course modules

In Part I, students attend a weekend study school for each module i.e. three weekend study schools per year. Attendance at residential weekends is a compulsory part of the programme at Part I level. These weekends enable students to meet and develop their own networks and contacts.

Students are sent readings in electronic form prior to each weekend school. During the study school, students attend in lectures and seminars. Regular communication between students and supervisors is encouraged throughout Part II. In addition to attending supervision tutorials at weekend study schools students maintain contact at key points during their programme of study via e-mail, letter, telephone and personal visits.

Part I

This comprises six modules. They are normally studied in the following order:

  • Introduction to Education Research
  • Contemporary Debates in Education
  • Processes of Educational Research
  • Approaches to Education Policy
  • Named route module
  • Research Design and Management

Part II: Thesis

  • An extensive research project of between 50,000 and 60,000 words.

Assessment methods

Students complete an assignment at the end of each module in Part 1. Students are encouraged to shape assignments to meet their own professional contexts. Every student is assigned a personal tutor for the duration of each module. Assignments are 6,000 words in length and students can expect to receive feedback on a plan and a complete draft of their assignment.

In Part 2 students conduct an extensive research project on an approved topic, resulting in a thesis of between 50,000 and 60,000 words. It is examined through a viva examination to ensure the highest research standards. The Part 2 research thesis is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff. Regular communication between students and supervisors is encouraged throughout Part 2. In addition to attending supervision tutorials at weekend study schools, students maintain contact at key points during their programme of study via e-mail, Skype and/or telephone.

Fees

Fees are payable each year for a minimum of 4 years and will be charged in years 5 and 6 where studies continue.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
EdD Part-time £ 3,347 (Academic year) Home/EU 4 Years
EdD Part-time £ 8,750 (Academic year) International 4 Years

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