University of Roehampton

MA Early Childhood Studies

This postgraduate programme draws on Froebel’s understanding of the transformative power of young children’s play on their thinking, and the crucial way that adults can either seek to assist or control young children’s intrinsic creativity. In adults’ interactions with children, however, Froebel recognised the profound influence of the community and social context.
The programme is relevant, engaging and of professional and personal value for a variety of roles within the early years sector. For those working directly with young children, engagement with the course content will provide a platform for continuing professional development and career progression, while for those involved in early years policy or research, the course offers an opportunity to engage with up current thinking in a broad range of issues.

Entry Requirements

  • You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. 
  • Postgraduate degrees – 6.5 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component.

Career Prospects

Our graduates typically progress into careers in professional practice and leadership in early childhood, education, health and social welfare. Other possibilities are policy making, implementation, administration of early childhood services, research and developing the early years workforce in further and higher education.

Course Details

The syllabus is underpinned by an awareness of the influence of these social, cultural and political contexts on young children’s lives, and of the roots and structures of inequality that arise from these issues. The programme will strengthen your awareness and understanding of these influences and explore how you take account of them in action. In these respects, the programme also draws inspiration from the work of Paulo Freire, the radical and pioneering educator.

You will gain an understanding of the political nature of this work, learn advocacy skills for the well-being of young children and their families and develop effective leadership and collaboration techniques across disciplines in the field of early childhood. Alongside modules going deeper into young children’s emotions and well-being, students will learn skills for undertaking their own social and educational research. These skills will be put into practice with an extended in-depth research-based project, critically enquiring into an identified social or educational problem.

Compulsory modules
• Play, Thinking and Communication
• Social and Educational Research
Optional modules
• Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice
• Exploring the Froebelian Legacy in Early Childhood Practice
• Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy
• Emotion and the Roots of Wellbeing
• Current Perspectives on Child Development
• Representing Childhoods
• Developing a Language-aware Pedagogy for Multilingual Learners
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
• APEL Portfolio
Dissertation module
• Dissertation
Independent Study
• Independent Study

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