UWE Bristol

MA Education (Early Years)

MA Education will support you to develop as a critically reflective practitioner working within the Early Years sector. Through the study of theory and reflection on practice you will gain a deeper understanding of child development and playful learning with particular reference to the EYTS curriculum. Children's engagement with core skills such as mathematical understanding and early reading will be considered in a wider political context.

The first phase of the course is taught together with the Early Years Teacher Status course. You will then progress to complete the full MA Education (Early Years) and carry out an enquiry focusing on your own area of interest.

Flexible learning environment

This modular course offers a learning environment to help you schedule your study around work and other commitments. Our experienced staff have wide ranging experience and specialisms in Early Years and Education, and will provide support throughout your course.

You can often use existing credits you have from relevant study at UWE Bristol or elsewhere towards your total credits (e.g. M Level modules in a PGCE course).

Entry Requirements

Usually applicants will be required to hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and a qualification related to their professional field, for example a teaching qualification (eg PGCE, PGCE (PCET), Cert Ed, PG Dip). Experience within their professional field is also required.

Applicants with a teaching qualification or previous master's credits are usually entitled to apply for accredited learning credits in recognition of their prior learning: examples include PGCE with QTS and Masters credits; Masters modules as part of NCTL (formerly TDA) funded courses including SENCO, NAPSLBAs.

EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

Course Details

Critical Perspectives in the Early Years Foundation Stage: you will explore the foundations of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and how these can be appropriately developed in practice, with particular focus on the prime areas.

Qualifying for Early Years Teacher Status: you will be supported in becoming change agents within your practice, learning to become effective leaders and managers.

Becoming an Early Years Teacher: This a 120 day practice module provides you with the opportunity to work in settings and support in linking theory and practice. You learn to plan and deliver an effective curriculum and develop an enabling environment that meets the needs of all children within the relevant age phase.

Researching Education: In this module you will examine approaches to educational research and how this supports professional enquiry and development. You will look at practitioner and action research as well as case study approaches to understanding educational and professional action. There will also be a focus on research methods, the processes of analysis and presentation of argument as well as an examination of ethics and theoretical frameworks.
Dissertation: you will focus on the execution of empirical research and writing up your theories. Sections likely to be included are: Introduction; Contextualisation; Methodology; Data Collection and Analysis; Implications; Recommendations and Conclusions.

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