Early years education is at the centre of current educational debate, due to the introduction of the Foundation Phase and Flying Start initiatives in Wales. The MA Early Years course is for you, if you’re a graduate or non-graduate with relevant experience looking to enhance your knowledge in the area and reflect on your own work with children.
On the course you will explore child development and effective early learning, and consider international and historical perspectives. In addition, you will examine some of the issues that are recognised as being fundamental to new approaches, such as child-centred, experiential learning and the use of the outdoor classroom.
The course is grounded in the belief that a multi-disciplinary approach to working with children is crucial if their needs are to be met holistically and as such we aim to promote inter-professional dialogues throughout your study.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
In common with all of the MA Education pathways, you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition you will study the two specialist modules.
This module explores the impact of a wide variety of genetic and environmental influences on child development. It considers the course of physical growth from birth to adolescence, and factors which affect this growth. You are helped to understand and debate the theoretical frameworks relating to cognitive and language development, and explore and evaluate emotional and social development from a developmental and sociological perspective.
Supporting Early Learning
This module looks at effective ways to support children’s learning and development. The role of play, which is a key element in the delivery of the Foundation Phase for children’s learning, is explored in some depth.
You will then select one other relevant module from within the MA Education programme.
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
Learning and teaching methods
Students will be taught by a highly experienced team who are involved first hand with current research and development in the early years education field.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development.
An MA award demonstrates that you’ve developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so.
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