If you like working and engaging with young children, then this pathway is for you.
This pathway will make you think about where children are found and how the adults in their lives have ´constructed´ the worlds in which children find themselves.
You will reflect on the nature of childhood; what do we really want from the children with whom we work? What are our early childhood institutions really for?
You will also consider adults who work in early childhood environments; what are the motivations for this? What are the key qualifications needed to develop a career in early childhood? What are the realistic alternatives to promotion? How does the British early childhood workforce differ from that in other countries?
You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification and a role within education that will allow you to complete the work based assignments. Even if you don’t have these entry requirements it’s worth contacting us if you have relevant professional experience as we may be able to consider your application.
Masterly Academic Practices
Evidence Based Practice
Prescribed pathway modules
There are two modules, each of which has a different focus. Each of them are rooted in practice, and draw extensively from recent academic literature. You will reflect critically on recent government policies and consider them in relation to their work environment, as well as local, national and international practice.
The two precribed pathway modules are:
You will be given the opportunity to conduct a small project into real children’s places and examine current academic writing on how British society sees ´childhood´. You will consider:
To what extent do we allow children the experience of childhood?
What does research tell us about children’s experience of childhood and how it changes as they move from care into formal educational provision?
Children´s Workforce Development
In this module, discussion will focus on the skills, knowledge and attitudes expected of those people who work with young children. You will consider:
How has this changed in recent years, as the expectation of a highly qualified and professional workforce has emerged?
How does the British early childhood workforce compare to that of other countries?
An audit of the career pathways of our recent graduates suggests that the pathway is having a significant impact on their practice and career development. There is a recognition that the MA Education enhances professionalism as well as boosting career development.
We hear from our graduates that they have achieved promotion, are more confident in asking critical questions regarding practice and are carrying out their own research in their setting.
Some of our graduates have become co-ordinators of research into particular aspects of practice, leading practice within a range of settings. Some are undertaking their own research projects that are soon to be published.
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