Bath Spa University

MA Education: Early Years

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Bath Spa University
In London and Corsham

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Typology Master
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Duration 1 Year
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Develop expertise in early years education and become a specialist in promoting high quality practice.

Builds an MA level knowledge in child development theory and research.
Develops critical insight into effective practice and pedagogy.
Includes a strong international perspective.

Early years education is globally recognised as crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong learning and development. It is an important phase of education; critical aspects of social, emotional and cognitive development are established in a child’s early years.

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Wiltshire, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn, along with the most effective ways to create an enabling learning environment. You’ll be introduced to different pedagogical approaches, including international perspectives, which will include a critical analysis of the cultural construction of childhood. The course incorporates various elective modules which will enhance your skills and insights into developing quality educational provision for young children.

· Who is it intended for?

Governments worldwide are now making early childhood education a priority and increasing their investment in early years provision. You’ll acquire specialist expertise in an area of education that is rapidly expanding and opening up new career opportunities. You’ll be equipped to take on a leadership position or an advisory role in supporting the development of early years provision in your own country.

· Requirements

You will need to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised higher education institution. The content and subject matter of your degree is open. For overseas, non-native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.

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Student's Review
4.5 11/05/2019
About the course: It would be a new chapter in anyone's life, take advice from the teachers. The staff is good. The course is good and a good wealth of knowledge.
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5.0 11/05/2019
About the course: The campus is so beautiful and the teachers are amazing and helpful
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4.0 10/05/2019
About the course: I enjoyed everything about the university.
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What you'll learn on the course

Early Years
Quality Training
Social Science
Politics and Society
learning environment
Childhood Education Theory

Course programme

The course is structured over three trimesters (thirds) and totals 180 credits (90 ECTS). You can start in September or February and will study for 60 credits per trimester.

· Trimester 1
In your first trimester you will study one award core module, Early Childhood Care and Education (30 credits). This updates and extends your critical knowledge and understanding of how young children develop, and creates a foundation for all future learning and will develop your skills and expertise in creating high quality learning environments. In addition you will complete the 30 credit MA Education core module, Education: Economics, Politics and Society.

· Trimester 2
In your second trimester you will study the compulsory core module Social Science Research (30 credits) which sets educational research within the broader context of the social sciences and introduces a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and methods from which you can select the most appropriate approach for your dissertation. In addition, two 15 credit elective modules are studied in this trimester. You may choose to study the early years elective module Outdoor Play and Learning in Early Childhood. This module is designed for those who have an interest in the role of outdoor play and learning of children from birth to eight years. This module offers a critical and culturally relevant understanding of outdoor experiences in early childhood education.
You may choose elective modules from other MA Education awards such as Including Vulnerable Learners; Education: Peace and Conflict; Education and Development; Leadership and Coaching.

· Trimester 3
In your third trimester you will research and write your Dissertation (60 credits) on a topic relevant to your award. The dissertation enables you to study and research an aspect of early childhood education theory, policy or practice in depth, guided by an expert to arrive at your own synthesis of a topic to take forward into your career.

Course assessment

There are no written exams on this course; each module is assessed through coursework. This typically involves an essay of 3,500 words for a 15 credit module or 7,000 words for a 30 credit module. For some modules assessment may be by verbal presentation or online activity. The dissertation is 15,000 – 20,000 words and focuses on an area agreed with a specialist tutor, who will offer guidance on structure and academic writing.

Additional information

Course length: One year full-time (three trimesters), or two years part-time (six trimesters)

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