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Early Childhood Studies - MA

Why study this course?

This distance-learning programme is designed for professionals working within the early childhood workforce, including those who may not be working directly with children but are involved in developing the early childhood workforce, such as further education lecturers and local authority advisers.

Our course is a high quality, contemporary and coherent programme that has been designed to meet the needs of professionals working within the early childhood workforce. The MA offers you an opportunity to advance your knowledge, understanding and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking in early childhood. It also involves a reflection on, and analysis of, your own professional practice.

A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this programme

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The course is delivered by distance learning using an interactive online platform and individual academic support from tutors. As well as academic content, the interactive online platform includes podcasts, video, online discussions and links to identified reading – either as scanned chapters or through access to our wide range of online books and academic journals.

The early childhood studies team has a long history of developing an accessible study for the early childhood workforce. London Met was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate programme designed for those working within the early childhood workforce both as a face-to-face and distance learning programme.
The course is underpinned by the following aims to:

  • develop a detailed understanding of current research and thinking in the field of early childhood
  • appraise research and theory continuously and reflect on its impact on early childhood provision and practice with an emphasis on students’ own professional practice
  • develop a sophisticated understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact the lives of young children and their families
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of early childhood

Assessment

You'll be assessed through ongoing coursework and a written dissertation.

You will be required to have:

  • a relevant honours degree (at least 2:2) and work within the early childhood workforce

Some of the modules require an observational visit to a setting offering care and education for children from birth to six-years-old. Where you're not working directly with children you will need to be able to commit to this component of the programme.

All students are interviewed, but importance is also placed on the statement of application.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to examine contemporary issues in early childhood using a range of theoretical lenses and will consider the implications these issues have for early years policy and practice. It will consider how global, economic, cultural and political contexts contribute to issues becoming ‘concerns’. A range of perspectives on early childhood such as feminism, post-modernism, human capital, as well as from neuroscience, psychology and psychoanalytical thinking will be explored to encourage students to critically engage in contemporary issues which directly impact on their work within the early childhood workforce.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module explores a range of distinctive approaches in early childhood education and care. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical roots of these different approaches and consider the impact they have had or might have on their own provision.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • all year (January start)

    This module explores key concepts in research and supports students to undertake a small-scale independent piece of research relevant to their professional discipline.

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  • This module explores a range of distinct approaches conceptualising and analysing creativity from varied theoretical angles. Students will be supported to understand and use the prime theoretical tools that these theories offer towards ‘recognising’ how and where creativity manifests itself in the context of early years practice. In doing so, they will be facilitated to analyse and interpret young children’s creativity as expressed across a range of representational forms and areas of learning, and involving both child-initiated and practitioner-led activities.

    The module seeks to enable students to reflect on their practice and role in enhancing possibilities for children’s creative expression. What is more, students will be involved in sharing and critiquing knowledge and experiences in creative ways, via online learning environments. Through such activities, the pedagogical implications of different approaches to creativity will be further examined. The key question posed will concern how different curricula and pedagogies frame and regulate creativity, either by providing enabling environments, resources and relationships that facilitate creativity or by constraining possibilities for enactment.

    Students undertaking this module will need to be currently employed or have access to placements within the birth to seven years age range.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module explores the principles behind and perceptions of issues of equality and inclusion in early childhood. Political, historical, legislative, UK and international contexts are explored to encourage students to question and consider models of effective inclusive practice and the importance of challenging inequalities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module focuses on aspects of young children's development in the first three years of life, with a specific focus on personal, social and emotional development and the implications of this for other areas of develoment and learning in early and later childhood. The module will consider a range of theoretical perspectives and the implications of these for early years provision and practice. In order to ensure an informed understanding of and response to provision for children from birth to three, students who are not based in settings covering this age range, will be expected to undertake the minimum of a one day observational visit to a relevant provision. Students undertaking this module require experience of working with children within the birth to seven age range and be currently employed or have access to placement within this sector.

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Year one modules include:

  • Distinct Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Year two modules include:

  • Foundations of being
  • Equality and Inclusion in Early Childhood

Year three modules include:

  • Research Methods and the Dissertation

Distinct Approaches in Early Childhood Education and Care

This module explores a range of distinctive approaches in early childhood education and care. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical roots of these different approaches and consider the impact they have had or might have on their own provision.

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

This module aims to examine contemporary issues in early childhood using a range of theoretical lenses and will consider the implications these issues have for early years policy and practice. It will also look at how global, economic, cultural and political contexts contribute to issues becoming ‘concerns’.

A range of perspectives on early childhood such as feminism, post-modernism, human capital theory, neuroscience, psychology and psychoanalytical thinking, will be explored to encourage you to critically engage in contemporary issues which directly impact on work within the early childhood workforce.

Foundations of Being

This module focuses on aspects of young children's development in the first three years of life, with a specific focus on personal, social and emotional development and the implications of this for other areas of development and learning in early and later childhood. The module will consider a range of theoretical perspectives and the implications of these for early years provision and practice.

Equality and Inclusion in Early Childhood

This module explores the principles behind and perceptions of issues of equality and inclusion in early childhood. Political, historical, legislative, UK and international contexts are explored to encourage students to question and consider models of effective inclusive practice and the importance of challenging inequalities.

Research Methods and the Dissertation

This module explores key concepts in research and supports you in undertaking a small-scale independent piece of research relevant to your professional discipline.

"I have really enjoyed this course of Early Childhood Studies. It has opened up new ideas and enabled me to approach things differently in the workplace. The diversity of lectures is good as they all don't have the same outlook on things."
Graduate

Career opportunities and potential continuing professional development include advisers to local and national government, further and higher education tutors, leadership roles within early childhood and doctoral research. Graduates have gone on to roles as early years educators at nurseries and play therapists at children's hospitals.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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