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What will I learn?

The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

About this degree

This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Fieldwork

This is an academic masters and does not have a placement component. International students are offered the opportunity to visit to an English early years setting to familiarise themselves with the English context. This is organised at induction.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Students attend lectures and seminars of approximately 30 hours per taught module but are also expected to undertake weekly independent study, reading and structured activities linked to the taught sessions including online engagement through a virtual learning environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Participants in this programme have the opportunity to develop their understanding and knowledge of early years education by working with experienced early years educators and researchers. The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project. The programme also has strong links to the innovative Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11).

The programme provides the opportunity to broaden and deepen understanding of early childhood education, combining theory and practice, policy and current debates internationally to critically address key issues in early years education across a range of contexts. Students will be exposed to rich content in thought-provoking lectures, supported by seminar activities enabling discussion and critical reflections within an international community.

Careers

Graduates of this programme work in a broad range of careers, both nationally and internationally. A number have taken up work as advisers to local and national government and as researchers on early childhood programmes. Graduates can also be found working in nurseries, early years settings, primary schools, as leaders and managers and as researchers, lecturers and teacher educators in higher education and in educational services outside schools such as museums, publishing or children's support services.

Employability

By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Which department am I in?

Learning and Leadership

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,000.00 (US$ 26,006) per year
Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

Start date

September 2022

Venue

London, Bloomsbury

Gower Street,

London,

WC1E 6BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold Medical / Dental / Pharmacy degree; Doctorate/PhD (All degrees must be awarded by an institution accredited by a recognised regional accreditation body) will also be considered for graduate entry.

For international students

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Appropriate experience of working with young children is desirable. IELTS: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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