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MA-PgDip-PgCert Early Childhood Studies - Distance

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  • Objectives
    A primary aim of the course is to provide a collaborative learning context, within which early years practitioners and managers can reflect on and develop their professional practice. You will have opportunity to make an in-depth examination of current debates relating to policy and practice in early years care and education.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements The normal entry requirement is a degree or a certificate in education and some relevant professional experience. Exceptions can be made for non-graduates who can demonstrate relevant professional experience.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgDip/PgCert Early Childhood Studies
  • Course description
    This course is about national and international policy and practice for educating and caring for children from birth to six years old.

    An introductory module introduces a range of approaches to the observation of young children as learners and explores underpinning models of learning.

    A second module focuses on children playing and learning across a range of early years settings and includes a critical examination of current curriculum models.

    The course emphasises young children as learners in families, communities and early years settings. It considers research into the development of children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive knowledge, understanding and skills. It also includes consideration of the key area of dispositions for learning.

    Associated careers

    This course is suitable for people who want to begin or enhance a career in areas related to education and to the play and learning of young children.

    Course content

    Modules include • the early years curriculum • partnerships in the early years: working with families, agencies and other providers • developing the use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning • curriculum innovation • development of literacy • development of numeracy • work-based learning • exploring the leadership experience • leading across professional boundaries

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