Short courses
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

Early Language Development

University Certificate in Professional Development:

The focus of this module is children's early language development, and how this development is supported by staff working in the sector.

Course information

Part-time

  • 8 weeks

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: TBC
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information

The module covers major theories of language development, and explains typical and atypical developmental progress. It considers the factors that affect children's developmental progress and explores positive interaction strategies to support children's developing language.

The module is assessed through a 3,000-word report responding to a case study. You are required to identify and describe the ways in which the adult interacts with the child/children, supported by evidence of an understanding of how children acquire language, positive interaction strategies that promote language development and an assessment of the child's language development.

The subjects covered in the module will include:

  • Language development theories
  • Language development progress
  • Factors that affect children's language development
  • Interaction strategies to support children's language development
  • Using assessment of development and children's interests as starting points for engagement
  • Ethical considerations when working with young children

How you learn

The module is taught through a mixture of taught sessions, workshops and self-directed study. The taught sessions will be overviews of major theories and good practice frameworks. Workshops will be practical sessions to support your evaluation of your own interactive skills. Self-directed study will involve directed reading to support your understanding of the topics covered in the taught sessions.

Formative assessment is embedded in sessions through exploration of links between underpinning knowledge and professional practice. Workshops provide the opportunity for you to work in groups on DVD examples of children's talk to identify relevant underpinning theory, developmental progress and strategies in practice.

Career opportunities

This module is for students working in an education setting with children up to 8 years old and will enhance professional performance and provide continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are that you will have a NVQ 3 in an appropriate education subject or equivalent relevant professional experience working with children up to 8 years old.

In addition to the above, you will need to have the support from your workplace manager.

Course information

Part-time

  • 8 weeks

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: TBC
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information