Postgraduate study
Education, Early Childhood & Youth

MA Education (Early Childhood Studies)

You follow this specialist route if you are a practitioner working or intending to work in the early years sector. You draw on your own personal and professional experience, practice and interests to explore an area of early childhood studies that is particularly relevant to you and your career development. If you have previously studied this area at undergraduate level, you can build on the knowledge you have already gained.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Middlesbrough campus: Tuesday evenings
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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    Education, Early Childhood & Youth facilities

    The facilities available to Education, Early Childhood and Youth students at Teesside University are ideal preparation for a career in education. Students have access to many of the kind of resources that you would expect to find in an educational setting.

 

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Both routes have taught sessions which are scheduled to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation.

The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You study two modules; Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. You choose your topics which should be around current debates and issues in early childhood studies.

This MA has a full-time and a part-time route. Whichever route you choose you will study the same modules which are all scheduled on a Tuesday evening to enable working professionals to attend. You study 180 level 7 credits made up of four modules plus a final dissertation. The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.
You study two modules; Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation. You choose your topics which should be around current debates and issues in early childhood studies.

Course structure

Core modules

Combining Professional and Academic Practice

You study with other students from a range of educational backgrounds and can consolidate your professional development and academic knowledge. You focus on an educational issue that’s relevant to you, negotiated with your tutor. You apply learning from contemporary academic theory and research, reflecting on how the issue may enhance practice. This module is suitable for practitioners and non-practitioners. Assessment is a 4,500-word critical commentary supported by a portfolio of evidence focused on an aspect of professional educational activity - this is 100% of your final mark.

Contextualising Education

You explore contemporary education debates and examine the wider context of current education provision, and how this impacts on practice. You consider the relationship between ideas and processes in education, both nationally and internationally. Formative feedback is facilitated through tutor and student-led discussions in seminars and workshops. Assessment is a 4,500-word assignment, where you critically discuss the wider context of an educational artefact, document or image you have selected. This is 100% of your final mark.

Dissertation

You work closely with an allocated supervisor to conduct research into an area appropriate to your course route. Your supervisor is matched to you based on the topic area of your dissertation. You review relevant literature, select appropriate research methodology and methods, collect and analyse data and produce a 18,000-word dissertation.

Educational Research: Practice and Planning

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills you require to undertake systematic primary research in the field of education as part of your Advanced Independent Study module.

It explores and questions the uses and applications of research methodologies, data collection methods, data analysis methods and issues of ‘good practice’ including reliability, validity and ethics.

There will be 32 hours of tutor support available through workshops, project supervision etc. but the module will emphasise your autonomy in determining, in a reflexive manner, appropriate decision making and independent learning.

Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

You develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake a literature search and plan a literature review, in preparation for your dissertation. You discuss the importance of literature reviews in the research process, in your chosen area of knowledge or professional practice. The formative assessment is a literature search which you carry out individually and discuss in seminars. The summative assessment is a 4,500-word essay, where you compare and contrast two approaches to literature review, and reflect on, and critique, your chosen literature-search strategy. This is100% of your final mark.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You share experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice. You study with students from other programmes who are from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds – this sharing gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. You can develop a sense of belonging to the programme while being able to discuss and explore your own area of interest.
Peer-led discussion on research and practice issues raised in sessions provides the opportunity for interprofessional discussion and debate, and the opportunity to consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups which supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. You share taught sessions with the Education Doctorate, enhancing the range and type of discussions held within sessions as well as encouraging you to consider your progression after the programme.

How you are assessed

Staff have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support for your cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how we support your transition to studying at level 7. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study; to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, critical thinking and critical writing; and in the key IT skills such as literature searching. The assessment allows you to reflect on your own practice and context, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. Student feedback on the programme has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least a 2.2) and must have significant experience as a practitioner in early years settings.

In exceptional cases applicants who are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study may be considered for the programme, and may be asked to attend an informal interview to assess their suitability. A written record of the informal interview will be kept in order to provide evidence of particular recommendations.

All international/EU applicants will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct before a place can be confirmed.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Middlesbrough campus: Tuesday evenings
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information