Early Years Education (with Early Years Teacher Status) MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Do you want to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors? Achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in just one year with this Masters-level course.

Early Years learning primarily focuses on the following ideas:

  • what constitutes ‘quality’ in Early Years education?
  • equity, inclusion and justice for the pre-school child and the wider family
  • ideas of communication, imagination, language and literacy, and provision for the bi/trilingual child
  • understandings of early mathematical and scientific development
  • discourses of nurture, care and attachment.

Why choose this course?

  • As this course is currently funded by the UK Government’s body responsible for Early Years Initial Teacher Education, there is no fee to pay for UK/EU students.
  • This course offers you the rare – if not unique – opportunity to earn Early Years Teacher Status and an MA in just one year.
  • Choose the Graduate route or the Employment route depending on your employment status at the beginning of the course. On both routes, you will be placed, or continue to work, in an Early Years setting throughout your period of study.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 3.5/5.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

If you are a graduate:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you’ll also be considered if you have considerable experience in Early Years education.

If you are currently working as a trainee teacher:

  • your qualification can be in any subject
  • you must be currently working in a UK school in an Early Years or Foundation class setting.

You must have achieved a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a science subject.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Disclosure and Barring Service checkYes
Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)Yes
Health checkYes
InterviewsYes
Personal statementYes
Professional skills test in numeracy and literacy

You must pass the UK Department for Education professional skills test in numeracy and literacy. Tests can only be taken at test centres in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Find out more about professional skills tests

You must provide evidence of these qualifications at interview.

UK teaching qualification

Please note that this course awards a professional qualification specifically for teaching in the UK.

If you have achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) within the last five years you are eligible to apply for the course. You can’t receive funding from the government, but you will be eligible for exemption from the practice-based course modules, and still be awarded an Early Years Education MA on a self-funding basis. Email MAEYTSadmin@sussex.ac.uk for more information.

 

 

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

Choose from two routes through this course:

  • if you follow the Employment route, you’ll work part or full time in an Early Years setting during your period of study. Your employer receives remuneration to support your studies
  • if you follow the Graduate route, you’ll be placed full time in an Early Years setting and you may be eligible for a bursary.

Over your study period, you spend up to 120 days working in an Early Years setting (this will vary depending on whether you are taking the Employment route or the Graduate route to achieve EYTS).

You’ll have experience of an alternative Early Years setting and a Key Stage 1 placement within the year. On average, you spend one day per week at the University where taught components of the course are delivered.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

Our experts

Prof Kwame Akyeampong

Prof Kwame Akyeampong

Professor Of International Education & Development

Research interests

Educational Assessment, Educational inequalities, Educational policy analysis, Educational Reform, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education Policy, Teaching and Learning

View Kwame Akyeampong's profile

Prof Janet Boddy

Prof Janet Boddy

Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Research interests

child and youth welfare, cross-national methodology, family studies, narrative methods, Research Ethics, social pedagogy, Social work

View Janet Boddy's profile

Dr Barbara Crossouard

Dr Barbara Crossouard

Reader in Education

Research interests

assessment, Citizenship and youth, doctoral education, education in contexts of postcoloniality, gender, higher education, identities, researcher development

View Barbara Crossouard's profile

Dr Naureen Durrani

Dr Naureen Durrani

Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development

Research interests

Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

View Naureen Durrani's profile

Dr Louise Gazeley

Dr Louise Gazeley

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Educational inequalities, Exclusion from school, Fair access and widening participation, Inclusive education, Parental involvement in education, Social class and educational disadvantage, Teacher Education

View Louise Gazeley's profile

Prof Gillian Hampden-Thompson

Prof Gillian Hampden-Thompson

Professor of Education

Research interests

Educational inequalities, Quantitative methods, Secondary Data Analysis, Social rights and social justice, Sociology of Education, Student outcomes, Teaching and Learning

View Gillian Hampden-Thompson's profile

Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Senior Lecturer In Higher Education

Research interests

Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Gender Studies, higher education, Sociology of Education, Widening participation

View Tamsin Hinton-Smith's profile

Prof Brian Hudson

Prof Brian Hudson

Professor of Education

Research interests

Education, ICT in Education, Initial Teacher Education, Joint Action in Didactics, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy

View Brian Hudson's profile

Dr Linda Morrice

Dr Linda Morrice

Senior Lecturer In Education

Research interests

citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities

View Linda Morrice's profile

Dr John Parry

Dr John Parry

Teaching Fellow

Research interests

environmental education, Social inclusion, Sustainable development

View John Parry's profile

Prof John Pryor

Prof John Pryor

Professor of Education & Social Research

Research interests

doctoral education, Education, formative assessment, higher education, International education & development, Learning, pedagogy, professional development, Social rights and social justice

View John Pryor's profile

Prof Yusuf Sayed

Prof Yusuf Sayed

Professor of International Education and Development Policy

Research interests

Education

View Yusuf Sayed's profile

Dr Rebecca Webb

Dr Rebecca Webb

Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education

Research interests

action research, Anthropology and ethnography, Feminist and qualitative research methods, participatory methods

View Rebecca Webb's profile

Dr Jo Westbrook

Dr Jo Westbrook

Senior Lecturer in Education

Research interests

adolescence in literature, Ethnographic Methods, International education & development, pedagogy, qualitative research methods, reading comprehension, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy

View Jo Westbrook's profile

Course enquiries

Julie Bailey
Course Co-ordinator
+44 (0)1273 873870
MAEYTSadmin@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Education and Social Work

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,000 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,000 per year
International students:
£15,200 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

This MA with Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS) offers the opportunity to combine Masters-level study with practical experience of teaching and researching in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice, and develop your skills in:

  • research and analysis
  • presentation and communication
  • critical reflection.

With these skills you’ll have a wide range of educational careers open to you – nationally and internationally.

If you’re a professional in employment, this course gives you excellent opportunities for career development and progression into Early Years leadership in a range of private and state-maintained settings.

If you’re a new graduate, it provides a springboard into Early Years teaching in both the public and private sector. 

As a qualified Early Years Teacher with EYTS, you can teach within private nursery and day-care settings. Free Schools and Academies can employ you to teach Reception children as a full class teacher, while in state-maintained nurseries or Reception classes, you will be qualified to teach with the support of a member of staff with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The terrain of Early Years educational provision is fast changing. This Masters course has been designed to equip you with all the necessary skills and dispositions to lead in this sector. 

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Education were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates are employed as educators all over the world, and recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • advisory teacher, East Sussex County Council
  • teaching, Turbrook Primary School
  • programme manager, United Nations Children fund UNICEF.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Dissertation (Early Years)

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module you design, conduct, evaluate and report on an empirical study (10,000 words), typically conducted in your own professional context.

As part of this module, you synthesise and apply all the learning you have achieved over the entire course, meeting all the key learning outcomes.

This module requires a highly specialist focus on an individual area of Early Years education, showing deep subject-specific and research knowledge, understanding and skills, in addition to professional learning.

You will need to develop a systematic and rigorous approach to the entire research process, working in a highly independent way. You are supported by small-group and individual supervision by a specialist tutor in your research field.

Your studies in this module include:

  • designing an empirical study with appropriate research questions
  • conducting an ethical review
  • conducting the data-collection, data-analysis and evaluation at the required level
  • producing findings and recommendations for practice that could inform other professionals' understanding in this area of education.

Critical Reflection: Professional & Context-bound Learning EYTS

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you select an area either from your recent professional learning (if you have prior experience as a professional), or from your entire educational experience (if you're a recent graduate).

You critically reflect on this area, analysing and evaluating its significance to your learning, in terms of wider conceptual frameworks.

You also identify areas for deepening your understanding on this area through scholarship and empirical inquiry.

You are assessed via submission of a 3,000-word essay.

Educational Theory and Practice: EYTS

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides the foundation for the entire MA, along with the accompanying 15-credit module (Critical Reflection: Professional and Context-bound learning).

These modules begin the process of relating theory to practice, by analysing and evaluating the literature on critical reflection, in addition to gaining knowledge of substantive topics in education, and applying the process of critical reflection to some aspect of your professional life and practice.

In this second module on Critical Reflection, you deepen your theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of a particular area of education identified in first of the two modules, by more extensive reading of the literature.

In doing so, you evaluate its significance to your own professional or context-bound learning. For example, you might choose to deepen understanding of any of a broad range of areas of education, such as theories of:

  • children's learning and motivation (psychological, sociocultural, etc.)
  • supporting students with English as an additional language or special educational needs and disabilities
  • teacher development
  • assessment
  • learner-centred pedagogies
  • curriculum development
  • pedagogy for creativity.

Professional Practice 1 (EYTS)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism, in a setting and classroom context.

This is a current Statutory Requirement for Early Years Teacher Status (Department for Education, 2014). 

You will be working towards the Standards for Early Years Teacher Status in your Professional Practice.

The module may include:

  • an induction week programme, providing an introduction to setting policies and procedures
  • opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase
  • between 4–10 hours dedicated mentor time over the placement, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • a phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across Year 0–5, amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties)
  • 2–10 formal observations over the placement by an approved mentor with written and oral feedback
  • one observation by the University Curriculum Tutor, with written and oral feedback
  • access to school/setting resources, including ICT
  • opportunities to take part in wider setting life, e.g. trips, parents evenings
  • time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.

Research Methods - EYTS

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you will test a research instrument, evaluate the process you used, and learn how to use research literature to support your choice of methodology and analyse your results. Our module gives you first-hand experience of the research methods you’ll need to use throughout your PhD.

You will:

  • develop a practical and intellectual understanding of key research paradigms
  • learn how to use different enquiry methods and processes
  • explore ethical considerations, researcher positioning and other key research concepts.

You are assessed through a poster presentation to other MA students, where you will be expected to answer questions from your assessment tutors.

Professional Practice 2 (EYTS)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism, in a setting and classroom context.

This is a current Statutory Requirement for Early Years Teacher Status (Department for Education, 2014).

You will be working towards the Standards for Early Years Teacher Status in your Professional Practice.

The module may include:

  • opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase
  • between 4–10 hours dedicated mentor time over the placement, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • a phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across Year 0–5 and Key Stage 1 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties)
  • 3–10 formal observations over the placement by an approved mentor with written and oral feedback
  • one or two observations by the University Curriculum Tutor, with written and oral feedback
  • access to school/setting resources, including ICT
  • opportunities to take part in wider setting life, e.g. trips, parents evenings
  • time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.

Reflecting on Professional Knowledge in Early Years

  • 30 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this two-term module, you focus on developing and auditing your professional knowledge and reflecting critically upon how this has emerged from your academic study, your own Early Years classroom experiences and investigations, and your work with other professional practitioners.

Your ability to organise and verbally articulate the evidence you need to demonstrate Early Years Teaching Standards (EYTS) is central to this process - as is understanding how scholarship and research has informed your development and identifying on-going targets for professional development. 

In this module, you prepare a portfolio, including evidence for meeting the EYTS and reflection on critical incidents or professional challenges you've encountered during the course. 

Key targets of this module are to reflect upon your own understanding and knowledge of the eight Early Years Foundation Standards (EYFS) and identify your strengths and needs.

You focus on gaps in your Early Years knowledge for personal research. A key requirement of this module is to present new curriculum knowledge, and an understanding of the frameworks in which that knowledge is organised and delivered as part of the Early Years curriculum (as designated within the EYFS framework).

In this module, you are also introduced to current developments, initiatives and professional issues in education. You critically reflect upon the intersection between theoretical positions, your own Early Years practice and observations, and the guidance offered by experienced professionals. 

Your professional studies are likely to include:

  • Early Years contexts and behaviour management
  • the role of play
  • child protection
  • diversity in education
  • assessment for learning
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • child development
  • how children learn
  • personal, social and health education
  • the role of parents and carers
  • equal opportunities
  • cross-curricular issues
  • literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • English as an additional language.

As part of this module, you develop your professional knowledge within the context of current Early Years research.

You are assessed for this module through the presentation of your portfolio to two assessors, in the form of a professional dialogue viva.

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