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Develop the skills needed for Early Years leadership roles and enhance your knowledge of theory to develop your practice.
We accept applications from experienced practitioners with non-traditional qualifications
AP(E)L regulations will apply
International students require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
DBS clearance may be required
UCAS code Apply to Marjon
UCAS institution code P63
Duration One year full-time or up to two years part-time
MA Early Years is the perfect course for anyone who has an interest in developing their knowledge and skills for working in early years policy, practice and/or leadership. It considers some of the 'living contradictions' that those working in early years face on a daily basis as they balance the needs of children, families and other stakeholders.
The course is designed for both students who work in the early years sector and those who are new to the sector; it provides a fantastic opportunity to do a substantive early years research project for your dissertation.
Comprising four taught modules and a dissertation, MA Early Years enables you to explore mentoring, leadership, notions of quality and research methods within Early Years. You'll shape your own pedagogy and develop the skills to coach and support others.
The course provides a high quality CPD opportunity for those who are currently working within Early Years or who have previous experience of working in the sector. In addition, it is an in-depth introduction for anyone wanting to begin a career in Early Years, with ambitions to move quickly into leadership roles.
MA Early Years is delivered two days a week for the first 6 weeks, followed by block of teaching on campus in the spring, plus one day a month and online evening tutorials. You then gain practical experience either in your workplace or on campus.
Passionate lecturers who have recent experience working in Early Years and Education
Exceptional teaching and tutorial support enable our students to succeed
Blended learning including taught days at Marjon and online tutorials to provide flexibility of study, enabling you to balance studying with work
Flexible study that balances with your work commitments
Explore quality provision in the Early Years
Readies you for Early Years senior leadership roles
How can mentoring enhance early years practice?
What does quality in early years provision look like?
What does 'school readiness' really mean?
Is play really the best way to support young children's development?
What is the impact of covid-19 on early years practice?
Should we be using standardised assessments with young children?
A Master's degree can enable early years career progression in a highly competitive sector where understanding the latest thinking in early years will set you apart from other candidates. Career opportunities will vary according your fields of work, but our graduates can become leaders in early years settings or choose to set up consultancy and training provision, plugging the gap that exists now local authorities provide less training for early years settings. Holders of a Master's degree can expect to demonstrate highly flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership of learning, coaching and mentoring.
Lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials and one-to-one tutorials.
Includes online blogs, essays, critical analysis and a dissertation.
Course leaderView full profile
Hannah is a former SureStart Children's Centre Manager, Nursery Manager and Early Years Professional, as well as an assessor and mentor. She is particularly interested in early years, play, inclusion and leadership.
Fees UK students: £6,500
Fees for International students: £12,500
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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Associate LecturerView profile
Marie has worked in Early Years and education for the past thirty years, working in various roles from manager to teaching assistant and with individuals who have special education needs. She is interested in policy, Early Years, active listening and children’s rights.
Jayne is an experienced Early Years Teacher and Pre-School Manager with additional insight into primary education, including school governance. She teaches Child Development and Early Years Initial Teacher Training with a focus on Attachment, Transitions and Children's Emotional Development, as well as Leadership in Early Years.
Senior LecturerView profile
Jan was previously a primary head teacher in the South West and she now leads a teaching team at Marjon who together draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver Education courses.