MEd Early Years Pedagogue

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 36 months part-time distance learning

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  • recognised by the Scottish Government
  • blended approach of professional training and networking with practice-based assessments
  • informed by contemporary research and international perspectives
  • suitable for students looking to pursue part-time study in this area
  • ideal for those seeking a qualification while working that will enhance professional practice

 

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Why this course?

The Early Years Pedagogue offers teachers and high achieving BA Childhood Practice graduates the opportunity to specialise further in their field and best meet the needs of children in nursery and early primary school.

The course incorporates the need for teachers and practitioners to critically reflect on the adult’s role in developing and understanding young children’s learning journeys and narratives alongside recognising the vital role that the environment has to play in developing health, well-being and achievement.

Its blended approach to learning helps to support professional training and networking across local authorities, alongside practice-based assessments.

The Early Years Pedagogue (replacing the Early Years Teacher Specialism) is recognised by the Scottish Government, and many local authorities, as a qualification that provides the opportunity for the early years workforce to develop/strengthen their specialist knowledge of the early years.

The course develops opportunities for you to view your work in nursery and early primary settings in Scotland, in line with contemporary research and international perspectives of what makes effective early years pedagogy.

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What you’ll study

Our MEd programmes are part-time over three years. Students are expected to attain 60 credits per year resulting in 180 credits.

You’ll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by an introductory week which will be online.

The course is delivered via the University’s virtual learning environment, Myplace,

Year 1

The first year explores contemporary and historical perspectives in relation to what matters in early education and how these relate to early years practice.

You'll undertake three compulsory classes each worth 20 credits – one class per semester. It will involve participating in weekly online seminars delivered via My Place. The seminars are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working professionals. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Students who decide to complete their studies after one year will graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate.

 

Year 2

The second year looks in depth at how children learn from pre-birth and ways that teachers can use their knowledge of children as learners, the wider life of families and communities to lead pedagogy and work alongside stakeholders to develop learning.

You'll undertake three classes each worth 20 credits – one class per semester. These normally include two optional classes and the compulsory Research Methods & Reasoning class. The compulsory class, delivered online via Myplace in Semester 1, provides the basis for undertaking the Masters-level dissertation.

Students who decide to complete their studies at the end of year two will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 3

You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice worth 60 credits. We'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation. We endeavour to match you with the best fit for your specialist area.

You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning. This provides the flexibility to complete your studies around work commitments.

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Learning & teaching

You'll attend a two-day induction course on campus, followed by a trial week before the first class.

The rest of the course is delivered through via the University’s online learning platform. You’ll have a weekly student-tutor chat session. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively on weekly tasks within a virtual learning environment. The course will have a password-protected site accessible to tutors and students and our web developer only.

For our distance learning delivery the student group will participate in online seminars.

You’ll require:

  • access to a reliable computer with sufficient processing capability
  • an excellent broadband connection
  • the ability to run applications such as Adobe Connect, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, Java and Windows Media Player

Assessment

The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Programme leader

"Early years is full of awe and wonder, no matter what contribution you make to the field. The passion for shaping a better place for young children to live and learn comes through in the daily interactions and conversations I have with students, colleagues and early years educators. I love the fact that the children are truly at the centre of what we do and how think about changes."

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Course content

This course offers teachers and high achieving BACP graduates the chance to specialise further in their field and best meet the needs of children in nursery and early primary school.

The first year explores contemporary and historical perspectives in relation to what matters in early education and how these relate to early years practice.

The second year looks in depth at how children learn from pre-birth and ways that teachers can use their knowledge of children as learners, the wider life of families and communities to lead pedagogy and work alongside stakeholders to develop learning.

Taking Action: Child, Family & Community Efficacy
Currently, the shaping of childhood is strongly influenced by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has potential tensions between child protection and empowerment or efficacy as exemplified in ‘a risk-averse society’. This class asks you to critically analyse the perceptions around childhood including the changing historical perceptions.
Creating Stimulating Learning Environments: Indoors & Out
Children's learning environments need to stimulate and engage them and provide the challenges and opportunities to explore their own learning possibilities. You'll be asked to analyse and reflect on your current practice, the importance of play and the role of adults in supporting a child’s use of play.
Listening to Children & Hearing their Voices

This class will provide opportunities for you to explore and discuss current international examples of practice. This includes Reggio Emilia and Te Whariki and will consider the ways in which children communicate their interests and thinking through gestures, expressions, actions, interactions and play activities.

It will promote your understanding of the importance of listening to children and the concept of children as active agents in their own learning and development.

The Connected Child: Early Child Development

You'll consider ways to promote children's social and emotional well-being and the strategies they must develop to implement evidence based interventions which provide universal and targeted support.

In addition, you'll be required to relate theory to practice and critically evaluate and assess current approaches which address the social context of children’s development.

Leading in a Time of Change
The quality of leadership in childhood and care services determines the quality of care children experience and can significantly affect their development and learning. This class takes into account your needs and different levels of experience. It encourages you to explore the links between the key theories of management and leadership and your own professional development.
Child-Centred & Child-Focused Approaches to Practitioner Research

This class offers you the opportunity to pursue relevant and specific interests through a detailed proposal for a small-scale independent research project, and to work with child-centred and child focused methodologies.

The Early Years practitioner must be able to apply these skills and consider, evaluate and weigh various pieces of data and information to make informed judgement about changes in their practice. It aims to develop your inquiring mind in order to support effective child-centred and child-focused practitioner research.

Dissertation

This class represents the application of the skills and knowledge you've gained throughout your study. You'll carry out and report on a research project in an area relevant to your MEd study up to this point. This class will provide support for the planning, implementation and writing up of a research project in a professionally and academically relevant area.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

The Early Years Pedagogue is a specialist postgraduate route for General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers and Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Practice Honours graduates working in the early years 3 to 8.

Applicants should hold a post with an appropriate age group, or have sufficient guaranteed access to such a position in order to fulfill the assessment requirements of the class.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£2,267

Rest of UK

£2,267

International

£5,100

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Fees for this programme can be paid each year of study and split into instalments.

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Early Years Pedagogue

Qualification: MEd
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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