University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Early Childhood Education

This course blends distance learning with face-to-face teaching. It�s open to early childhood professionals anywhere in the world, including early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, and inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood. Wherever you are in the world, you�ll develop the skills you need to carry out high-quality educational research relevant to your own culture. Those skills include a clearer understanding of the policies, practice and theories that underpin your work. You�ll discuss international approaches and educational change with leading experts.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree and two years� experience of working full-time with or for young children. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree, you can register for the diploma and transfer to a masters course when you�ve completed enough coursework. English language requirements- Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: early childhood education: history and policy; development learning and curriculum; contemporary issues in early childhood education; research methods in early childhood education; dissertation (early childhood education).

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed through a 6,000- word assignment. A final 15�20,000-word dissertation represents one-third of the MA (60 credits out of 180). On completion, you�ll have the opportunity to apply for doctoral study on our Early Childhood Education EdD.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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