MA Early Childhood Studies

How do communities influence children’s lived experiences ? Is creative play beneficial to children’s learning and development? Does policy relating to children need to change?

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Overview

Explore the social and cultural context of children’s lives across the world. Understand how communities influence the way children operate through their interactions with others. Evaluate the education, health and welfare services that support children. Develop your knowledge of ways to promote social justice and inclusion.

On our part-time masters course you’ll study the complex factors that affect children's lives and explore ways to positively influence their futures.

It’s designed for people working or volunteering with children and their families, across the education, health or social care sectors. Perhaps you’re in the police force and work with children or you’re a childminder in the private sector, or a volunteer with a community organisation.  

Through this course, you’ll examine your own ideas about children’s participation, agency and voice, critique your role in practice and investigate current research and theories. 

You’ll reflect on issues you’ve experienced in practice with your fellow students. For example, discussing challenges you face in regards to policy implementation, play, and family engagement, or how you explain the value of outdoor learning to staff in your team.

Your final assessment is typically a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You’ll usually conduct a small research project, which involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research.

Past topics have included power relationships between adults and children, exploring the importance of play in education and the ‘schoolification’ of childhood.  

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

With practice and self-reflection as core parts of this course, we’ll help you to develop the confidence and academic knowledge to support positive change for young children.

We encourage you to apply your new thinking to practice and carry these creative, innovative approaches forward. This helps you to develop your skills as a systematic, evidence-driven practitioner.

Previous graduates have gone on to PhD or EdD study, secured jobs within Higher Education, and have used this course to help further their careers across the education, health and social care sectors.

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Entry requirements

Manchester Met standard entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply:

http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/entry-requirements/

You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area)

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

For Further Information

Tutor Contact: Dr Patricia Giardiello P.Giardiello@mmu.ac.uk

 

 

 

Course details

Through MA Early Childhood Studies, you’ll look at key issues related to young children in the context you work or volunteer in.

Using your practice as a focal point, you’ll explore alternative ways of thinking and reflect on your ideas of early childhood.

Some of the topics you’ll consider include the different approaches to children’s learning and development, global curriculums, and the impact of government policies.

Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues  

This unit enables a critical exploration of theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other, for practice. There is an emphasis on participants exploring the contexts in which they work and locating themselves within these contexts.  Workshops, discussions and wider academic reading provide conceptual and theoretical lenses through which to reflect on practice and to develop, and critically evaluate, relevant skills and approaches.   Typical content might include: current practice in coaching and mentoring and policy developments at local and national level; coaching and mentoring frameworks and skills; coaching and mentoring relationships and diversity; critical evaluation of theoretical models and approaches in practice; progression in coaching and mentoring and impact on practitioners and organisations.  However, content will also be shaped by participants’ own interests, practice and contexts. 

Specialist Supported Project

This unit supports students to undertake an project that has particular relevance to their professional practice in relation to early childhood.  Students identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases enable students to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry/investigation approaches and underpinning inter/disciplinary footprint.

Shaping the Future

This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice, to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge (of thinking/practice) to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations. 

Research and Practice

The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project. 

Dissertation

This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the students’ experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

Our School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies specialises in teaching and research around education disciplines focused on children, young people, families and communities.

The department works collaboratively with communities, partners, local authorities and arts organisations on social enterprise projects, and has been at the forefront of developments in its field for over 20 years.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

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