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Course summary

This award is gained through taking an early childhood education focus for 50% of the study, including the Dissertation. The programme is flexible to enable students to demonstrate an early childhood education focus in any of the 30 credit modules of interest which are studied, although study might include the Child Development: Foundations for Life module. Students must have an early childhood education focus for the final dissertation. In order to gain this award, students need to submit the Early Childhood Education evidence log to demonstrate the 50% focus. The MA Early Childhood Education is offered as part of a suite of awards available through the MA Education Framework.


Core modules: Exploring approaches to research; early childhood education dissertation. Optional modules: Developing subject and professional knowledge; creativity: you and your practice; early childhood: foundations for life; equality, diversity and inclusion; leadership and management; education, social justice and social change; inclusive perspectives on special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Assessment method

An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent for 30 credit modules. A final 60 credit module over a year with a 12,000 word assignment.

Entry requirements

You would need to have an honours degree (2:2 or higher) or equivalent qualifications and/or experience. Overseas awards need to be recognised as equivalent by NARIC. English language Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or equivalent. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to overall IELTS score 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in each band. Previous Masters level study is considered for accreditation through the APCL process. Non-certificated Masters level study might be accredited through the APEL process. This must be completed prior to beginning study on the programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for Postgraduate Study 2023/24:
Early Childhood Education at University of Hertfordshire - UCAS