Programme Details

This is available as a distance learning online programme

PG Certificate 600 hours of part-time study


The programme aims to provide a response to the continuing professional development needs of fully qualified educationalists who wish to advance their skills and knowledge, enhance their professional practice, and extend their capacity to lead and shape change in a range of educational settings (0 – 8) through part-time study by e-learning.

The distinctive feature of the programme is its strong focus on Early Years Education through transformative professionalism – an enhanced and extended professionalism which has at its core the need for practitioners to take evidence-based action to generate professional knowledge and move practice forward. This form of professionalism, in contrast with older formulations, is characterised not by self interest and external regulation, but rather by the motivation to contribute to the collaborative development of practice and make informed contributions to professional debate.

The aims of the programme are to enhance and extend the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants in the following ways:

  1. developing advanced knowledge and understanding of educational issues and theories in Early Years Education (0 – 8)
  2. developing the capacity to analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and ambiguous situations relating to Early Years Education 
  3. making an informed contribution to current educational debates and discussions concerning Early Years Education 
  4. applying advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches to enhance personal professional practice in a variety of Early Years settings 
  5. developing the capacity to shape and lead change in a variety of policy and practice settings 
  6. exploiting opportunities to use research to generate professional knowledge and enhance policy and practice.

Contact Information

School of Education


The Postgraduate Certificate (Masters) in Early Years Education comprises 60 credits at SCQF Level 11. This is made up of two 30 credit courses.


Formative assessment is a feature of all courses. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from the work. Assignments focus directly on workplace applications.

Applicants will be graduates who have achieved the Standard for full Registration with The General Teaching Council for Scotland, or equivalent. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).  For more information see  



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