Introduction

The programme aims to provide a response to the continuing professional development needs of fully qualified educationalists wishing 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 through part-time study by e-learning.

This programme is studied fully online.

The programme has a 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.
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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September

Study Options

MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

The programme consists of a menu of courses carrying 30 or 60 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5). Participants who successfully complete 60 credit points may leave with a Certificate, those who successfully complete 120 credit points may leave with a Diploma and the MEd will be awarded on successful completion of 180 credit points.

Compulsory Courses

Enhanced Practice in Early Years Education (Own Setting) (ED50P7) - 30 Credit Points

This course will allow students to engage with the theory and practice of working with children in a range of settings, 0-3, 3-5 and 508, but with a particular focus on the role of the teacher in the setting in which they work. Students will explore a number of contemporary educational issues and approaches in Early Years Education. Course content will support the Early Years Framework (2008) through the development of specialist Early Years provision which will help to build the resilience of children, improve the capacity of parents and contribute towards developing supportive communities.

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Wider Perspectives for Enhanced Practice in Early Years Education (ED55P8) - 30 Credit Points

This course will allow students to engage with the theory and practice of the role of the teacher in the setting in which they work, but with a particular focus on the other two settings in age range (0-3, 3-5, 5-8) in which they are not normally employed. This course is designed to follow on from and compliment ED50P7. Course content will support the Early Years Framework (2008) through the development of specialist Early Years provision which will help to build the resilience of children, improve the capacity of parents and contribute towards developing supportive communities.

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Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Language Development from Pre - Birth to 8 (ED50P9) - 30 Credit Points

The course provides students with the opportunity to explore contemporary theories of language development and engage with the role of the practitioner in supporting the development of language and literacy across the age ranges 0-3, 3-5 and 5-8, but with a particular focus on the age range of the setting in which they are employed. The course will further build on core aspects of early years education previously studied in units ED50P7 and ED50P8.

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Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED553Q) - 15 Credit Points

This course is for students undertaking postgraduate study which requires a good standard of critical reading and writing skills.

The essential aim of the course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of what is required to appraise journal and other material, and be able to present a reasoned argument based on evidence. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate the capability to

  • develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with knowledge of major policy issues involved
  • analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments

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Research Methods (ED553R) - 15 Credit Points

The course is focussed on social science research and applications in professional / work contexts. Participants make critical connections between policy, theory, research and practice in the context of investigating their own practice. Course coverage includes research philosophy and methodology, research implementation (design, methods, data collection and ethics), data analysis and interpretation, and reflective evaluation. Participants conduct a small scale research activity to enable exploration and evaluation of the application of research in their own context. The course offers a supportive, formative learning experience in preparation for a larger project.

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Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ) - 60 Credit Points

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

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PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Participants will complete summative assessments for each course, including the work-based project. Summative assessment is marked against agreed course criteria and graded according to the University of Aberdeen Common Grading Scale (CGS). In addition, each course contains elements of formative assessment which serves to support learning and provide evidence of individual achievement.

Why Study Early Years?

  • If you need continued professional development this programme is an ideal method of extending your capacity to change and lead 0-8
  • You learn by part time and e-learning
  • You are able to critically analyse evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex situations

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants will be graduates who have achieved the Standard for full registration with The General Teaching Council for Scotland, or equivalent or graduate of BA Childhood Practice Degrees. 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.

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English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

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Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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Contact Details

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School of Education
University of Aberdeen
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King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 5UA