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.
- Learning Mode
- Online Learning
- Degree Qualification
- MEd, PgCert or PgDip
- 12 months, 24 months or 36 months
- Study Mode
- Part Time
- Start Month
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:
- developing advanced knowledge and understanding of educational issues and theories in Early Years Education (0 – 8)
- developing the capacity to analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgements in complex and ambiguous situations relating to Early Years Education
- making an informed contribution to current educational debates and discussions concerning Early Years Education
- 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
- developing the capacity to shape and lead change in a variety of policy and practice settings
- exploiting opportunities to use research to generate professional knowledge and enhance policy and practice.
Available Programmes of Study
Early YearsQualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start MonthMEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time September More
Early YearsQualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start MonthPgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September More
Early YearsQualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start MonthPgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time September More
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.
Additional Fee Information
- Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
- 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.
Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.
How You'll Study
- Individual Projects
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
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
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
Read more about specific English Language requirements here.
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
- 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
- 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
Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.
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 and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.
- More information on employability at the University of Aberdeen
- More information on the Careers and Employability Service
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.
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University of Aberdeen