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PG Cert/PGDip/MA Early Childhood Education

PG Cert/PGDip/MA Early Childhood Education

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning

Course type


Course Summary

This MA will give you the opportunity to develop postgraduate academic skills within the context of your own professional experience and/or personal interests. Supported by a small team of academics from within the Early Childhood Directorate, you will have the opportunity to research and develop specialist areas of expertise within the field. During the programme you will also be encouraged to reflect on the ways this learning supports your professional and career development.

Who is this course for?

The MA Early Childhood Education is designed to appeal to a wide range of graduates (nationally and internationally) from a variety of backgrounds not necessarily early years related but those who wish to expand and deepen their knowledge of young children from birth to eight years.

Learning and Teaching

You will study using a variety of strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning and teaching. All learning will be supported using the University Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) as well as other digital media. You will be encouraged to work closely with your peer group, to provide support for you outside the teaching and learning sessions. Individual tutorials are offered to students in all modules and individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation.

What can I do next?

The MA Early Childhood Education opens a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates from the programme have been successful in pursuing careers in a variety of contexts with roles including Lecturer in Early Years, Nursery Manager, Children’s Centre Manager, and Creative Early Years Specialist. Some of our students have progressed on to taught doctoral programmes or undertaken PhDs based on their research interests whilst others have gone on to set up their own businesses. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will help you develop key postgraduate academic skills with a particular focus on critical reading, writing and reflexivity. By engaging with a variety of sources including writing and multimedia, you will develop critical perspectives about the nature of early childhood education. You will be encouraged to explore your role as an adult learner and to reflect on your academic developments and/or your practice. You will explore how postgraduate research, personal learning and practice interact.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) and two supporting academic/professional references. It is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more

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