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MA Early Childhood Leadership and Practice

MA Early Childhood Leadership and Practice

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Full time | Docklands Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Learning Leadership Youth Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

Early childhood continues to be a rapidly changing field in the local and global context. Enhanced qualifications in this subject will support your career progression and employability whether you work in early childhood settings in the private, voluntary or public sectors in the United Kingdom or internationally. At UEL we recognise that the study of early childhood needs a holistic perspective. Early childhood practice is influenced by social, cultural, economic and political contexts. We have an academic team with experience of early childhood practice, family support, early intervention, child rights services, informal education, policy development, service development and teaching in the early years. Our team has worked in the private, voluntary and public sector in different contexts.

Whichever direction you choose we can guide you, drawing on our national and international experience. Like you we are passionate about early childhood. The structure of the course enables you to follow and develop your own interests in early childhood supported by knowledge of theory and advanced research skills. Our goal is to motivate and inspire you as an early childhood leader and practitioner. The local, national and global perspectives of our course mean that your student group will be diverse. In the past years we have had students on the MA from the United States of America and China.

Your Future Career

This course will support your career progression in the leadership of practice in Early Childhood contexts whether that be a nursery, voluntary organisation or a school. Alternatively you could consider a career in a charity or work as a lecturer in Further Education. Our assignments are linked to early childhood leadership and practice. They will enable you to build an evidence base and portfolio of the application of knowledge in practice. Your Master's in Early Childhood Leadership and Practice will significantly enhance your CV for applications for leadership and management positions in early childhood contexts. Whatever your chosen career progression UEL's Centre for Student Success will provide you with support throughout your studies and beyond.


Mental Wealth: Critical Reflection on Leadership of Practice in Early Childhood - Core
Early Childhood Policy Development and Implementation - Core
Research Methods in Early Childhood Leadership and Practice - Core
Action Research: Leading Change in Early Childhood Leadership and Practice - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum 2.2 Honours in Early Childhood Studies, Social Policy, Health Studies or related subject.

University information

At UEL, 94% of the university’s research is considered to be of international standard (REF 2014). Plus, £250k is awarded each year for postgraduate scholarships, providing a 50% discount on taught postgraduate tuition fees. The university is based across two campuses in the thriving area of East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park on its doorstep while Docklands campus has its own train station. Together, they offer over £450 million of...more