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Key information

Qualification type

MEd - Master of Education

Subject areas

Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

The Early Years Pedagogue offers teachers and high achieving BA Childhood Practice graduates the opportunity to specialise further in their field and best meet the needs of children in nursery and early primary school.

The course incorporates the need for teachers and practitioners to critically reflect on the adult’s role in developing and understanding young children’s learning journeys and narratives alongside recognising the vital role that the environment has to play in developing health, well-being and achievement.

Its blended approach to learning helps to support professional training and networking across local authorities, alongside practice-based assessments.

The Early Years Pedagogue (replacing the Early Years Teacher Specialism) is recognised by the Scottish Government, and many local authorities, as a qualification that provides the opportunity for the early years workforce to develop/strengthen their specialist knowledge of the early years.

The course develops opportunities for you to view your work in nursery and early primary settings in Scotland, in line with contemporary research and international perspectives of what makes effective early years pedagogy..


The course is assessed through written coursework that draws on academic study and reflection on practical experiences in education.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


36 months

Start date



Currently, the shaping of childhood is strongly influenced by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It has potential tensions between child protection and empowerment or efficacy as exemplified in ?a risk-averse society?. This class asks you to critically analyse the perceptions around childhood including the changing historical perceptions.

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

The Early Years Pedagogue is a specialist postgraduate route for General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers and Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Practice Honours graduates working in the early years 3 to 8. Applicants should hold a post with an appropriate age group, or have sufficient guaranteed access to such a position in order to fulfill the assessment requirements of the class.