Taught course

Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Teesside University · School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law

Entry requirements

Applicants should: normally have a 2.2 honours degree; have appropriate professional status, for example Qualified Teaching Status; have significant experience as a practitioner in Early Years settings. All applicants will be interviewed. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check is required for this programme if you have contact with children or other potentially vulnerable groups and do not already have a relevant satisfactory check. For UK applicants this will be established at interview. All international/EU applicants will be required to provide a certificate of good conduct before a place can be confirmed.

Months of entry


Course content

You follow this specialist route if you are a practitioner working or intending to work in the early years sector. You draw on your own personal and professional experience, practice and interests to explore an area of early childhood studies that is particularly relevant to you and your career development. If you have previously studied this area at undergraduate level, you can build on the knowledge you have already gained.

The core modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. There is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

You share experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice. You study with students from other programmes who are from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds – this sharing gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. You can develop a sense of belonging to the programme while being able to discuss and explore your own area of interest.

Peer-led discussion on research and practice issues raised in sessions provides the opportunity for interprofessional discussion and debate, and the opportunity to consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups which supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. You share taught sessions with the Education Doctorate, enhancing the range and type of discussions held within sessions as well as encouraging you to consider your progression after the programme.

Staff have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support for your cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how we support your transition to studying at level 7. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study; to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, critical thinking and critical writing; and in the key IT skills such as literature searching. The assessment allows you to reflect on your own practice and context, and produce assessed work that benefits your working context. Student feedback on the programme has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTs 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Fees and funding

For further information please visit our website, www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment120
Dissertation60 (18000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions, Social Sciences, Business and Law
01642 384491
00 44 (0)1642 342399