Taught course

Early Years

Institution
University of Aberdeen · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCertPGDipMEd

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

online
12 months
distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months

PGDip

distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months
online
24 months

MEd

part time
36 months
distance learning
36 months
online
36 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Education
Email
study@abdn.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1224 274776