Taught course

Early Years Pedagogue

University of Strathclyde · School of Education

Entry requirements

The Early Years Pedagogue is a specialist postgraduate route for General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers and SSSC registered educators with a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Practice. Equivalent qualifications, professional registration and experience will be considered for applicants.

Applicants should hold a post with an appropriate age group (3-8), or have sufficient guaranteed access to such a position in order to fulfil the assessment requirements of each module.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEd
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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