The PGCE Early Years Teaching (DL) degree is ideal for people living outside of the UK who already work, or have the desire to work, with children aged 0-5.
If you want to develop a specialism or further enhance your professionalism in teaching young children up to the age of five, then this International Initial Teacher Training course is for you.
This PGCE Early Years Teaching course is aimed at professionals and practitioners who will engage in an intensive one year distance learning programme to acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills with regard to working with children and families in the international early years context. Our course is distinctive in that it offers a highly flexible mode of learning, with teaching and assessment delivered entirely via distance learning using our university VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), without ever having to come to the UK.
Studying for the PGCE Early Years Teaching (DL) degree means you can learn from anywhere in the world that has internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources. There will be online discussion forums where you can debate current issues relevant to the module content.
All academic assignments are marked online (with online feedback). Teaching practices are monitored continuously by your Personal Academic Tutor and you will upload documentation and evidence weekly for feedback. Your progress will be assessed with written assignments and observed teaching.
This PGCE Early Years Teaching course has four modules of applied theory (60 credits at undergraduate level and 60 credits at master's level) which are spread out over the academic year. The four modules of applied theory allow you to examine the context of young children’s learning and development. You will also explore how to assess development and learning, how to construct a curriculum, and how to lead Early Years provision.
Additionally, and concurrently, you will undertake two teaching experiences in an early years setting of your choice – either at your own workplace or with an employer who is willing to provide you with a placement and mentor.
Immerse yourself in teaching institutions to develop professional knowledge about teaching and learning, to make judgements about the routines, skills and strategies that support effective teaching. Gain a variety of experience in a work-based learning environment to meet Professional Standards identified in Government legislation, consistently and over a sustained period of time.
Develop an understanding of the role of observing, assessing, and reporting in young children’s learning, with a focus on phonological development. Identify and evaluate different assessment techniques and analyse different ways of reporting children’s progress effectively to parents and professionals.
Evaluate ways in which the curriculum you currently work with relates to theoretical models of an Early Years curriculum and identify strengths and limitations. Critically consider how key themes of the curriculum you work with affect the quality of the educational experiences and holistic development of children. Explore the impact of culture and society on the curriculum and evaluate the way in which competing demands of different social worlds can influence content and processes. Examine how children of all abilities from different backgrounds can access the curriculum on an equal basis.
Undertake a piece of independent academic study related to your professional development in leading change and engage in intellectual challenge and dialogue. Develop both general and specific knowledge and skills, identifying the key skills that will enhance your ability to transfer learning to further study and to the workplace.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
|a bachelor's degree
If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree or equivalent.
You must be able to undertake two teaching experiences as part of this course. This can be a setting where you already work or another Early Years setting.
Along with your application form, you must upload the following documents:
2. A copy of your degree certificate.
3. If English isn't your first language, you need to send proof of IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent. Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading and Speaking and Listening.
Without these documents, we'll be unable to offer you a place on the course.
This course is subject to revalidation to meet the requirements for Initial Teacher Training from 2024.
The annual fee is £7,828.
A £250 deposit must be paid prior to the start of the course. This deposit is refundable up until the point of enrolment.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
The PGCE Early Years Teaching degree is ideal for teachers and other people working with children aged 0-5. It has the potential to qualify you for a range of positions in teaching and learning and educational management, in schools and educational institutions around the world.
The theory and practical elements of the course will help you gain greater satisfaction from your involvement in early years. With up to date knowledge and expertise in child development, early years curriculum and pedagogy you will be in a strong position to make effective applications for jobs as an early years teacher and promoted posts.
Please note that this course does not award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), which you need to teach in any state-maintained school in England or Wales.
From our previous cohorts, successful graduates have moved to enhanced job roles, both within and out of their existing workplace settings. Successful graduates from this course have used their master's level credits to gain entry to and accelerate their progress on master's degrees both at the University of Sunderland and other international universities.