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Application deadline 11th February 2022
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The PGCE in Early Years Teaching is ideal for people living outside of the UK who already work, or have the desire to work, with and teach 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 Teacher Education course is for you.
This early years teaching degree is aimed at professionals/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 unique and distinctive in that it offers a highly flexible mode of learning with course delivery and assessment entirely via distance using our university VLE (virtual learning environment), without ever having to come to the UK.
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 PAT (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 early years teaching degree has four modules of applied theory (60 credits at undergraduate level and 60 credits at Masters 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 practices 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.
There are two blocks in this module. The first requires you to teach 11 hours per week for six weeks. The second requires you to teach 14 hours per week for six weeks. The block 'windows' are both longer than six weeks to account for regional variations with regards to holidays and school terms and to also allow you to start teaching at the start of a school unit or scheme of work if they don't align favourably with the start of each window. The evidence folders that you will see highlighted in the module are folders of evidence that you have collected (lesson plans, lesson observations, resources created, examples of pupil work, etc) that we judge against set teaching standards. This is how we assess your practical teaching.
This is the first academic module with two assessments focusing on the role of observing, assessing and reporting of young children’s learning and literacy development. The first assessment is based on a narrative observation (from your TE1) with a focus on phonological development and an evaluation of this drawing upon academic reading and child development theory. The literacy progress of this child is tracked for the duration of the practicum module. These observations will form the basis of the second submission which will demonstrate your communication skills, alongside your knowledge and understanding of the importance of parental collaboration linked to the quality planning cycle to assist children’s development.
This is the first of two Master’s level academic modules. In this module, you will critically consider factors that might influence perceptions and definitions of a curriculum. The impact of culture and society on the curriculum will be explored and relevant literature drawn upon to evaluate the way in which competing demands of different social worlds can influence content and processes. The nature of quality will also be explored. There are two elements to this assignment – the first is an evaluation of the curriculum you currently implement and the second is a critical consideration of key themes within the curriculum and the impact on educational experiences.
This is an academic module, at Master’s level, where you conduct action research in your setting. You are asked to identify, implement and evaluate a project to develop effective communication, partnership and practice with parents and setting staff that supports the well-being and development of the child. In line with the cyclical nature of action research, you will try out some new techniques, make on-going amendments to your techniques and practice, collect data on it all, and then write it all up in a final report. You will need to submit a research proposal for this too, to tell us what you are going to do before you begin.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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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 email@example.com for further advice.
We usually require applicants to hold an honours degree or equivalent.
You must be able to undertake teaching practice as part of this course. This can be a setting where you already work or another Early Years setting.
Before applying, please note:
Along with your application form you must upload the following documents:
2. A copy of your degree certificate.
3. If English is not 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 will be unable to offer you a place on the course.
The annual fee is £7,455.
A £1,000 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.
This 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.
This course leads to a PGCE in Early Years Teaching that is accredited by the University of Sunderland.
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-with their existing workplace settings. Successful graduates from this course have used their Masters level credits to gain entry to and accelerate their progress on Masters degrees both at the University of Sunderland and other international universities.
“After graduating when I have been to job interviews they have always been impressed by how much I have done and learned on teaching practices.”
“The emphasis on leadership within this course really has given me confidence and the edge and competitive job market – this programme is held in high regard in the country in which I live and work.”
“I have had a lot of positive feedback from my masters degree course tutors here in Canada about the knowledge and expertise from the Sunderland PGCE Early Years Teaching programme that I can share with other students.”
“I believe that having two teaching practices is the edge that University of Sunderland has compared to other online PGCE courses, as other universities focus mainly on theories and students are less able to put learnt theories into practice. This was noted by my co-workers here in school, too.”
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