MA in education (early years) pathways

CREC offers a flexible way to gain a Postgraduate Masters Degree in Education .

All of our pathways are designed specifically for those working with children aged birth to eight years and their families; early years practitioners, leaders, primary teachers, family support workers and so on. As such, all pathways are offered  part-time which can be fitted around a busy, full-time working life .

MA Frequently Asked Questions

The part-time MA Education (Early Years) requires three years of study ; each year consists of a total of 60 postgraduate (PG) credits.

All Year 1 and Year 2 pathways consist of one 20 credit (3000 words) and one 40 credit (6000 words) assignment.

The final year for all students requires the completion of a 15,000-word dissertation, in which students undertake a closely supervised research project.

Current Pathways  (Please click on the images for more information about each pathway)

Leading Learning with Two-year-olds

      Physical Activity in Early

Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood

Early Years Music

      Leading the use of Digital 

Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Year 1

Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Year 2

      Mentoring and Coaching

Children's Rights in Early Childhood

Leadership in the Early Years


      Research Methods



Course Overview

Each pathway takes one academic year to complete and you would need to complete three pathways (four assignments plus dissertation) in order to be awarded an MA in Education (Early Years).

Each pathway can be taken in isolation but we encourage students to see them as complementary components within the full MA course.

Our pathways are based on the development of a community of practice (Wenger, 2002) and we value the social aspects of learning. All pathways include face-to-face days in Birmingham, England. Please note however that due to the impact of the virus pandemic, we are preparing contingencies to run our pathways through a combination of face-to-face taught days at our centre in Birmingham, virtual teaching and distance learning.
Latest news: As levels of infection start to rise and national restrictions on meeting of groups have been imposed, we have made the decision that, until the new year (January 2021), all of the taught days on our MA pathways will be held online face-to face rather than physically face-to-face. Read the full update .

For more information about our MA Programme, please visit our MA Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you need more details or would like to discuss anything, please contact us.

All of our MA in Early Years Education pathways are run in conjunction with, and accredited by, Birmingham City University:

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