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.

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

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.

All face-to-face sessions are delivered at our base at the St. Thomas Children's Centre in central Birmingham. Face-to-face attendance is required on every pathway; all pathways are supported by online tutorial opportunities and engagement with a virtual learning environment.

This means that people living all over the UK and Ireland are able to access our courses.

For more information about our MA Programme, please contact Helen Lyndon:
t: 0121 464 0025


Our pathway fees range from £1,625 - £1,675, depending on the pathway selected. A minimum deposit of £100 is required to secure your place.

Payment in instalments is available upon request. 

For further information about fees and payment options, please email

*2019/20 MA students will be eligible for a 50% discount on BECERA 2020 tickets*

Please note CREC are currently unable to support students who wish to finance their MA with CREC through student finance.

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

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