Early Childhood Education (18 months, Master of Arts)

Description

The Master of Arts program in ‘Early Childhood Education’ provides candidates with an in depth specialization in the field of education of 3 to 8 year olds and helps shape their professional expertise. Masters students are equipped to assess education theories and recent research, to engage in their own research and attain the capacity to seek a doctoral qualification. They will be given the opportunity to become involved and to take a critical stand in the latest discussions of the trends and practices in the field at a local and international level. 

Employment Opportunities

Kindergarten teaching and management, Childcare in the public and private domains, policy formulation and further research. 

Program Outline





Degree Requirements Credits ECTS
Core Courses 3 10
Core Concentration Courses: Early Childhood Education 15 40
Major Concentration Electives: Early Childhood Education 6 20
Master Thesis 6 20
Total Requirements 30 90


Core Courses 3 Credits 10 ECTS
Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EDG656 Educational research methodology 3 10


Core Concentration Courses: Early Childhood Education 15 Credits 40 ECTS
Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EDE654 Learning in Early Childhood Education 4 10
EDE655 Playing: Educational Dimensions for Small Children 4 10
EDE656 Educational Research Methodologies in Early Childhood Education 4 10
EDE657 Differentiation Practices in Early Childhood Education 3 10


Major Concentration Electives: Early Childhood Education 6 Credits 20 ECTS

Selection of two (2) courses:

Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EDE658 Literacy Practices in Early Childhood Education 3 10
EDE659 Art Styles, Expression and Creativity for Small Children 3 10
N/A Elective course from the available Elective courses from another relevant master program (distance)* 3 10


Master Thesis 6 Credits 20 ECTS

Master Thesis or Selection of two courses, as below:

Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EDΕ695 Master Thesis 6 20
Research Courses 6 20

Selection of one (1) Research course

Code Course Title Credits ECTS
EDG683 Quantitative Research Methods for Education Sciences or 3 10
EDG684 Qualitative Research Methods for Education Sciences 3 10
N/A Elective course from the available Elective courses from another relevant master program (distance)* 3 10



For the successful completion of the master program and the awarding of the postgraduate title is expected from the student that s/he will complete the program’s requirements as shown above (total 30 credits, 90 ECTS) and have an average (G.P.A) 2.5. or more according to the University regulations.

 

*Overall only one (1) course such as this may be selected by the student throughout the completion of the program requirements.

Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives

The course provides the educators with the potential of a profound understanding and specialisation in the field of Early Childhood Education, by creating the appropriate circumstances that enable the teachers to redefine their professional identity or/and have the potential to continue their studies on a doctoral level.

Specific Objectives

The course aims to:

  • the comprehensive and specialized understanding of theories and the profound study of research related to the field of Early Childhood education
  • research engagement based on current developments and trends
  • urge the students to take a critical stand and contribute to discussions and practices on a local and international level
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students are expected to:

  • evaluate and redefine in a dialectical and reflective way their professional and research identity and the content of Early Childhood Education on a local and international level through (a) the continuous expansion of their knowledge about issues concerning the early childhood education on a theoretical, philosophical, and practical level (b) a deep understanding of the young child
  • design , complete and present small or large scale educational research which mostly focuses on qualitative methodological approaches
  • manage the everyday practice as educators researchers in the context of a continuous process of professional development
    • get informed and receive further training concerning the general, specified and specialised issues of pedagogical and methodological approaches within the field of early childhood education through a wide range of sources.
    • collect and analyse data based on their practice
  • identify issues/problems and apply/implement action plans for solving these issues and improving their practice
  • manage their practice in a reflective way
  • be scientifically qualified in issues concerning design, conducting and critical readings of educational research
    • evaluate research results which are available at school or in other educational contexts by critically reading these results
    • engage in designing and conducting research on a classroom level, school level and/or in a wider context aiming to answer specific research questions
  • be familiarised with the contemporary trends in discussing fundamental issues of the pedagogical science in general and the different education sciences in particular, through the prism of different fields such as sociology, anthropology, history and comparative education.
    • realise and evaluate the impact that issues emerging from the social dimensions of education has on their everyday practice
  • interpret knowledge through the historical, social and cultural contexts in which is produced for generating critical interpretations and perceptions regarding education within and out of school.
  • construct knowledge, attitudes and skills that are based on a deep understanding of theories of learning and current issues related to the different cognitive subjects and areas of the Early Ages Curriculum but also to their overall professional competency in a variety/range of educational contexts/frameworks.
    • develop comprehensive/completed plans of educational activities based on the different models, styles and ways of organising learning in early childhood education
    • differentiate their approaches and their teaching material in a way that meets the needs of mixed ability classrooms
    • design and implement educational activities by being aware of the current epistemological and methodological issues that are related to each of them.
    • develop, implement and evaluate programs within different areas of the Curriculum with a research perspective
    • contribute to the wider educational life of the context where they are employed in a way that enables the communication among school – society and offers authentic experiences to the children.

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