This course provides the opportunity for those who already hold a professional qualification in Postqualifying Childcare Practice or equivalent to top up their qualification to Masters level.
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Up to two years
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About the MA Professional Practice in Childcare courseThis course provides the opportunity for you to advance your knowledge and contribution to the development of professional practice, by critically engaging in contemporary research within the profession.The MA Professional Practice provides a route for those who already hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Childcare Practice to acquire the 60 credits at M-level to qualify for a Master's degree.Why choose the MA Professional Practice in Childcare?The course provides an understanding of research methodology, the interpretation of research evidence and the use of evidence in determining best practice.
An ideal opportunity for continuous professional development, updating professional practice inline with current theory, studying at a pace set by you.
Students can disseminate their findings through publication in peer reviewed journals and participation in research conferences.Contact usEmailTelephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
MA Professional Practice in Childcare course contentResearch MethodsResearch Methods training provides students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake critical and ethical research. With an emphasis on practitioner based research, this module acts as a pilot study and prepares students for the following module, either the Dissertation or the Service Development Evaluation Plan.DissertationBuilding on the pilot study undertaken above, students can choose to undertake a dissertation focussed on their chosen area of professional practice. All students will be supported in their research by an individual supervisor.Service Development Evaluation PlanAn alternative to the Dissertation is the Service Development Evaluation Plan, this applied project allows students to evaluate and contribute to the development of an area of service delivery, addressing real world concerns in the workplace.Study and supportThe teaching methods will offer a blend of direct contact at study days and independent study supported by electronic resources and a supervisor.The programme will consist of five one day study days, the first three will run over three consecutive weeks and will be related to the first module Research Methods. Students will then have a gap between the next two study days to allow them to complete their assignments. All study days are complemented by e learning.
AssessmentThis is 100% coursework (including methodological reports, dissertations, projects and a business plan).
Graduates will be well placed to progress to a professional doctorate PhD programme to build upon the intellectual curiosity and technical skills that the MA will have fostered. The course provides its graduates with personal transferable skills, such as:
It is anticipated that any research will focus on the student's place of work, providing an ideal opportunity to undertake the research at a distance from the University.
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