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Professional Doctorate in EdD in Early Childhood Education

Course Description

Programme Information

The main aim of the programme is to develop high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional and managerial careers.

The programme is designed to enable each student to focus on issues relating to her/ his own professional needs. In Part I, students undertake six modules. Three of these are focused on research training, in preparation for Part II. The other three modules all examine a variety of aspects of educational research. Students are encouraged to shape assignments to meet their own professional contexts.

In Part II, students undertake an independent study in an area of their choice.

Who is the EdD in Early Childhood Education for?

The EdD Early Childhood Education is designed to meet the needs of students from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including those working in early years settings and those involved in training related areas, both in the UK and overseas. Some students are in middle and senior level managerial positions in schools, colleges and universities, while others are in the early stages of their career. The course is for people who have a Masters degree and are committed to pursuing their career in parallel to their studies at doctoral level.

Where is the Programme Taught?

The venue for the weekend schools for the EdD programme is the luxurious Kenwood Hall in Nether Edge, Sheffield.

Programme structure

In Part I, students attend a weekend study school for each module i.e. three weekend study schools per year. Attendance at residential weekends is a compulsory part of the programme at Part I level. These weekends enable students to meet and develop their own networks and contacts.

Students are sent readings in electronic form prior to each weekend school. During the study school, students attend in lectures and seminars. Regular communication between students and supervisors is encouraged throughout Part II. In addition to attending supervision tutorials at weekend study schools students maintain contact at key points during their programme of study via e-mail, letter, telephone and personal visits.

Part II consists of an extensive research project of between 50,000 and 60,000 words. 

Visit the EdD in Early Childhood Education page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll need an honours degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS for graduate membership. You must have relevant knowledge and experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course Fees

Fees are contract-based – please enquire directly with the department

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