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Bath Spa University: Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Institution Bath Spa University View institution profile
Department School of Education
Telephone 01225 876180
Study type Taught


Study early childhood education issues in depth, covering policy, practice and theory, in our Master's in Education specialising in early childhood studies.

Explore constructions of childhood.

Benefit from in-depth study of children from birth to eight.

Focus on ethical, cultural and social perspectives of early childhood.

On this MA Education in Early Childhood Studies, you'll have opportunities to evaluate and critically analyse issues and challenges whilst focusing on political, ethical, cultural and social issues both in early childhood and in education in general. The course draws on theoretical insights into the study of early childhood which challenge and inspire. Children’s right to play and to learn through play are important features throughout the course.

You'll explore perspectives of outdoor pedagogy and the importance of research in early childhood education. You'll consider ethical ways to engage with children, their families and communities in areas such as education for sustainability and children’s engagement with nature.

Your final dissertation is an opportunity to explore and research a topic of your choice and is a fitting way to complete your Master’s journey at Bath Spa. This MA Education in Early Childhood Studies incorporates modules that will enhance your understanding and provide insights into constructions of childhood.

You’ll gain a deep insight into early childhood. You'll investigate and examine:

  • Theoretical perspectives of early childhood, including sociocultural and posthuman approaches

  • The importance of play in practice and theory

  • Ethical and political dimensions of early childhood education

  • The development of early language and literacy

  • International perspectives and approaches

  • Outdoor pedagogy, including education for sustainable development in early childhood settings

  • Children’s engagement with nature and materials in forest and outdoor experiences.


Bath Spa University is about more than studying. It’s about getting stuck in: thinking, making and doing. About bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. We push boundaries and ourselves. If that sounds good to you, you’ll fit in well.

Why Bath Spa?

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