Early Years Initial Teacher Training (employment pathway)
The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards Early Years).
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the Early Years curriculum. As highly skilled graduate leaders, they will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.
Participants will be working to a timetable of no more than 90 per cent of full time working hours and be released for training and study days. Students take three core modules (60 credits total). In addition to this, students will undertake other placements of up to 6 weeks in order to cover the full 0-5 age range.
Where less than 60 credits are achieved at Master’s level (level 7), but are successfully passed at undergraduate/Bachelor’s level (level 6), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.
An additional pathway is also available for those who wish to study full-time.
- Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
- The Action Research Module (level 7)
- Professional Practice Module (level 6)
Students will undertake placements of up to 6 weeks in order to cover the full 0-5 age range, including 10 days in a Key Stage 1/2 placement.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. An NCTL training grant of £7,000 is available to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is paid directly to UCL on your behalf.
Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
No specific subjects required.
English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C.
Prospective students must complete a minimum of ten days of experience, in an EYFS Setting, before they can be enrolled on the EYITT PGCE. This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work. Ideally applicants should have completed a majority of their EYFS Setting experience before interview.
If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. These checks will be carried out by the school or college that employs you. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.
All applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol. More information can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.
Recent research such as the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010) has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). Acknowledging the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years, government reforms in initial teacher education are focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, this specialist programme is designed for those already working or seeking to work with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE.
The EYITT route complements other existing initial training educational programmes at the IOE by both harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.
At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.
Accreditation: Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.
Department: Institute of Education
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Education
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This pathway is for those already employed in an early years setting or phase of a school, or those who have been recruited to a setting in order to undertake an employment-based route, who wish to specialize in working with children aged 0-5 years.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now