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Early Years Initial Teacher Training (mainstream pathway)

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (mainstream pathway)

The mainstream graduate entry pathway on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those who wish to work 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).

Programme Information

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. 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.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits total), plus 130 placement days across the range of ages within the EYFS and a 10 day key stage 1/2 placement.

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 already employed in an early years setting.

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. Setting-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.

Placement

The programme consists of 130 placement days, in at least 2 EYFS settings, and a 10 day KS1/2 placement.


Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
UK/EU:
£7,000 (FT) N/A (PT)
Overseas:
£12,520 (FT) N/A (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 26 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018
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.

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.

Level: Early Years
Age range: 0–5
Accreditation:

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements
First degree

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A levels

No specific subject required.

GCSEs

English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C.

School experience

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.

DBS and Occupational Health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £125. 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. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

Skills tests

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.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

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.

Select your country:

Funding

A £7,000 grant is available to cover programme fees. 

NCTL bursaries may also be available. Further information is available on the Department for Education's Get into Teaching website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

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, graduates from this specialist EYITT programme are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector..

Why study this programme 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 teacher education programmes at the IOE by harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At 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 recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.

Department: Institute of Education

Application and next steps

Applications

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 not employed in an early years setting or phase of a school who wish to specialise in working with children aged 0-5 years.

Application deadlines
All applicants
27 July 2018

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.

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Programme last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.