- The University of Derby ranks No16 in the UK for Education studies (Guardian 2017).
- No written exams. Assessment through essays, oral presentations, and research-based study.
- Exclusive collaboration with the INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI CENTER in Perugia, Italy (field trips and seminar attendance).
- Supervised work placement at partner nursery schools and preschool centers.
- Practice-based modules in Arts Education (Drawing, Music, Movement, Drama) in specialist Early Years workshops.
- Student conference presentations and publications in national and international conferences.
The aim of the programme is to help students understand children’s development and learning, from the early years to the age of eight, to investigate the challenges and opportunities that arise in the field of educational practice and to examine childhood from different educational perspectives. Students are encouraged to use their own experiences in order to learn and comprehend early childhood.
The programme places particular emphasis on independent learning and linking theory to practice. It involves a compulsory work placement in various early years settings, with the support of the Mediterranean College’s wide network of private schools and organizations. In addition, the taught modules are complemented by multiple other activities, such as field trips, guest lectures, seminars, voluntary work, participation in conferences etc. As a result, graduates gain both knowledge and practical skills to take on immediately and responsibly the role of early childhood educators in real work conditions.
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The programme is addressed to High School graduates who want to build a career as early childhood educators.
- High School leaving certificate (Apolyterion) from a General or Vocational Senior High School (or equivalent)
- Reference Letter (1)
- Adequate knowledge of English (IELTS 4.5 or equivalent) *
- Academic Interview
- Photos (2)
- ID-Card/ passport
*The level of English required for the English-taught programme is equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or B2. Candidates without official English language certificates can sit the English language placement test of Mediterranean College.
Holders of Vocational Training Institutes (IEK) Diplomas or Higher National Diplomas (HND), students of Technological (TEI) or Higher Education Institutions (AEI) of relevant fields may be admitted to an advanced stage of the course, upon a Recognition of Prior Learning procedure. They need to additionally submit:
- Diploma and/or academic transcript
- Programme Handbook (if available)
Structure & Content
The programme examines the significance of childhood and the multiple needs of children, and how these can be met by education professionals. Particular emphasis is placed on the personal and professional development of students, through the module content, student placement, and the multiple complementary educational activities.
|Study Skills and ICT
|The Emerging Practitioner?
||The Critically Reflective Practitioner
|Early Language and Communication
||Children’s Voices: Listening and Experiences
|Play and Creativity in the Early years
||The Early Years Researcher?
||International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care
|The Growing Child
||Emerging Literacies in the Early Years
|Early Emotional and Social Development?
||Creative Approaches to the Curriculum 0-8 years
|SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) & Inclusive Practices in the Early Years
||Educational Activities (Music, Drama, Crafts)
|Educational Activities (Music, Art)
Teaching & Learning
The programme comprises modules equivalent to 20 credits, plus an independent study (dissertation) that equals 40 credits. Modules are delivered in two semesters per academic year. Teaching and learning involve various approaches, such as lectures, guest lectures, workshops, tutorials, group activities, integrated projects, oral presentations, and supervision. Modules of Year 1 are delivered and assessed in Greek; modules of Year 2 are delivered and assessed in Greek and English; modules of Year 3 are delivered and assessed in English.
Lectures aim to the understanding of the theory and the important issues related to each module. Seminars & workshops focus on selected topics that have been covered in lectures and are more interactive in nature, where students adopt active roles in teaching and learning. Additional practical exercises provide experience in applying scientific methods on inquiry. Finally, group and individual tutorials enable students to better comprehend certain aspects of the modules.
The programme applies a variety of assessment tools, including essays, reports, oral presentations, poster/booklet/leaflet presentations, independent research and online tests. The programme does not include written exams.
The learning process is enriched by further activities of the College and the School of Education in particular, including:
- Seminars and Forums
- Annual Student Excellence Conference
- Participation of students in national and international conferences
- Bazaar charity events
- Voluntary activity
- Field trips
- Guest lectures
- Certified CPD courses (offered by Mediterranean Professional Studies)
Why Choose this Course
- The University of Derby, according to the Guardian University Guide (2017), is placed among the TOP-16 UK Universities for studies in Education and ranks first in Greece among UK Universities represented in the country.
- The programme is delivered in both Greek and English so that students are gradually and smoothly introduced to studying in English. English lessons are provided during the 1st and 2nd year of study, specially designed to cover terminology and to help students meet the requirements of the English-taught part of the programme (students, therefore, do not need additional English tuition). Students receive the support of the College’s English Department throughout their studies. As graduates of a UK University (being taught in English), they certify their English as a foreign language competence at a Proficiency (C2)
- The programme includes compulsory work placement with structured supervision, in collaboration with a wide network of preschool educational centers and nurseries. Modules in Art, Music, Movement, and Drama, delivered in the designated Early Years workshops, strengthen the practice-based knowledge of students.
- The programme does not include exams. Students are assessed by alternative means, such as essays, oral presentations, posters and online tests. Teaching and learning are achieved in the most creative way: workshops, role-plays, guest lectures, field trips, poster presentations, individual research, etc. Special emphasis is given to academic research, in order to help students develop the adequate skills to continue their studies at a postgraduate level. The student learning experience is further enhanced through the School of Education activities.
- Mediterranean College gives particular emphasis on the academic support of undergraduate students: a personal tutor is assigned to every student; lecturers are available at office hours; students with difficulties may use the services of the counselling and learning support centre; students receive regular feedback on their academic progress; students have full access to the College’s libraries and electronic resources.
- All academic staff is accredited lecturers of the University of Derby for every module they teach. Mediterranean College implements an integrated system of recruitment, assessment and continuing professional development of academic staff so that students receive excellent teaching and personal support to develop their social and professional skills.
- Students are supported by a personal tutor, who helps them design and implement their individual Personal Development Plan (PDP).
- Early Years Education students actively participate in activities organized within the MC Employability Scheme, the College’s integrative employability development plan, which prepares them to be competitive in the demanding labor market.
- The School of Education of Mediterranean College has an exclusive collaboration with the International Montessori Center in Perugia – Italy and is a sponsor of the European Dyslexia Association.
Further Study & Career
The programme graduates, according to the Greek law, are holders of an accredited university degree, professionally equivalent to those awarded by Greek State Technological or Higher Education Institutes. If they wish so, they can have their degree recognized by the Greek authorities.
The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies leads to the professional recognition of Early Childhood Educator or Nursery Teacher. After successfully completing the programme, graduates may continue for a Master’s degree at Mediterranean College or at overseas universities. Alternatively, they can seek employment.
BA (Hons) holders may attend the following Master programmes offered by Mediterranean College:
- MA Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability
- MA Education: Leadership and Management
Alternatively, they can specialize in certain fields by attending selected accredited CPD courses offered by Mediterranean Professional Studies:
- Counselling Psychology
- Special Educational Needs
- Drama Play
After completing the programme, graduates can work in various educational settings:
- Kindergartens, nursery schools, and private schools
- Special education centers
- Childcare centers
- Centres for creative development
- Playgrounds and camps
- Counseling centers (for families/children)
- Non-Governmental Organisations