PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)
Why choose this course?
If you would like to work with babies and children up to the age of five, our postgraduate certificate paves the way to a fulfilling career as an early years teacher.
- Become a specialist in early childhood development and have a lasting, positive influence on children’s wellbeing
- Gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) at a time when demand for high-calibre early years professionals has never been stronger
- Prepare for a rewarding career in nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres and a whole range of other settings
- Apply theory to practice on challenging and exciting placements
- Choose a study pathway to suit your needs: we offer both full and part-time routes to achieve EYTS
- Learn from a dynamic teaching team with an excellent reputation for the quality of their training and the impact of their research
Start date: September
Course length: 12 months or part-time study
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Education
About this course
Upon completing this course, you will be a specialist in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will reflect the specialist role that you have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice. We offer both full and part-time options to gain EYTS.
We offer two pathways that you can choose to complete in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status:
Graduate Entry (GE): (12 months full-time)
You’ll study Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) through reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and placements within the sector.
Graduate – Employment Based (GEB): (12 months part-time)
You’ll be currently working in an early years setting, and require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Alternatively, you may be a newly recruited graduate in an early years setting. You will study reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and your working practice.
Which pathway should I choose?
When you apply, we can help you to decide the right pathway for you.
A key element of your training is practical experience in an early years setting. Placements will help develop your key skill sets. As a minimum, you’ll spend the following periods of time training in the early years sector:
- GE pathway - 120 days (24 weeks)
- GEB pathway - As determined by the training programme.
Whichever pathway you choose, you must complete a minimum of two weeks in a school in Key Stage 1.
Throughout your PG Certificate in Early Years, you’ll complete assessed teaching placements and additional enhanced placement opportunities that will provide you with challenging, varied, and exciting experiences. For the duration of your placement, you will be supported by a placement/setting mentor and a University of Derby assessment mentor.
Upon completing your course, you’ll have earned 60 credits towards a masters qualification, which means you can progress to stage 2 of a masters degree and quickly progress in your professional career. Our tutors enjoy a strong reputation for the quality of their training, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning from a highly-qualified and competent team.
What is an Early Years Teacher?
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), reflecting the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.
The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.
Gaining Early Years Teacher Status does not give you QTS. Successful completion of an early years initial teacher training course leads to the award of Early Years Teacher Status. This award is different to the award of QTS and is designed for those who wish to specialise in work with babies and young children from birth to five years. The role early years teachers play will depend on the type of provision they work in, but whatever the setting, they will bring knowledge, skills and experience and contribute to improving outcomes for young children.
For more information about the role of Early Years Teachers, visit National Careers Service.
What you will cover
You’ll undertake an active programme of taught sessions alongside placements within the sector, allowing you to apply theory to practice.
We provide you with the option of either completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status or the Early Years Teacher Status component of the programme alone.
Should you choose to complete only the EYTS, you will undertake two modules within the University to support you in your reflective practice against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). These modules will enable you to contextualise your experiences, so that you can build evidence against the Standards to be awarded Early Years Teacher Status.
If you choose to undertake the full programme, you will undertake the following modules at masters level:
- The Developing Child (Birth to Five)
- Working in Partnership and Leading
- Babies and Young Children in Learning and Educational Contexts
Entry requirements for Early Years ITT are the same as entry requirements for primary teaching.
You must hold a degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. An ordinary degree is acceptable. A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at a level 6 of the QCF.
All trainees must have GCSE Maths, English, and Science at grade C or above at the start of the pathway.
Acceptable qualifications include:
- GCSE English, Maths and Science grade A*-C
- GCE O levels awarded before summer 1975 - a pass should be recorded rather than a note of the grade
- GCE O levels awarded in the summer of 1975 onwards only - grade A-C are acceptable
- CSE passes need to be at grade 1
- GCSE equivalencies completed within an Access Course
Equivalency tests are accepted at the University's discretion providing that the test meets the required standards in both level and breadth according to the GCSE subject criteria provided by Ofqual.
Prior to enrolment, you must have completed the National College for Teaching and Leaderships Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy. We offer Skills Test preparation days to help you to gain the knowledge to successfully complete the tests.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
Candidates will need to meet all the Department for Education entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education courses including suitability and fitness to teach checks.
How to apply
You must apply for this course through: http://www.derby.ac.uk/study/apply/apply-online/
Once we receive your application, we'll send you an acknowledgement letter along with further information about the interview process.
When applying for this programme please use the programme code: MX1BE.
If you would like to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) without studying the postgraduate modules, please apply for the course using the link and programme code above. There will be an opportunity to share your preference with us at interview stage, and we will amend your application to reflect your choice.
Fees and finance
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
Each route entitles you to a a grant of which covers the course fees in the entirety. This grant will be paid directly to the University of Derby. Additional bursaries may also be available.
How you will learn
You will attend face-to-face sessions, to learn more about Early Years Initial Teacher Training and prepare for assessment against the Standards.
Workshops will be held at the university covering more in depth reflection on the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will contribute to discussions around your own practice and how you meet the different standards.
Depending on your pathway, you'll also attend bespoke teaching sessions to develop and promote your understanding of early years practice.
Throughout the course, there could be opportunities for you to develop professional skills which include Makaton training (sign language) and Safeguarding training.
Midway through the course you will undertake a 'development and progress review' to determine your progress to date. You'll produce an action plan to support your progress towards achieving a successful assessment outcome.
How you're assessed
You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods, including:
- observations of practice
- environment tours
- a portfolio of evidence
- written essays
- a viva voce
Careers and employability
More great childcare’ (January 2013). This sets out the Government’s plans for improving quality in early education and childcare. One of the Government’s key priorities is to raise the status and quality of the workforce.
Those that successfully complete Early Years Initial Teacher Training and meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be Early Years Teachers. They will hold Early Years Teacher Status.
Early Years Teachers could pursue careers within the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sectors, in:
- Children's centres
- Supporting Health Visitors in the community
- Independent schools
- The maintained sector as Early Years Instructors.
For more information about the role of Early Years Teachers, visit National Careers Service.
When you graduate, you will also have gained 60 credits at masters level.
What our students say
"I chose to do the Early Years Teacher Status because there is a really big focus on child development which is really important, and it can help me pursue my career in being an Educational and Child Psychologist."
Olivia Smail, current student
"I feel I have been on a splendid journey which has not yet ended. I love my job and have now begun to move forwards to fulfil my dream too. I know being a teacher will be tough, testing, and paperwork-enduring, but I will strive to be positive, motivating, and enthusiastic. This course was eye-opening and brilliant, and I can't believe how much I have gained."
Julie Mogey, graduate
"An Early Years placement brings ideas and energy into a setting. By gaining Early Years Teacher status it pushed me from an NVQ standard to a much higher standard. My confidence grew enormously; I became very sure that I was able to lead and manage Nightingale Nurseries."
Sophie Nightingale, graduate
"The programme equipped me with all the knowledge I needed to provide a high quality service to help children reach their potential. The Status has given me the key skills required to ensure there’s quality of learning and an understanding of the child’s development in Early Years. I’m now an expert in Early Years from 0-5."
Jean Thomas, graduate and Early Years Professional.
"This programme has been brilliant for my career and opened so many new doors for me, especially the MA, which I am loving."
Alison Anderson, graduate and Nursery Manager at Little Peaches.
Read more about students who have successfully gained their Early Years Teacher Status and how they have used it.