What does it consist of?
The purpose of the Master is to provide advanced training of a specialized and multidisciplinary nature that qualifies professionally to intervene in programs and services for children under six years of age.
Social changes (multiculturalism, new family structures ...) and current scientific advances (neurosciences, attachment theory, systemic perspective ...) require new development approaches and intervention in the first years of life.
The intervention in early childhood is key to future development and it is necessary to incorporate promotion and support services, favoring prevention programs and detection of risk situations.
Early childhood theory and research have much to contribute to the development of community policies and practices, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of initiatives and the training of people responsible for early childhood care.
The main lines of research related to the Master are:
- In the social sphere: programs and support services for families in early childhood.
- In the educational field: analysis of the school-family relationship, educational innovation and evaluation of good practices in the early childhood education stage.
- In the field of health: prevention, health and well-being programs in early childhood.
What will you learn?
By completing this master's degree, you will know how to apply the knowledge and acquire the ability to solve problems in new environments and in multidisciplinary contexts related to the area of study. You will also be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of formulating judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of your knowledge and judgments. You will also know how to communicate knowledge and argue to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous way. You will also work on the ability to design, implement and adapt a research process on some of the issues related to early childhood.
What can you do when you're finished?
The Master in Early Childhood is aimed at the training of professionals interested in early childhood care either from the educational field (teachers of Early Childhood Education, pedagogues, psychopedagogues), from the social field (educators and social workers), and from the field of health (psychologists, pediatric nurses, etc.)
Structure of the studies
Orientation of the Master
The Master has an academic orientation with a double itinerary:
Professional: Specialist in Early Childhood.
It will allow to deepen and specialize in topics related to early childhood, providing a solid and coherent conceptual framework that allows students to study the subject of early childhood from an interdisciplinary perspective necessary for professional practice.
A list of the occupational and professional contexts in which the master's degree graduates can carry out their activities can be, among others: Educators and Teachers of Infant Education and support teachers, Early Care Teams, Primary Care Health Services-Social Services primary care, child protection services, social and family educators, integrated technicians in services and institutions for the coordination of Early Childhood programs, and promoters of cultural and social programs aimed at families and children between 0 and 6 years old.
Researcher: PhD program.
The research orientation allows students who have followed a research path to do a doctoral thesis related to the contents of the Master. The proposed Master aims to also contribute to improving research on key issues such as: approximation to current conceptions and perspectives related to early childhood; analysis and evaluation of programs and contexts of intervention in early childhood; analysis and evaluation of specialized training for intervention and action with families from a socio-educational and socio-health perspective; evaluation and analysis of strategies for work in socio-educational and health contexts; design and planning of new intervention scenarios in early childhood.
In both itineraries, the degree obtained, if the 60 credits are exceeded, is an official Master's Degree in Early Childhood.
The Master consists of 60 ECTS credits. The first modules focused on fundamental and methodological contents and the module oriented to the Practices and the Master's Thesis. The main difference between the two itineraries is the module oriented to the external Practices and the Master's Final Project. While the students who follow the professional itinerary must do an internship in a community institution or service linked to early childhood and a Master's Thesis, those who follow the research itinerary will have to do an internship in a research group and a Research Work as Master's Thesis.
Some compulsory and optional subjects are shared with other Masters: University Master's Degree in Social Sciences Applied to Socio-Health Care, Interuniversity Master's Degree in Inclusive Education, University Master's Degree in Socio-educational Intervention with Minors and Family.
In the professional itinerary, the practices will be carried out in an institution, entity or public or private community service related to early childhood, during a period of time that will vary between 3/4 weeks depending on the characteristics of the service and the schedule of practices that students can perform.
In the research orientation, the practices should enable students who follow this guidance to collaborate in a group of participating research projects that are being developed related to the topics addressed in this master.
Admission profile and admission criteria
In accordance with the current regulations, any student who:
- Possess an official Spanish university degree or other issued by a higher education institution of the European Higher Education Area that empowers the issuing country of the degree to access master's degrees.
- Graduates in accordance with educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area without the need for homologation of their qualifications, after verification by the University that they accredit a level of training equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and that facilitate the issuing country of the degree to access to postgraduate degrees.
Students may be admitted to the Master in accordance with the specific requirements and merit assessment criteria. The guidelines of the admission scale are the following:
- First, graduates, graduates and graduates in studies related to the social, educational and health fields (pedagogy, social education, teachers, psychopedagogues, nursing, psychology, social work) are considered.
- The accredited professional experience in professional fields related to the training program will be valued.
- Accredited publications and research will be valued.
- Mobility during previous studies.
- A statement of objectives, stating the personal motivation of the candidate or candidate and the objectives that have led him to apply for a place on the Master.
The academic record and professional experience will have a combined weight of not less than 70%. The candidate must submit the necessary documentation, and if necessary, duly accredited, in accordance with what is established by the admission body.
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