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Early Childhood Education (Pedagogy)


Programme Overview


Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme seeks to provide participants with the competencies and requisite skills to meet the needs of young children and to make a contribution to the development of the early childhood sector in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Participants of this programme will have the opportunity to engage in rich discourse on key areas relevant to early childhood education and early childhood leadership. Participants will also have the opportunity to review extant literature, conduct field work, conduct research and disseminate findings to their colleagues and other stakeholders.

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Pedagogy track, has several aims. In addition to providing  prospective participants with strong theoretical, philosophical and hands on experiences in Early Childhood Education, it also aims to broaden the knowledge and skills of early childhood teachers and other professionals in the field by providing  them with a more in-depth, evidence-based study of child development and early learning across the early childhood years.
Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme applicants must have an undergraduate degree in early childhood or primary education with at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent. Admission of those who do not have these qualifications will be based upon the discretion of the programme coordinator. Those who do not possess a degree in early childhood education would normally have at least 3 years of experience in teaching children at the early childhood level.
Programme Structure

The School of Education, UWI, Mona, currently provides two Options for students to acquire a Masters of Education. Option A is by course work only and Option B includes course work and a research project. Both options require students to complete 36 credits.

Credit requirement for classification                   

Option A

Option B




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 Careers after Graduation

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education programme are qualified for:

  • Teaching and lecturing at all levels of the education system
  • Leadership, administration and management at all levels of the education system
  • Education researcher
  • Education officer/supervisor
  • Education planner
  • Curriculum development
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Measurement, testing and assessment in education
  • Evaluation and analysis of educational programme  and projects
  • Instructional design
  • Distance and online learning design
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Technology integration in formal and informal learning settings
  • Training officer
  • Education outreach coordinator
  • Educational psychologist
  • Workforce occupational analysis
  • Teacher Educator

Department Contact Information

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Zoyah Kinkead-Clark
The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2



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