The MA Education (Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)) and the PG Diploma in ECCE programmes were launched by the School of Education (SES) in collaboration with the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED) in July 2014. The programmes have been supported by Tata Trusts.
MA Education (ECCE) is proposed as a two year programme with an exit option after the first year, which leads to a PG Diploma in ECCE. Direct admission to PG Diploma is also available. The first year courses of the MA Education (ECCE)/PG Diploma have been conceptualised with the aim of creating human resource to support professional upgradation of quality of planning, supervision and management of ECCE programmes for young children. The second year courses of MA Education (ECCE) move towards a more in-depth and scholarly understanding of ECCE as a discipline, anchored in interdisciplinary engagement with multiple disciplines including child development, sociology, history, critical pedagogy, psychoanalytic frame, anthropology and management.
Both these programmes have a strong field attachment component to ensure building of an exhaustive knowledge base connecting the theoretical foundations of ECCE with the field. These field placements have also provided students the opportunities to understand the diversity in ECCE contexts, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices. Over the past two years, the students of these programmes have been placed at Salwan Public School, Santa Maria Integrated Learning Environment, IIT Nursery School, Jamia Nursery School, Shikshantar, Heritage School, Mobile crèches, Pratham Balwadis and Anganwadis, Delhi Council for Child Welfare (DCCW), Palna, Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Child Study Centre, Delhi Public School, Organisation for Early Literacy Promotion (OELP), Ajmer and so on.
These programmes aim to build professionals in the field of ECCE who would have in-depth knowledge of ECCE from multidisciplinary perspectives and have capabilities to work as researchers, curriculum developers, supervisors, preschool heads, teacher educators, etc. in government organizations, private institutions and non government organizations, etc. They may also work as social entrepreneurs and open their own ECCE setting
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