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Masters Degree in early childhood intervention

Early Childhood Intervention in South Africa

Violence and Abuse

These are issues that we are faced with daily in the South African context. The impact of such factors on child development is increasingly being recognized in the field of Early Intervention.

It is therefore pivotal that professionals collaboratively reflect on and develop ways to ensure a better future for young children and their families.

To render comprehensive services to children aged 0 – 6, professionals need to address the social and economic conditions that children grow up in.

Are you a professional rendering service to children?

Do you want to make an impact on the lives of young children in our country?

Do you experience the challenge of working in a first world / third world country?

Do you work with people from diverse cultures and social contexts?

Do you feel the need to work in teams with professionals from other disciplines?

Then seriously consider the Masters in Early Childhood Intervention.

This course presents an exciting formal training opportunity to build capacity amongst professionals working with infants and young children in the South African context.

The Masters in Early Childhood Intervention

Aims at equipping multi-professionals with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood intervention to function optimally in a changing and challenging social context by:

  • Working in teams with professionals and community members to facilitate social development
  • Understanding their own role within the team of early childhood professionals
  • Developing comprehensive strategies for intervention
  • Critically evaluating the accountability, appropriacy and sustainability of service provision.

For whom is the course intended?

Medical practitioners, therapists, educationalists, educational psychologists, nutrition specialists and social workers working with children 0 – 6 years.

Course structure

This is a 2-year distance education course, where students are required to attend two on-site weeks per year. This course will be primarily presented on-line with support material like CD-Rom. Group work will be required in collaboration with students from other disciplines.


First year

Module 801: Critical Theoretical Analysis in ECI (90 credits), including:

  • Theoretical framework and issues in Early Childhood Intervention;
  • ECI in the community: Team building and management;
  • ECI: Family-centred community intervention
  • Applied Research
Second year

Module 860 – 868: Elective module in one of the following specialised areas (30 credits):

  1. Audiology
  2. Child Health
  3. Communication Pathology
  4. Educational Psychology
  5. Nursing
  6. Nutritional Care
  7. Occupational Therapy
  8. Physiotherapy
  9. Severe Disabilities
  10. Social Work

Module 873: Evaluation and Intervention (20 credits)
Module 872: Collaborative Problem–solving (20 credits)
Module 874: Measurement in ECI (20 credits)

Requirements for prospective Students

An Honours degree or an equivalent 4-year degree. Students must have daily access to their own computers with a CD-Rom, as well as the Internet and e-mail. as teaching will be done on-line. These requirements are non-negotiable.

Bursaries and loans

Several bursaries are available for this course. Contact bursaries and loans for further information at:

For more information please download the course brochure as well as the first year schedule. You can find them on the top-right of this page.

For additional information on the course, applications and registrations:

Course code: 10258240

Applications close: 16 February 2009

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