Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

Early Childhood Education and Care (Bachelor of Arts, Level 7)


This two-year programme is aimed at staff currently working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector who are looking to advance their careers by achieving a qualification at degree level. The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to fulfil a variety of leadership roles within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

Entry Requirements

Full Level 6 QQI/FETAC award in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of three distinctions, at least one of the distinctions must be in 6N1946 Work Experience or 6N1947 Work Practice. Applicants must currently be working in the ECEC sector and continue to do so for the duration of the course.

Prospective applicants who do not meet the entry requirements detailed above but may qualify for admission through LIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process should contact the Department of Flexible Learning Office for further details.


Delivery will be in a blended learning format which will include online lectures and tutorials, and classroom-based workshops.

There will be approximately eight workshops per year, which will be shared between our Moylish and Thurles Campuses.

The programme is scheduled to begin during the week commencing 16th September 2019.


  • Application of the Fundamentals of Early Years Education Care Regulation & Quality Frameworks
  • Play as Pedagogy
  • Drama Literature & Storytelling
  • Early Years Outdoor Learning Experiences
  • Language & Numeracy in Early Childhood
  • Social Institutions of the Early Years
  • Advancing the Identity of the Early Years Professional
  • Creating Inclusive Environments; Embracing Equality and Diversity
  • Positive Behaviour strategies in Early Childhood
  • Arts in Early Years Education
  • Social Policy for Early Childhood Education
  • Integrating Curriculum & Relational Pedagogy
  • Professional Placement 1 & 2


The assessment strategy for this programme includes both formative and summative elements including: written assignments, projects, portfolios, skills demonstration and examination. Professional practice placement is a core requirement and can be completed in the participant’s existing place of employment.


Successful candidates will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7)

Progression Opportunities

Graduates from this programme may be eligible to apply for progression to an add-on Level 8 Honours Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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