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

Aims

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

Applicants may apply if they hold a  QQI Level 6 (or equivalent) qualification which is recognised by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) as meeting the criteria for ‘ECCE Room Leader (Standard Capitation)’. Applicants must currently be working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and continue to do so for the duration of the course.

Details of courses meeting the criteria may be found at:

https://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/ecce-scheme/20180917_DCYAEarlyYearsRecognisedQualsSept2018.pdf

Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to those who meet the minimum entry requirements.

 

Delivery

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

The classroom based workshops will be shared between our Moylish and Thurles Campuses.

The programme is scheduled to begin with an induction day on Saturday 21st September at the LIT Thurles Campus.

Semester 1 workshops will take place on Saturday 12th October, Saturday 19th October, Saturday 9th November and Saturday 23rd November. Locations for these workshops are yet to be confirmed, but will be shared between the LIT Moylish Campus in Limerick and the LIT Thurles Campus in Tipperary.

 

Content

  • 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

Assessment/Examinations

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.

Qualification

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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