BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
Four great reasons to consider this course
- Smaller class sizes leading to more interactive lecturer – student engagement.
- Opportunity to undertake a specialised Professional Practice Placement abroad (Erasmus funding-support).
- Professional Practice Placement in each of the four years.
- Focus on inclusive practice including working with children with additional needs.
Level 8 degree programme that provides students with a professional qualification in Early Childhood Studies. This programme will nurture student’s personal, social and professional development with a view to developing a highly competent professional educator committed to providing high-quality care and education services for babies, toddlers, young children and their families. The programme is steeped in the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by National Curriculum and Quality Frameworks Aistear, Siolta and the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Years Practice.
Increasing numbers of babies and toddlers are accessing full day-care services and 96% of eligible children now attend preschool (ECCE Scheme). Well qualified early childhood professional educators are needed to provide these children with high-quality care and education experiences and to meet policy and legislative demands.
The programme involves the study of related disciplines of early years’ care, education, psychology, sociology, law, creative play, interactions, social policy, research and health and welfare for children aged 0-6 years.
The programme also introduces the student to the principles and practices relevant to School Age Childcare.
YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
- Early Childhood Education 1: The Theory
- Learning to Learn in Early Childhood Studies
- Promoting Physical Wellbeing
- Child Development
- Music and Movement for Babies and Young Children
YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
- Early Communication and Language Development
- Professional Practice 1
- Observation and the Assessment Process in Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Education 2: Pedagogy & Practice
YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
- Professional Practice 2
- Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
- Social Policy and the Voice of the Child
- The Young Child with Special Needs
YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
- Business Knowledge and Skills for the Early Childhood Sector
- Consultation and Evaluation
- Sociological Aspects of Working with Children and Families
- Exploring and Thinking in Early Childhood
- Exploring Numeracy and Literacy in Early Childhood
- Pretend play, Storytelling and Children’s Literature
YEAR 3 - Semester 1:
- Programme Design
- The Visual Arts in Early Childhood Education
- Applied Law and Regulation in Early Childhood
- The Reflective Early Childhood Practitioner
YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
- Introducing Evidence-Based Practice
- Professional Practice 3
- Physical Activity in Early Childhood
- Managing Young Children’s Behaviour
- Environment Design
YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
- Curriculum in the Irish Context
- Supervision, Leadership and Teamwork
- Professional Pedagogical Practice
- Professional Practice 4
YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
This programme is designed to meet the growing demand for early childhood specialists across the diversity of early childhood care and education services and addresses the needs of the public, community and private sectors. Graduates are equipped with knowledge, expertise and extensive professional experience that prepares for professional educator practice and leadership roles within the early childhood sector both nationally and internationally.
- Early childhood educator
- Manager in an early years centre
- Early years inspector
- Early years specialist
- Entrepreneur in the ECE field
related fields of professional practice, further education and with voluntary organisations.
Opportunities for postgraduate study at Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral level are available both nationally and internationally in early years and allied disciplines.
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:
Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:
- At least two H5 Grades
- AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
- AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
- PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.
Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:
Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:
- Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
- English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
- Two subjects at either:
- ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
- AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
- OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
- OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
- OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
- The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
- GCSE (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
- AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
- AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
- AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
- AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
- And a minimum score of 300 points
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the work placement on this course, applicants must successfully pass Garda/Police vetting for all jurisdictions where the student was/is resident.
Mature Applicants: Minimum of 23 years of age on 1st January of year of application. Find out more information here.
Work placement is an integral part of the programme with a Professional Practice Placement in each of the four years which provides students with an opportunity to learn from experience through supervised practice. Experiential learning in this way provides an opportunity for students to engage in reflective practice and enrich personal and professional development.
- In first year, the placement is with typically developing children in full day-care (12 weeks)
- In second year, the placement will be with children who have additional needs (7 weeks)
- In third year, the student can choose a specialist placement of particular interest. This may be an international placement (6-8 weeks)
- In fourth year, the student group, manage and run a parent & baby group in the college (1 day a week over the semester)
- Those who values a high quality educational experience leading to an Internationally recognised qualification
- Those who wish to gain a qualification that meets the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland.
- Those who value young children and the contribution they make to society.
Unique Features of This Course
- Professional Practice Placement in each of the four years
- Focus on inclusive practice including working with children with special needs
- Opportunity to undertake a specialised Professional Practice Placement abroad
- Student development and management of an on-site Parent and Toddler group
|School||School of Health & Science|
|Department||Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
How to Apply
All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
Northern Ireland & UK
Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.