Early Childhood Ireland and Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University Partnership
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning
In partnership with the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, Early Childhood Ireland offer a level 8 honours Early Childhood Education and Care degree course.
It is delivered in a flexible format over 3 years – students attend for one evening per week and one Saturday per month, along with two block weeks, one in Autumn (October) and one in Spring (February or March). There is also a requirement to complete 300 hours of placement (which can be located in a student’s workplace) as well as 15 additional hours in an alternate setting.
The degree positions graduates to spearhead and lead learning in Early Childhood Care and Education settings, and as well as leadership positions in practice, many graduates go on to careers in policy development, evaluation agencies, government and non-government organisations and local development agencies, nationally and internationally.
For details on how to apply, see here: BA EARLY CHILDHOOD – TEACHING AND LEARNING (part time) | Maynooth University
What do the course aim to do?
This course will provide students with a QQI Level 8 Honours Degree. Graduates from this degree will be well positioned to spearhead and lead learning in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings, in local development agencies and in national voluntary organisations and other early childhood fields both nationally and internationally. Graduates from this degree can also apply for a range of postgraduate courses subject to any additional entry requirements of the desired course.
This degree does not equip graduates to teach in primary school. However, honours graduates from this Level 8 degree can apply for entry to a PMED, professional Masters in Education Course (Primary Teaching) subject to meeting other PMED course requirements.
What does the course content include?
The course content consists of a variety of modules. All modules are compulsory. Students will take modules as follows:-
Reflective Practice: Learning to Learn 1 (10 Credits)
Learning and Development: Perspectives (5 Credits)
Building Relationships with Children, Families and Communities ( 5 credits)
Exploring Curricula and Pedagogy (5 credits)
Children’s Well-Being (5 credits)
Philosophy, Culture and Constructions of ECCE (5 credits)
Play ( 5 credits)
Professional Practice 1 (20 credits)
Reflective Practice: Integrating Theory and Practice 2 (10 Credits)
Learning and Development: Practices ( 5 credits)
Social Justice, Ethics and Diversity ( 5 credits)
Supporting Enquiry/Enacting the Curriculum ( 5 credits)
Children’s Spaces ( 5 credits)
Social and Legal Context of Childhood (5 credits)
Supporting Creativity and Imagination ( 5 credits)
Professional Practice 2 (20 Credits)
Reflective Practice: Research & Dissertation 3 (10 credits)
Learning and Development: Challenges ( 5 credits)
Leading Practice ( 5 credits)
Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment ( 5 credits)
Transitions in ECCE ( 5 credits)
Dominant Discourses in ECCE ( 5 credits)
Literacy, Numeracy & Scientific Enquiry ( 5 credits)
Professional Practice 3 (20 credits)
Further details on all modules can be found here.
As this is a part-time degree, the mature age is 21 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. Admission is based on your application and interview. All mature applicants must:
Be at least 21 years of age on or before 1.1.2021 for admission in 2022.
Complete placement in a Tusla setting (300 hours per academic year minimum working directly with children aged from birth to six years – own work setting acceptable). In each year students must complete 15 of these hours in an alternate setting.
Possess sufficient language, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
Attend for interview, if shortlisted
Undertake vetting by National Vetting Bureau.
Priority will be given to mature students who have experience of working with young children and who have completed Level 5 and/or Level 6 in early years studies.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.
What is involved in obtaining the degree?
Over the three years of the course students are required to have completed 180 credits to successfully obtain their award.
Attendance at class 5-9pm one evening per week, one Saturday per month 10 – 4pm and 2 block weeks per academic year.
Work placement is an integral part of the course and students must complete placement in a Tusla setting (300 hours per academic year minimum working directly with children aged from birth to six years – own work setting acceptable) In each year students must complete 15 additional hours in alternate setting.
Each module will involve written assignments and classroom-based work.
Dr Leah O’Toole
Programme Coordinator, BA Early Childhood Teaching and Learning / Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Maynooth University, Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
T: +353 01 4747405