The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies is a three year course of study. The course is designed under four important academic foundations namely, theory, practice, research and reflective integration.
Early Childhood Studies is aimed at producing professionally qualified graduates who can work in a range of early years’ contexts, working with children up to the age of eight in both care and education settings. The course involves the study of related disciplines of early years’ care, education, psychology, sociology, law and personal and professional development and supervised professional early years, practice placements.
Students have the opportunity to complete supervised work-based placements, one in each of the second and third years of the course. These opportunities allow students gain valuable experience and skills in areas of care or education or both.
These placement experiences will facilitate the students’ application of knowledge from the disciplines studied to professional practice. Students will conclude their third year with a written thesis which allows them focus on a specific area of interest to them in relation to early years’ care and education.
Note: Garda clearance is required for all students taking this course
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Psychology||Irish Family Policy|
|Early Years Instruction: Children as Learners||Early Years Education: Methods & Practice|
|Critical & Creative Thinking||Personal & Professional Development 2|
|History of Care in Social Policy||The Sociology of Contemporary Ireland|
|Introduction to Sociological Problems 1||Developmental Psychology|
|Personal & Professional Development 1||Introduction to Research|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Practice Placement 1||Understanding Sociological Perspectives|
|Personal & Professional Development 3||Child Health & Welfare|
|Engaging Children Through Play||Comparative Pedagogy of Early Years Education|
|Early Childhood Assessment||History of Psychology of Education|
|Social Research Methods||Irish Early Childhood Education Policies - a Critique|
|Introduction to Irish Law|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Diversity & Inclusion in Early Years Care & Education||Practice Placement 2|
|Children's Rights & Social Policy||Personal & Professional Development 4|
|Social Theory & Gender Studies||Direct Work with Children, Parents & Staff|
|Introduction to Social Psychology||Managing Early Child Contexts|
|Child Law||Dissertation 2|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Places are offered on the programme subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting clearance.
This course aims to facilitate students who wish to pursue professional careers in Early Childhood Studies contexts, and postgraduate studies in Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines.
Early Years Childcare
Early Years Education
Children’s Residential Care Centres
Health Services Executive, Family Support
Children with special learning needs
Private work in the child care sector
Graduates may proceed to postgraduate study, either research or taught, at WIT or other third-level Colleges