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Code
WD231
Level
8
Campus
College Street
Duration
4 years
Credits
240 ECTS
Placements
Yes
Study Abroad
Yes
International Applications
Accepted
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What is the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education?

The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education is a four year course of study. The course is designed under four important academic foundations namely, theory, practice, research and reflective integration.

Early Childhood Care and Education 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.

Special Feature of BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education

Students have the opportunity to complete supervised work-based placements, one in semester three, six and eight 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 fourth 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

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Critical Thinking and Academic SkillsChild Developmental Psychology 1
Early Years Pedagogies Children as LearnersChildren and Social Interaction
History of Care in Irish Social PolicyEarly Years Education: Methods and Practice
Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Research
Introduction to Sociological ProblemsIrish Family Policy
Personal and Professional Development: Early Childhood Studies 1Personal and Professional Development: Early Childhood Studies 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Practice Placement: Early Childhood Studies 1Child Development Psychology 2
Understanding Gender
Irish Early Childhood Education Policies
Introduction to Irish Law
Early Childhood Assessment
Personal and Professional Development: Early Childhood Studies 3
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Early Years Curriculum, Quality and PracticePractice Placement: Early Childhood Studies 2
Early Learning and Play
Children's Rights, Citizenship and Social Policy
Personal and Professional Development: Early Childhood Studies 4
Comparative Early Years Education and Care
Children with Additional Needs
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Direct Work with Children, Parents and StaffPractice Placement: Early Childhood Studies 3
Children and the Law
Social Research Methods
Child Health and Wellbeing
Managing Early Years Contexts
Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education:

 

Other Requirements for BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education:

Places are offered on the programme subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting clearance.

Career Opportunities

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

 

Follow on Study for BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education graduates

Graduates may proceed to postgraduate study, either research or taught, at WIT or other third-level Colleges

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