Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education & Care CW028
- NFQ LEVEL 8
- 3 Years
- Further Studies
- Career Prospects
- Entry Requirements
What is the Course about?
Children learn and grow when provided experiences that enable them to feel confident about their place in the world. Students of this course become professional Early Years Educators and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in a range of areas such as children's play, creative studies, child development, pedagogy, special needs and social policy.
A supervised work placement in a variety of settings enables students to integrate theory into practice. As supervised work placement brings students into direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, offers for the course are conditional and may be withdrawn subject to Garda vetting.
The design and content of the course enables students to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach to early childhood education and care.
- Innovative practice-led course where students learn how to combine theory and practice and to develop as reflective practitioners.
- Active learning environment achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning with children's learning materials.
- Supervised placements in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the course allowing students to learn from practice as well as theory.
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may go on to postgraduate study in primary education or Research Masters in Early Childhood Education and Care or Taught Masters in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology Carlow.
What exemptions will I receive?
Graduates are eligible to join the national Children Nurseries Association or the Irish Preschool Playgroup Association.
Naoimh: “I just graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Care from Wexford Campus. I am now working in Childcare with children aged a year and a half to two years. I am finding the experience really enjoyable and love seeing their language develop”.
Carol: “I really enjoyed my time studying at Wexford Campus. I went straight from studying to working in childcare in a local crèche and I found that IT Carlow really helped me to achieve my goals”.
Paul: “I always found that if we had questions, there was always someone there to answer. We had access to a very high standard of academic support and it was very helpful for my career. I am now enjoying working in the childcare sector”.
What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
Graduates have the skills to manage and operate at the level of experienced practitioner according to the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. Graduates are able to work with, or on behalf of young people in a range of settings as managers, directors, coordinators or leaders in a range of settings such as: pre-schools, crèches, special needs services, family support centres and community services in the statutory, voluntary, community, private sectors, government agencies and public agencies.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
- 2H5 & 4O6/H7
- English or Irish O6/H7
Garda vetting required
Introduction to Psychology
Early Childhood Education
Communication and Study Skills
Introduction to Sociology & Social Policy
Caring for the Developing Child
Professional Development for Early Childhood Education & Care
Pedagogy & Curriculum
The Psychology of Children & Childhood
Child Health and Wellbeing
Creative Skills for Early Childhood Education & Care 2
Philosophy in Early Childhood Education
Outdoor & Afterschool Education and Care
Supervised Professional Practice 2
Children with Additional Needs
Ethics and Practice
Early Childhood Research Project
Leading Contemporary and Quality Practice
Working with Families and Communities
Legal Issues for Early Childhood Education & Care
Supervised Professional Practice 2
For Further Information ContactProgramme Director
John McGarrigle, BA (Hons),MSc MA (TL)