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BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management for the Early Years Sector

Course Points
60
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Monday 16th September 2024

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • QQI Level 8 Award
  • Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.
  • Programme is recognised on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs early years qualifications listing that meets the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland.

Course Summary

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with a specialised knowledge and understanding that enables them to respond effectively to ongoing and future developments in the Early Years Sector.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING

Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd September OR until all places are taken whichever comes first.

Online induction runs Monday 16th September from 6pm to 9pm. Programme continues thereafter online from Wednesday 18th September from 6pm to 9pm.

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with a specialised knowledge and understanding that enables them to respond effectively to ongoing and future developments in the Early Years Sector. 

Students will be empowered to become more knowledgeable, skilled and autonomous early childhood practitioners who can critically evaluate and reflect on current practice and who are committed to active and supportive team leadership. The programme aims to nurture students' personal, social and professional development with a view to producing a highly competent professional educator who strives towards achieving ethical, evidence-based practice within the Early Years sector

The course takes place over one academic year (two semesters). The course uses a blended learning approach, whereby learners engage in class contact and online delivery.

Programmes are now being delivered online on Mondays and Wednesdays (18.00hrs to 21.30hrs) and  full 3 Saturdays (09.00hrs to 16.00hrs) face to face (in either DkIT or CCOC, Cork).

Please note this is subject to change

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course, students should have access to PC / Mac and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course. 

€2,500 per annum payable as follows:

  • Payment 1 = Offer Acceptance Fee of €200 (non-refundable)
  • Payment 2 = €1,050 (payable by 31st October)
  • Payment 3 = €1,250 (payable by 28th February)

Level 7 BA in Early years or equivalent. The level 7 academic programme must have included research.

Graduates of other disciplines will be assessed for entry through the recognition of prior learning process on an individual case by case basis. Candidates may be interviewed.

Work experience while undertaking the BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management for the Early Years Sector:

Applicants should have access to a Tusla Registered Early Years’ service or work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their Programme for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  This is to facilitate the integration of theory with practice (focus on reflexivity) and to meet the programme learning outcomes.

Caroline McDonnell (Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies)
Phone: +353 42 9370200
Email: Caroline.McDonnell@dkit.ie

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NNLME_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Year
Fees €2500 per annum
Starting Date Monday 16th September 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Please review the entry requirements before applying and include a copy of your CV, academic transcripts and employer's letter confirming 15 hours work per week for the duration of the course.

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).