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Higher Diploma in Early Years Education for the Further Education and Training (FET) Sector

Course Points
60
Course Duration
18 Months
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Wednesday 7th February

Course Summary

This 3-semester part-time programme (which runs over 18 months) has been developed in conjunction with Cork ETB. It aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of Further Education and Training (FET) learning practitioners who had previously been delivering the QQI Level 5 and Level 6 FET programmes in ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) for the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and who wish to deliver on the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

Important notice about this course

This programme is restricted to those Further Education and Training (FET) learning practitioners who are currently delivering the QQI Level 5 and Level 6 FET programmes in ECCE and who wish to deliver on the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

The next intake onto this programme is September 2024.  Applications open the first week of April

Register your interest here

The aim of the programme is to meet a specific professional development need within the Further Education and Training (FET) sector. The programme aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of existing FET learning practitioners who are currently delivering the QQI Level 5 and Level 6 FET programmes in ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) for the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and who wish to deliver on the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

  • This programme is delivered predominantly on-line with 8 contact hours per week and is delivered as follows:

    • Live on-line lectures on Wednesday afternoons from 13.00hrs to 19.00hrs
    • 2 hrs directed study/asynchronous study  on Monday from 14.00hrs to 16.00hrs,​ which will be available for students to access at a time convenient to them.
    • 2 Saturdays (09.00hrs to 16.00hrs)  Face to Face (venue to be confirmed) in each semester.
    • Students will also be required to undertake directed and independent study.
    • The programme includes a variety of continuous assessments with no final examinations.
    • Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the programme.

This programme is specifically for those in the FET sector who currently teach on QQI Level 5 and Level 6 FET programmes in ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) for the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and who wish to deliver on the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care.

Total course fee: €2,500 payable as follows.

Accept Offer Fee: €150 (non-refundable)

Instalment 1 = €1100

Instalment 2 = €1250

  • Applicants should have a Level 8 major award in a cognate discipline and currently teach on programmes designed to prepare learners for practice in the ELC sector

OR

  • a Level 7 major award in a cognate discipline with a minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience on programmes designed to prepare learners for practice in the ELC sector and be currently teaching on programmes designed to prepare learners for practice in the ELC sector.

This programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Further Education and Training (FET) learning practitioners who are currently delivering the QQI Level 5 and Level 6 FET programmes in ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) for the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and who wish to deliver on the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care, confirmation of applicants status may be sought from the relevant ETB.

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Section )
Phone: 042 7370200 Est 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Ms Niamh Gaine (Programme Manager for the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care Cork ETB)
Email: niamh.gaine@corketb.ie

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Course ID DK_NTELJ_8
Course Type Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 18 Months
Fees €2,500
Starting Date Wednesday 7th February
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

Apply for this course using our online applications system as per below. You must also upload a completed Employer Support Form (.docx) to the Supplemental Items & Documents section of your online application.

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).