BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

Course Points
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
25 Places
Course Start Date
September 2018

Course Summary

This honours Degree course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. The course focuses on the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old. The aim of the course is the development of high-skilled professional educators for the future who specialise in early childhood education.

Every child in Ireland is now entitled to a free preschool place for three hours every day from the age of 3 years until they start primary school. That’s almost 130,000 children.

Well qualified early childhood professional educators are needed to provide these children with high quality care and education experiences and to meet policy and legislative demands. The Early Childhood sector now has two nationally recognised dynamic frameworks - Síolta and Aistear.

The purpose of these is to support early childhood educators in developing the quality of practice and curriculum opportunities in all settings for children under 6 years and in doing so, to better support children’s holistic learning and development. This means that there has never been a better time to get your honours degree in Early Childhood Studies.

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There are a wide variety of roles available in the Early Childhood Sector. Some of these include:

  • A Childcare Practitioner / Manager / Owner working in a sessional preschool or full day-care crèche
  • A Support and Development Officer in a City or County Childcare Committee
  • An Early Years Specialist (Quality Development) working directly with early years’ services helping to improve capacity to deliver high quality, inclusive early childhood care and education experiences for children and families
  • An Early Years Specialist (Access and Inclusion) supporting a range of diverse early years settings to assist them in enabling inclusive practice and the optimal participation of a child with disability in the preschool room
  • An Early Years Inspector (at the Department of Education and Skills) evaluating, advising, supporting and reporting to improve the quality of provision in Early Childhood Care and Education settings
  • An Early Years Siolta Coordinator providing assessment, mentoring, training and peer support to improve the quality of the services provided in Early Years Services such as crèches and preschools
  • An Entrepreneur developing a business idea
  • Work in other areas of Early Childhood such as policy development or as a researcher.

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades

AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the work placement on this course, applicants must successfully pass Garda/Police vetting for all jurisdictions where the student was/is resident.

Mature Applicants:

  • Minimum of 23 years of age on 1st January of year of application. Find our more information here.  
  • Northern Ireland Applicants: Find our more information here.

Students are required to attend work placements in each stage of the course.

  • In first year, the placement is with typically developing children in full day-care
  • In second year, the placement will be with children who have special needs
  • In third year, the student can choose a specialist placement of particular interest. This may be an international placement.
  • In fourth year, the student group set up, manage and run a parent & baby group in the college.


Ms Mary McSkeane (Director Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2798

Course ID DK876
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 307
Places 25
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
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