BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies [Advanced Entry to Year 2 Only]
Four great reasons to consider this course
- QQI Level 7 Award
- Course is fully accredited by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs
- Eligible for 20% Tax Relief from Revenue
- Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.
The BA in Applied Early Childhood Education [Year 2-entry only] is a two-year part-time course, designed for people 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.
The focus of the course is the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old in a socio-cultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. The Early Childhood professional educator needs to understand many facets of the young child's development and how best to plan and implement programmes that address the child's needs in a holistic way.
This course designed for people who have been working in the early childhood care and education sector for a number of years and who may already hold some qualifications in the early childhood area, but now wish to obtain academic qualifications to degree level. It is in response to national strategies on early childhood care and education which has identified the need to up skill the workforce in this sector.
The course will nurture students' personal, social and professional development with a view to producing a highly competent professional educator committed to providing high quality services to babies, young children and their families based on the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by Aistear and Siolta.
Student Case Study: Siobhan Duffy
Modules for this programme may include:
- Exploration of Emergent Numeracy and Literacy
- Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies
- Developmental Psychology
- Applied Professional Practice 2 and Applied Professional Practice 3
- Special Education Needs
- Social Policy
- Evidence Based Practice
- Regulation and Law
- Early Childhood Physical Activity
- Consultation and Evaluation in Early Childhood.
For Stage 2: The course takes place over 2 years, for students who gain advanced entry to stage 2.
Learners will be expected to attend DkIT OR Cork College of Commerce two evenings a week (6.00pm-9.30pm) and one Saturday in three (full day) in DkIT (or Cork College of Commerce).
As the course progresses the attendance will be reduced to one day a week with the remainder of the course delivered using a blended learning approach.
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 course.
In Stage 2, Semester 2 of the course, students will be required to undertake a full time 5-day work placement in a Special Needs setting. The placement site for this mandatory practice is organized by DkIT.
Graduates of this degree may follow a variety of career paths in the education, health and social-care fields. There is an identified skills shortage for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in Child Care Centres and other early childhood care and education settings.
Employment opportunities include roles as managers, directors, coordinators or leaders in early years settings such as:
- special needs services
- family support centres and community services in the statutory
- private sectors
- government agencies and public agencies.
STAGE 2 course fee is €2,500 per year. The fee is payable as follows:
- Following offer of a place on the programme a non-refundable deposit of €100 must be paid by 23rd June to secure your place on the programme.
- Instalment 1 of €1,150 is payable before the course commences in September 2018.
- Instalment 2 of €1,250 is payable at the start of Semester 2 in January 2019
STAGE 3 course fee is €2,500 per year. The fee is payable as follows:
- Instalment 1 of €1,250 is payable before the course commences in September 2018.
- Instalment 2 of €1,250 is payable at the start of Semester 2 in January 2019.
For Advanced Entry to Stage 2, candidates must have:
- QQI Level 5 AND Level 6
- QQI (FETAC) Level 6 only (if awarded since 2015)
in Early Childhood Studies or equivalent and have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered 'early child care service (minimum of 15 hours per week).
All eligible candidates will be interviewed. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Level of academic performance in the QQI (FETAC 6) modules, length of work experience and position in employment will be used as ranking criteria in the shortlisting process.
Work Experience while undertaking the B.A in Applied Early Childhood Studies:
Applicants must have access to a Tusla registered early childhood service (minimum of 15 hours per week) or work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes. Applications will not be accepted without a written confirmation from the applicant’s organisation covering each of the points below:
- Details of the organisation for which the applicant is working in
- Details of the length of time the applicant has been working in the organisation
- Details of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant in the organisation in the time-frame stated above, including promotions and progressions, clearly indicating the specific nature of the applicants' current role.
- Agreement from their organisation that the applicant, throughout their course of study, will be facilitated to integrate theory with practice to meet the different module learning outcomes, with particular reference to the Applied Professional Practice modules.
Professional practice (fieldwork) is a part of the course. With the exception of the «Special Needs» module, professional practice will be assessed in the applicants own work place.
For all applicants, Police/Garda vetting, Hepatitis B vaccination and up-to-date First Aid Certificate will be required as conditions of the course. For information of Garda Vetting please see here.
Early Childhood generally refers to the care and the education of children aged 0-6 years. The course is suitable for:
- Early year’s educators who are working with young children in crèches, pre-schools, school age childcare services and special education services.
- Managers of crèches, pre-schools, school age services, special education services
- Early childhood practitioners in the Health Services Executive
- County Childcare Committee staff
- Practitioners in the child and family support sector
This course is designed for people who have been working in the early childhood care and education sector for a number of years and who may already hold some qualifications in the early childhood area, but now wish to obtain academic qualifications to degree level.
|School||School of Health & Science|
|Department||Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
|Fees||€2500.00 per annum|
|Starting Date||September 2019|