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DkIT Early Childhood courses awarded the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines (PACG)

01 July 2022

The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and the BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies have both been awarded the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines (PACG), devised by the Qualification Advisory Board (QAB).  

The award acknowledges the rich and diverse learning experiences that these programmes provide for students which allows them to develop their values, knowledge and practices as they develop as early childhood educators.

What does this mean

The purpose of the PACG is to support the development of professional awards for early childhood educators at level 7 and level 8 on the national framework of qualifications. It aims to ensure consistency of approach and quality in the provision of education, ensuring graduates are fully prepared to take on the complex challenges of practice in the field of early years.

This award ensures that both Early Childhood courses at DkIT meet the regulatory requirements for working in the Early Years sector in Ireland and both courses are included in the list of approved programmes with adherence to the Professional Award Criteria Guidelines.

Students enrolling on these programmes commencing from September 2022 will be eligible for Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) incentives.

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies (Level 8) is a full-time, 4-year, 240 ECTS programme, applications through the CAO.

This programme will nurture student’s personal, social and professional development with a view to developing a highly competent professional educator committed to providing high-quality care and education services for babies, toddlers, young children and their families

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BA In Applied Early Childhood Studies

The BA In Applied Early Childhood Studies (Level 7) is a part-time blended (online and face-to-face workshops) programme delivered in the evenings over 2 years. This 180 ECTS course allows for advanced entry to stage 2 to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

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.

Online applications are now being accepted for the September 2022 intake onto this course and more details can be viewed at the course page below.

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