Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education & Care CW028

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What is the Course about?

Children require high quality care and education during their formative years in order to reach their potential and this is the focus of Early Childhood Education. It covers areas such as: education and play; child development; social environment; health; hygiene; nutrition; safety; communication; administration management and personal and professional development.

This three-year honours programme is structured to enable participants to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood education and care. Students will acquire skills in areas such as: children’s play; creative studies; psychology; pedagogy; sociology and social policy. A supervised work placement in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme, enabling students to learn from practice as well as theory.  The design and content of the programme has been determined by the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector.

As the programme includes work placement that will bring students into direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, offers for the programme are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda vetting process. 

Special Features:

  • Innovative practice-led programme where students learn how to combine theory and practice and to develop as reflective practitioners.
  • Active learning environment achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning with children’s learning materials.
  • Supervised placements in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme allowing students to learn from practice as well as theory.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may undertake a Research Masters in Early Childhood Education and Care or progress to the Taught Masters in Child, Youth and Family Studies at IT Carlow. 

What exemptions will I receive?

Graduates are eligible to join the national Children Nurseries Association or the Irish Preschool Playgroup Association.


Graduate Testimonials

Naoimh: “I just graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Care from Wexford Campus. I am now working in Childcare with children aged a year and a half to two years. I am finding the experience really enjoyable and love seeing their language develop”.

Carol: “I really enjoyed my time studying at Wexford Campus. I went straight from studying to working in childcare in a local crèche and I found that IT Carlow really helped me to achieve my goals”.

Paul: “I always found that if we had questions, there was always someone there to answer. We had access to a very high standard of academic support and it was very helpful for my career. I am now enjoying working in the childcare sector”.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates of this programme will have the knowledge, competencies and skills to work directly with, or on behalf of young people in a range of early years services. Graduates will be trained to think, act, manage and operate at the level of experienced practitioner. Employment opportunities include roles as managers, directors, coordinators or leaders in early years settings. They include: pre-schools; crèches; special needs services; family support centres and community services in the statutory; voluntary; community; private sectors; government agencies and public agencies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
John McGarrigle