Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care

  • Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • 1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time
  • Carlow/Wicklow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care (Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact

Overview

This is an innovative Level 9 postgraduate degree programme, which aims to enable graduates to critically analyse and contribute to theoretical, research and practice developments in the leadership of the early years in Ireland and beyond. It is responding directly to the increasing demands of the early years sector for graduates with the knowledge, practices  and values, particularly in relation to leading innovation, practicing leadership and having the skills to conduct research in the area.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories and key concepts with  a focus on leadership and critical assessment skills within an Irish and International context;
  • Analyse the current theories, concepts, challenges and research areas with an ability to solve complex problems through a variety of reflective and participatory work;
  • Exhibit critical awareness  of contemporary issues and challenges relating to the role and effect of early years education on the child, the family and society;
  • Apply the theory and practice of leadership roles in supporting quality;
  • Engage in scholarly debate at an academic, policy  and practice based level on a range of early year’s education and leadership issues;
  • Develop, maintain and build on professional relationships fostered throughout the programme with practical skills and tools to reflect and critically self-evaluate;
  • Gather, assimilate, synthesise and analyse information on a variety of levels;
  • Critically reflect on how leadership practice in early year’s education connects to and interacts with wider social issues in Ireland and beyond.

What subjects will I study?

  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years Policy, Theory and Practice
  • Leading Quality in Early Years Education & Care
  • Leadership, Strategy & Governance
  • Transformative Children’s Rights Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Early Years Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Research Methods & Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree, with a minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education & Care/ Studies
  • Montessori Education
  • Education (Primary)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • or other relevant/equivalent Level 8 awards.

Candidates with significant relevant work experience (as determined by  IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry. Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate and show evidence of their experience working within the sector.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basisand in accordance with IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Please note that all RPL applicants will be subject to interview.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the international section of the IT Carlow website for further information.

 

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of Leadership in Early Years Education and Care.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care is an embedded exit award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

This is an ideal postgraduate programme for students or current practitioners within the early childhood education sector who are interested in becoming administrators, directors or managers of early childhood education and care settings. It is also suitable for those interested in advisory, mentoring and inspection roles within the sector.

The level of qualification of early years practitioners has been acknowledged as an important contributor to and indicator of quality service provision (Sylva et al., 2010).  Currently 1% of practitioners working in the sector in Ireland hold a Masters or PhD qualification. (Cahalan et al., 2016 pp 79 -80).  The EU CORE Report Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care (2011) sets  out an EU benchmark of at least 60% of those working in this area who “should be graduates”, “including equally those working with under-3s and those working with over-3s.” A competent quality based systems calls for competent practitioners, which requires “a qualified workforce at all levels, which includes trainers, managers and inspectors.”

 

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWB09 Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Carlow Full-time €7,400* Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWL17 Masters of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Carlow Part-time €7,400*  
CWW05 Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Wicklow Part-time €7,400*  
CWB10 Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Carlow Full-time €5,500  
CWL18 Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Carlow Part-time €5,500  
CWW06 Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care Wicklow Part-time €5,500  
  * Fees for IT Carlow major award graduates only €5,500        
           

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the website for further details or email: international@itcarlow.ie.

Contact

Full-time applicants may contact:
Mary Beare Aust
BEd (CNAA), MA (Ed) (Open), Adv Mont Dip (MSN)
Programme Director
P: 059 917 5300
E:   mary.aust@itcarlow.ie

or

Dr Eileen Doyle-Walsh
BA, MLitt, PhD
Head of Department – Humanities
P: 059 917 5347
E:  eileen.doyle@itcarlow.ie

Part-time applicants may contact:
Faculty of Lifelong Learning
E: LLL@itcarlow.ie   
P: 059 917 5280

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
E: international@itcarlow.ie      
P: 00353-59-9175205