NEW Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Practice SE935

  • NFQ Level 7
  • SE935
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  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Early childhood education and care involves supporting babies and young children to become competent and confident learners through loving relationships with others. Children require high-quality education and care during their formative years. Research indicates that the higher the professional qualification of the educator working with the children, the higher the quality of the setting and the children’s experiences in it.

Course Structure

This honours degree in Early Childhood Education and Care enables the student to study a diverse range of subjects in order to gain a deep understanding of babies and children from birth to six years of age. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, essential for professional work in this area of practice.

Is this course for you?

Are you interested in supporting the learning, development and well-being of babies and young children and their families? Would you like to learn how to provide a positive and enriching learning
environment while promoting children’s play, creative and critical thinking skills?

Special Features:

  • Professional work placement is an integral part of the course, supported by preparation and on-going workshops.
  • The Department of Education and Skills has determined that our degree programme meets the requirements of their “Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care (ELC) Sector in Ireland.”

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are elligble to progress to Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Practice (NFQ Level 8) year 4.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates will have the knowledge, competencies and skills to work directly with, or on behalf of, babies and young children in a range of early childhood settings, particularly in the ECCE ‘free’ pre-school year funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Professional employment opportunities can include roles as room leaders, managers and leaders
in early childhood settings such as: pre-schools; crèches; special needs services; family support centres and community services.

Opportunities may include leadership roles in county childhood care committees, specialists with Better Start National Early Years Quality Development or inspectors with the Department of Education and Skills.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Garda vetting required

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Dean McDonnell