Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CW_HRECE_B (Carlow) - CW_HXECE_B (Wexford) - CW_HKECC_B (Wicklow)
  • credits
  • 8
  • 3 years part-time
  • TBC
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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. 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 6 years of age. The importance of play and interactions in supporting learning is emphasised throughout. Students develop a knowledge and understanding of Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Siolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, essential for professional work in this area of practice.


Mandatory Subjects

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Caring for the Developing Child
  • Professional Development for Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Communications and Study Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology and Social Policy
  • Visual Arts in Early Childhood

Mandatory Subjects

  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Outdoor and After School Education and Care
  • The Psychology of Children and Childhood
  • Children’s Literature in Early Childhood
  • Philosophy in EC Education
  • Supervised Professional Practice 1
  • Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Education and Care

Mandatory Subjects

  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Ethics and Practice
  • Early Childhood Research Project
  • Leading Contemporary and Quality Practice
  • Working with Families and Communities
  • Legal Issues in Child Education and Care
  • Supervised Professional Practice 2

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the course.

Ideally applicants should currently be employed in an Early Childhood setting.

NB: Because this course requires 500 hours placement that will bring students into contact with children and vulnerable adults, SETU is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these courses. SETU uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) vetting service to assess the suitability of all applicants. Therefore, offers on this course are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements.


€2,290 per year (early payment discount available)

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