Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care

  • Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Full details available on the Admissions-postgraduate pages
  • 1 Year Part-time (2 nights per week 7-10pm with some Saturdays throughout the year)
  • Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
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This programme provides an opportunity for students to study for a one-year Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. This programme is being offered as a direct response to the introduction of the free school year in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECCE scheme) by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and to address the upskilling needs of the sector. This programme is designed for graduates who are working in the Early Childcare sector and who do not hold the necessary qualification for the ECCE scheme. All successful applicants will have to complete 500 hours of Supervised Professional Practice as part of this Higher Diploma.

Exam information

Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable be examined in week beginning early December 2021. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable be examined in May 2022.

What subjects will I study?

  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Outdoor and After School Education and Care
  • Children’s Literature in Early Childhood
  • Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Leading Contemporary and Quality Practice
  • Visual Arts in Early Childhood
  • Work based learning for ECEC
  • Philosophy in Early Childhood Education

NOTE: Specific modules may be subject to amendment after our 2021 programmatic review.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for this Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, an applicant must hold a minimum Level 7 relevant major qualification and be working in the early year’s sector. Garda vetting is required for this programme. Offers are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements. All applicants will be considered on a caseby- case basis. The Faculty reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Study & Career Opportunities

On completion of this programme, students will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills in early childhood education and care to enable them to make a professional contribution to early childhood education & care, nationally and internationally.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWL28 Higher Diploma of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care Carlow Part-time €2,500 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
CWW09 Higher Diploma of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care Wicklow Part-time €2,500  
CWX08 Higher Diploma of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care Wexford Part-time €2,500  

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.


Eoin O'Brien
BA, DBS, CBS, Cert Mgmt, MBA
Faculty of Lifelong Learning Manager
E: eoin.obrien@itcarlow.ie