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Award Type and NFQ Level: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
Course code: ECED
CAO/PAC code: MH801
Points: 380
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The BA in Early Childhood Education – Teaching and Learning is a part-time, level 8 honours degree, which is delivered over evenings, weekends and one-week blocks. The programme was originally designed to provide flexible learning opportunities for those already working in HSE/DES-notified early childhood settings but it also caters for those aspiring to enter the sector from Leaving Certificate and further education paths.
As the Department is dedicated to the famous educational philosopher, Friedrich Froebel, our programmes reflect his ideology by incorporating active, student-centred approaches to our teaching. The programme covers a broad range of relevant and interesting modules such as exploring curricula and pedagogy, reflective practice, supporting creativity and imagination and professional  work placement practice. There is a specific focus on building a strong foundation amongst students to lead excellence in pedagogical practices within early childhood settings.
Assessment is continuous in nature and includes assignments, project work as well as professional placement practice. As the early childhood sector is currently benefitting from considerable investment and significant change, career progression within this sector, for those with this kind of degree, is expanding rapidly beyond early childhood care and education settings to include opportunities within policy development and evaluation agencies within the Department of Education and Skills.
Choose this option if you are interested in
  • undertaking work placements in a Tusla/DES-notified early childhood setting to include opportunities within policy development and evaluation agencies;
  • studying for a part-time honours degree which is flexible and progressive and where prior learning is recognised where relevant;
  • progressing your career in early childhood in varied professional roles.
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