BA EARLY CHILDHOOD - TEACHING AND LEARNING
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.
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This course requires 4 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature students must be at least 21 years of age by 1st January 2016. For students over the age of 21 entry will be based on a personal statement, written test, interview and prior experience.
Apply to the CAO before 1st February 2016. Admission is based on your application and/or interview.Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2016 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1st 2016.
Leaving Certificate applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate including 2HC3 and 4OD3/4HD3.
Note: Offers of places on the above programmes are subject to a satisfactory background check by the Garda Central Vetting Unit. In the case of MH001/MH002, prior to entry, candidates are required to complete a Health Status Information Form.
|How to apply|
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong.
This part-time degree will prepare you to spearhead and lead learning and development in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). Modules include exploring curricula and pedagogy, play, learning and development, reflective practice, supporting creativity and imagination and professional work placement practice.
Campus venue: In order to maximise student access to the combined services and expertise of the two institutions, the programme is delivered across two locations: Maynooth Campus and Early Childhood Ireland in Hainault House, Belgard Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. A new state-of-the-art €12m Education Building is planned for the Maynooth University Campus.
Duration: 3 years (part time)
|Career and postgraduate options|
The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning positions graduates to spearhead and lead learning in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) services.
Graduates from this programme will lead and develop curriculum as part of a professional team within early childhood settings, working with children, their families and communities. They may also take up roles with local development agencies within the early childhood sector both nationally and internationally.
The degree is offered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland, a leading organisation in Ireland focused on the development, delivery and advocacy of early childhood care and education.
We offer graduates a range of postgraduate courses including:
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site