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BA EARLY CHILDHOOD - TEACHING AND LEARNING

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Qualification : BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH801

CAO Points : 356

Closing Date : 01 February 2018

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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, Saturdays and one-week blocks, offered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland. 
 
This is a leading organisation in Ireland focused on the development, delivery and advocacy of early childhood care and education.
 
The programme was originally designed to provide flexible learning opportunities for those already working in Tusla/DES-notified early childhood settings but it also caters for those aspiring to enter the sector from Leaving Certificate and further education paths. This level 8 Bachelor’s degree allows you to work and study simultaneously.
 
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.
 
Assessment is continuous and includes a professional work placement in a Tusla/DES-notified early childhood setting, to include opportunities within policy development and evaluation agencies.
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
  • Professional work placement practice

What is involved in obtaining the degree?

  • Over the three years of the course students are required to have completed 180 credits to successfully obtain their award.
  • Attendance at class 5-9pm one evening per week, one Saturday per month 10 – 4pm and 2 block weeks per academic year.
  • Work placement is an integral part of the course and students must complete placement in a Tusla/DES notified setting service (200 300 hours per academic year minimum working directly with children aged from birth to six years – own work setting acceptable) In each year students must complete 15 of these hours in an alternate setting.
  • Each module will involve written assignments and classroom-based work.
Course Duration: 3 years (part time)

Graduates emerge as teaching professionals. 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.
 
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 curricula 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.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

As this is a part-time degree, the mature age is 21 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. Admission is based on your application and interview. All mature applicants must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age on or before 1.1.2018 for admission in 2018
  • Complete placement in a Tusla/DES notified setting (300 hours per academic year minimum working directly with children aged from birth to six years – own work setting acceptable). In each year students must complete 15 of these hours in an alternate setting. 
  • Possess sufficient language, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
  • Attend for interview if shortlisted
  • Undertake vetting by National Vetting Bureau 
  • Priority will be given to mature students who have experience of working with young children and who have completed Level 5 and/or Level 6 in early years studies.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
 
Vetting by the National Vetting Bureau required.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.
 
What happens after I have submitted my application?
Mature students who meet the application criteria will be shortlisted and invited to come to Maynooth University in March/April for an interview and will be advised accordingly

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 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Cert applicants are required to present 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish & English.
 
Vetting 
 
Offers of places on this programme are subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
 
New Maynooth Education
 
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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