The programme is delivered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland; a leading organisation in Ireland focused on the development, delivery and advocacy of early childhood care and education. Offered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland this is a part-time, level 8 honours degree, which is delivered over evenings, some Saturdays and two one-week blocks.
- The programme was originally designed to provide flexible learning opportunities for those already working in Tusla-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.
- Work placements take place in Tusla-notified early childhood settings.
- It is a flexible and progressive part-time level 8 degree where relevant prior learning is recognised.
- You would like the option of progressing your career in early childhood in varied professional roles.
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 notified setting service (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 an additional 15 hours in an alternate setting. Students can source their own placement once it is in a Tusla notified setting. However, our placement coordinator will also support students with placement.
- Each module will involve written assignments and classroom-based work.
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
- Be at least 21 years of age on or before 1.1.2021 for admission in September 2021
- Complete placement in a Tusla 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 an additional 15 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.
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), please contact the Access Office.
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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