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BA EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING & LEARNING (FLEXIBLE)

Qualification : BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH004

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2022

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Part time, Level 8, honours degree, catering for those currently working in the ECEC sector. Those aspiring to enter the Early Childhood Education and Care sector from Leaving Certificate or further education paths may be interested in the full-time programme MH003.

Why choose this degree?

  • The programme is closely linked with Early Childhood Education and Care practice, and its lecturers are experienced in the development, delivery and advocacy of Early Childhood Education and Care. The unique partnership between Maynooth University and Early Childhood Ireland ensures unparalleled support in linking theory and practice for excellence in ECEC.
  • Work placements take place in Tusla-notified Early Childhood Education and Care settings. Those working in the sector may use their workplace as their placement setting. However alternative placements are also required each year.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning is a progressive Level 8 degree, supporting the development of outstanding early childhood educators.
  • This degree offers graduates the option of progressing their careers in varied professional roles.
  • This programme is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (instituted to review Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care Sector) as meeting the requirements of the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines standards.

Course structure

> This flexible degree will prepare you for a range of leadership roles in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector

Possible topics 1st year

> This programme is designed for Early Years Educators working in early childhood education and care settings. Applicants with a Level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care may apply for exemption from year 1.

> Those aspiring to enter the Early Childhood Education and Care sector from Leaving Certificate or further education paths may be interested in the full-time programme MH003.

Possible topics 2nd year
> Reflective Practice: Integrating Theory & Practice  10ECTS
> Learning And Development - Perspectives Trimester(T)  5 ECTS
> Building Relationships With Children, Families & Communities  5 ECTS
> Play 5 ECTS
> Health & Well-Being for Young Children  5 ECTS
> Philosophy, Culture & Constructs Of Early Childhood Care & Education  5 ECTS
> Exploring Curricula & Pedagogy  5 ECTS
> Professional Practice: Focus On Interactions & Relationships 20 ECTS

Possible topics 3rd year

> Reflective Practice: Educator as Change Agent

> Early Childhood Learning & Development in Context (birth – 6yrs)

> Inclusive Practices for Children and Families

> Supporting Creativity and Imagination

> Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

> Pedagogical Documentation & Assessment

> Establishing Quality Indoor and Outdoor Environments in Early Childhood

> Professional Development and Professional Placement 3

Possible topics 4th year

> Reflective Practice: Research and Methodology

> Early Childhood Learning & Development Challenges birth – 6yrs

> Leadership & Management in Early Childhood Education & Care

> Social Justice, Ethics and Diversity

> Transitions in Early Childhood Education & Care

> Dominant Discourse/Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education & Care

> STEAM in Early Childhood Education & Care

> Professional Development and Professional Placement 4

Course Duration: 4 years (part time).

Graduates emerge as early years teaching professionals. Career progression within this sector for those with a level 8 Early Childhood degree is expanding rapidly within and beyond Early Childhood Education and Care settings to include opportunities within policy development and evaluation agencies within government departments, semi-state bodies and NGO’s.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning positions graduates to spearhead and lead learning in Early Childhood Education and Care services. Graduates may also take up roles with local development agencies within the early childhood sector, both nationally and internationally.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

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  application and interview. All mature applicants must:
  • Be at least 21 years of age on or before 1.1.2022 for admission in September 2022
  • Complete placement in a Tusla notified setting (420 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 placement in an alternate setting. 
  • Possess sufficient language, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
  • Attend for interview if invited
  • 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 6 in early years studies or equivalent.
Apply to the CAO Advanced Entry portal by February 1st 2022. 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 2022.
 
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 may be invited to interview.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), please contact the Access Office

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

Additional Information

Applicants with a level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care may apply for exemption from year 1.

Leaving Certificate: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish and English. 

Please note that applications for the BA Early Childhood - Teaching & Learning (flexible) degree (CAO Code MH004) must be made through the Advanced Entry portal on the CAO application website.

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Please note that applications for the BA Early Childhood - Teaching & Learning (flexible) degree (CAO Code MH004) must be made through the Advanced Entry portal on the CAO application website. Applicants with a level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care may apply for exemption from year 1.

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

Categories of applicant:

  • Mature students (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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