Full time, Level 8, honours degree, catering for those aspiring to enter the Early Childhood Education and Care sector from Leaving Certificate, further education or mature student paths. Those currently working in the ECEC sector may be interested in the flexible BA in Early Chidhood Teaching and Learning (MH801).
Why choose this degree?
>The programme is closely linked with Early Childhood Education and Care practice, and its staff are experienced in the development, delivery and advocacy of Early Childhood Care and Education.
>Work placements take place in Tusla-notified Early Childhood Education and Care settings. The total hours of placement each year is 420 hours in total. This is normally done on either one or two days per week, as well as block placements (one or two weeks at a time). Normally students access their own Tusla notified setting using their own contacts but in the event that this is not possible the University makes the necessary arrangements.
>It is a progressive Level 8 degree, supporting the development of outstanding early childhood educators.
>You would like the option of progressing your career in early childhood in varied professional roles.
This full-time degree will prepare you to spearhead and lead learning and development in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
Reflective Practice: Educator as Learner > Introduction to Child Psychology > Introduction to Social and Legal Studies > Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy > Health and Well-being for Infants and Toddlers > Inclusion in Early Childhood Education > Philosophy, Culture and Constructs of Early Childhood Education and Care > Professional Practice 1 >
> Reflective Practice: Integrating Theory & Practice > Learning & Development Practices (Birth to 6 years) > Play > Health and Well-Being for Young Children > Children’s Spaces > Building Relationships with Children, Families and Communities > Exploring Curricula & Pedagogy > Professional Practice 2
> Reflective Practice: Educator as Change Agent > Learning & Development in Context > Social Justice, Ethics & Diversity > Supporting Creativity & Imagination > Social & Legal Context of Childhood > Community as Context > Supporting Enquiry/Enacting the Curriculum > Professional Practice 3
> Reflective Practice: Educator as Action Researcher > Learning & Development: Challenges > Leadership and Management > Transitions in the Early Years > Dominant Discourses in Early Childhood Education and Care > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment > Literacy Numeracy and Scientific Enquiry > Professional Practice 4
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
- Be at least 23 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
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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