Course Description

BA in Applied Early Childhood Education [Advanced Entry to Year 2 Only]

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)



The BA in Applied Early Childhood Education [Year 2 Advanced Entry available only] is a two-year part-time course designed for people who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. The course focuses on the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old. The aim of the course is the development of high-skilled professional educators for the future who specialise in early childhood education.


Course Code DK_NAECS_7
College Name Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)
Course Category Child Development, Education
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Course Location Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Course Fee €2500 per annum
Course Duration 2 years
Course Times The course takes place over 2 years for students who gain advanced entry to Stage 2. Learners will be expected to attend DkIT OR Cork College of Commerce two evenings a week (6.00pm-9.30pm) and one Saturday in three (full day) in DkIT (or Cork College of Commerce). As the course progresses the attendance will be reduced to one day a week with the remainder of the course delivered using a blended learning approach. Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course. In Stage 2, Semester 2 of the course, students will be required to undertake a full time 5-day work placement in a Special Needs setting. The placement site for this mandatory practice is organized by DkIT.
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology - Awarding Body
Title of Awarding BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies
Entry Requirements For Advanced Entry to Stage 2, candidates must have: * QQI Level 5 AND Level 6 OR * QQI (FETAC) Level 6 only (if awarded since 2015) in Early Childhood Studies or equivalent and have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered 'early child care service (minimum of 15 hours per week). All eligible candidates will be interviewed. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Level of academic performance in the QQI (FETAC 6) modules, length of work experience and position in employment will be used as ranking criteria in the shortlisting process. Work Experience while undertaking the B.A (Hons) in Applied Early Childhood Studies Applicants must have access to a Tusla registered early childhood service (minimum of 15 hours per week) or work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes. Applications will not be accepted without a written confirmation from the applicant’s organisation covering each of the points below: *Details of the organisation for which the applicant is working in *Details of the length of time the applicant has been working in the organisation *Details of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant in the organisation in the time-frame stated above, including promotions and progressions, clearly indicating the specific nature of the applicants' current role. * Agreement from their organisation that the applicant, throughout their course of study, will be facilitated to integrate theory with practice to meet the different module learning outcomes, with particular reference to the Applied Professional Practice modules. Professional practice (fieldwork) is a part of the course. With the exception of the «Special Needs» module, professional practice will be assessed in the applicants own work place. For all applicants, Police/Garda vetting, Hepatitis B vaccination and up-to-date First Aid Certificate will be required as conditions of the course.
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