BA EARLY CHILDHOOD - TEACHING AND LEARNING
The Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at NUI Maynooth and Early Childhood Ireland are in partnership offering this part-time honours degree. The programme in early childhood education was developed in response to the sector’s demand for flexible progression routes to degree level and as a consequence of relevant policy changes at national level.
The course is delivered over evenings, weekends and one-week blocks to facilitate adults who are unable to attend on a full-time basis during the day. With innovative features such as flexible delivery and modularisation, students may advance in a systematic and adult-focused way towards an early childhood degree.
This course requires 4 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of an entrance test.
Click here for further information on mature student entrance tests.
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 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports from the Access Office website.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1.
Offers of places, and full registration, are conditional on having a satisfactory outcome following Garda Vetting. For students over the age of 21, entry will be based on a personal statement, written questions and interview. Please note as this is a part time course tuition fees apply. The fee in 2013/2014 is €2,300.
|How to apply|
How to Apply
We welcome over 2,000 undergraduate students to our University each year:
School-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate
Mature students returning to education
EU/EFTA students who want to study in Ireland
International students from countries outside the EU
FETAC or BTEC major award recipients.
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong. Please visit "How to Apply" for further details.
If you are unsure about anything, just contact us. We are happy to help.
The degree programme is divided into a number of modules, with varying credit weightings. A module is a block of learning in which a particular topic is taught and assessed. Most modules are stand-alone and can be studied as separate blocks.
The modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and presentations. The degree is based on satisfactory attendance and the accumulation of credits, which are awarded on the successful completion of all assessments. Students must accumulate 180 credits to successfully obtain their honours degree.
Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is considered for exemption from a specific programme module.
Students must undertake work placements in a HSE/DES-notified early childhood setting for a minimum period. Placement hours will be dependent on recent relevant prior experience, and will be for a minimum of 600 hours over the three years of the programme. Students may use current HSE-notified early childhood work settings for the purpose of placements, with one block undertaken in a different setting. Where required, placements can be arranged in conjunction with the Programme Coordinator.
Each module on the degree programme is assessed. Assessment is continuous and, in general, methods include assignments, project work, written examinations, professional practice and presentations. All students must complete a dissertation in their final year.
Campus venue: In order to maximise student access to the combined services and expertise of the two institutions, the programme will be delivered across two locations: NUI Maynooth Campus and Early Childhood Ireland in Hainault House, Belgard Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. A new state-of-the-art €12m Education Building is planned for the NUI Maynooth Campus.
Duration: 3 years (part time)
|Career and postgraduate options|
The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning will position graduates to spearhead and lead learning in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) services. Graduates from this programme will lead curriculum development and implementation as part of a professional team working with children and their families.
Development agencies, national voluntary organisations, city and county childcare committees, statutory bodies and all other organisations involved in young children’s learning will provide areas for career opportunities.
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning provides opportunities for further study at Masters and PhD Level. Graduates are also eligible to apply for the Higher Diploma (Primary Teaching), subject to meeting the other requirements.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site