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BA in Early Childhood Care & Education (International)

Note: This programme page is for international students only; information for CAO applicants has a separate page labelled with a CAO code.
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  • Programme Overview

    The BA in Early Childhood Care and Education is a full-time, four-year, honours degree programme (Level 8), designed to provide an exciting and challenging programme for those interested in working with young children, from birth to six years of age, in a range of educational settings. It provides excellent training and a highly-regarded qualification in this most rewarding area, and was developed in response to contemporary developments in the field of early years education both in Ireland and internationally.

    BA in Early Childhood Care and Education

    The Importance of Formative Years

    The College recognises that quality provision in the early years is crucial in facilitating each child’s development towards their full potential. According to Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Years’ Education: “The competencies, qualifications, dispositions and experience of adults, in addition to their capacity to reflect upon their role, are essential in supporting and ensuring quality experiences for each child. This demanding and central role in the life of the young child needs to be appropriately resourced, supported and valued.” (Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education, 2006). The benefits accruing from quality early childhood care and education apply to all children, but as research shows, the benefits are particularly significant for children with additional needs and children from areas of socio-economic disadvantage. This programme focuses on the holistic care and education of young children in a variety of settings.

    The programme is multidisciplinary in design and offers students the opportunity to become specialists in the care and education of young children from birth to six years of age. Specialisation in the combined areas of care and education demands a deep knowledge of both theory and practice.

    Modules

    Subjects covered will include:

    • Child Health & Well-being
    • Language Development in Early Childhood
    • Child Development
    • The Role of Play in Development
    • Educational Psychology
    • Child, Family and Community
    • Creativity
    • Language Acquisition and Early Literacy
    • Understanding and Accommodating Diversity
    • The Pedagogy of Early Childhood; Curriculum Guidelines
    • Legal Issues
    • Professional Development

    A particular focus of the programme is providing students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in the early years.

    Experience in Early Years settings
    Experience in Early Years settings
    Possible placements include day-care centres, crèches, pre-schools and primary schools

    Professional Placement

    Placement opportunities are provided for students in a variety of settings such as playgroups, day-care centres, crèches, Early Start Units, pre-schools and primary schools throughout the duration of the programme. Additionally Off-Campus Placement takes place in Semester 6, which enables students to experience national and international early education workplaces. These placements will allow students an opportunity to learn from experience through supervised work practice. Allied to experiential learning, this provides a valuable opportunity for students to engage in reflective practice.

    Semester 5 of the BA ECCE Programme offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through extended work-based learning in an Irish or international context. Students are encouraged to spend this semester in another country so that they can experience and understand the Early Childhood Care and Education systems and policies of other countries and expand their knowledge and skills. Among the many benefits of studying abroad are:

    • Enriching a primary degree with a global perspective
    • Developing independent thinking and resilience

    A distinctive CV displaying adaptability, cultural awareness, and risk-taking, all essential attributes in today’s workplace.

    Career Opportunities

    There is a growing awareness in Ireland of the need for high calibre professionals to provide young children with the best possible care and education. Graduates may pursue leadership roles in both the private and public sector where high quality childcare provision is required. As specialists in Early Childhood Care and Education, graduates of this programme may find employment as managers, directors, coordinators or facilitators in a wide range of early years settings. The first cohort of BA ECCE students graduated in October 2007 and they have since taken up employment in such areas as managerial roles in playschools, daycare settings, Early Start Units, family centres as well as policy development roles and research roles within various Government bodies. Following the Irish Government’s introduction of the provision of a free year of pre-school education, job opportunities for graduates of this course are expected to continue to increase.

    Diverse Career Options
    Diverse Career Options
    Graduates of this programme may find employment in a wide range of early years settings

    Admissions Enquiries

    MIC Admissions Office

    T: +353 61 204348

    E: Admissions@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    Structure

    The BA in Early Childhood Care and Education programme features a varied range of innovative 'educare' modules.

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    Foundation Studies in Early Childhood Care and Education
    Child, Family and Community 1
    Language Development in Early Childhood
    The Role of Play in Development
    Professional Development 1
    Semester 2 (Year 1)
    Effective Pedagogy for Early Learning
    Child Development
    Child Health and Wellbeing 1
    Creative Music-Making in Early Years Curricula
    Professional Development 2
    Semester 3 (Year 2)
    Child, Family and Community 1
    Child Health and Wellbeing 2
    Creativity
    The Early Years: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and Analysis
    Professional Development 3
    Semester 4 (Year 2)
    Models of Curriculum
    Educational Psychology
    Language Acquisition and Early Literacy
    Sociological and Global Perspectives in the Early Years
    Professional Development 4
    Semester 5 (Year 3)
    Professional Development 5
    Off-Campus Semester*
    Semester 6 (Year 3)
    STEM in the Early Years
    Management 1: Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care Management
    Research Methods
    Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Professional Practice
    Including Children with Special Needs in the Early Years
    Semester 7 (Year 4)
    Sociological and Global Perspectives in the Early Years
    Advanced Issues in Psychology
    Curriculum and Pedagogy: Birth to Three Years
     
    Professional Development 7
    Semester 8 (Year 4)
    Curriculum and Pedagogy: Birth to Three Years
    Professional Development 8
    Dissertation
    Elective

    Note: In some cases, international students may not be required to spend a semester off-campus.

    How to Apply

    EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying on Admissions@mic.ul.ie or on +353 61 204348 / 204929.

    Non-EU Applicants

    Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on International@mic.ul.ie or +353 61 204988 / 774790.

    Fees: Click here.

    Federal Aid: Click here.

    Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the following requirements:

    • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
    • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
    • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application.
    • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
    • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

    USA Entry & Visa Requirements

    • High school graduation diploma with GPA of 3.0 or above that includes English, another language and mathematics.
    • SAT score in the range of 1240 to 1600 (new 3-component SAT) including 530 or above in Math and 480 or above in Critical Reading/Writing or a minimum ACT score of 25.
    • Particular programmes at MIC require applicants to have passed Advance Placement tests or Sat II tests in specific subjects.

    You do not require a visa to study in Ireland. However, you will be required to register with the Immigration Officer in Limerick within one month of arrival in Ireland. Full details on how to register will be given to you during orientation.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. 

    Garda Vetting /Criminal Records Bureau Check (for UK students)

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda Vetting/CRB checking process.

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