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BA in Early Childhood Care & Education (MI007)

CAO Minimum Entry 2019: 366 points
Places Offered: Up to 80
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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.

    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
    • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • The Pedagogy of Early Childhood; Curriculum Guidelines
    • Early Childhood Education and Care Leadership and Management
    • Including Children with Special Needs in the Early Years
    • Professional Development

    Professional Placement & Study Abroad

    Placement opportunities are provided for students in a variety of settings such as playgroups, day-care centres, crèches, Early Start Units and pre-schools throughout the duration of the programme. Additionally Off-Campus Placement takes place in Semester 5, 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.

    Students may study abroad at one of Mary Immaculate College’s partner universities, which is a safe and well supported means of gaining valuable international experience. Through the Erasmus+ programme, BA ECCE students are provided with an opportunity to study in Denmark or Norway during their off-campus placement. Alternatively, BA ECCE students may opt to undertake an Erasmus+ work placement in Europe. Financial assistance from the Erasmus+ programme is currently available to such students. Study abroad opportunities at North American and Australian universities are also a very popular option. MIC has exchange partnerships with universities across the USA.

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

    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. Graduates of the programme also meet the eligibility criteria to work as pre-school inspectors and early years inspectors in Ireland.

    Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

    MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, five First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the BA in Early Childhood Care and Education programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

    Contact

    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 2
    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)
    Historical Perspectives in the Early Years
    Sociological and Global Perspectives in the Eary Years
    Curriculum Guidelines for the Early Years (3-6 years)
    Dissertation 1
    Professional Development 7
    Semester 8 (Year 4)
    Including Children with Special Educational Needs in the Early Years
    Professional Development 8
    Dissertation 2
    Teaching and Learning for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    Early Childhood Care and Educational Management

    *Semester 7 and Semester 8 modules are changing in the Academic Year 2020/21

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include Mathematics, Gaeilge or another language, and English, and must achieve the following:

    • Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in at least two subjects
    • Grade O6/H7 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects

    Minimum Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics satisfies the minimum entry requirements; Foundation Mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

    Language Waivers: Please contact the MIC Access Office for information on Language Exemptions; Access/Disability Officer Maura Moore is available on +353 61 204927 / Maura.Moore@mic.ul.ie. Deadlines apply.

    Candidates may fulfil minimum and additional entry requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.

    Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

    Link modules will be accepted for points purposes but they will not qualify as a subject for matriculation purposes.

    GCE/GCSE Applicants

    For further information about minimum grades and entry requirements, please contact the MIC Admissions Office at E: Admissions@mic.ul.ie.

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

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

    A limited number of places per year will be awarded to applicants through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), which gives learners the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 major award to apply, through the CAO, for a place on a higher education programme. Entry requirements vary for each degree programme.

    Please see this Quick Guide for more information on the entry requirements for each of MIC’s programmes (page 14-25).

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

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

    Up to 10% of places will be available each year for two special entry routes into the second year of the BA in Early Childhood Care and Education programme. Please note that if more than 10% wish to transfer into the second year of the programme, a selection procedure will be implemented.

    Important Note: Students applying for direct entry to Year 2 of the BA ECCE have to pay an application fee (€50) using Realex here. If your payment is successful, you will receive an email confirmation. Please keep this for your own records. 

    Route 1

    Applicants with the following qualifications or equivalent will be eligible for consideration for entry to the second year of the BA ECCE.

    1.

    • Full-time Diplomas of DIT or HETAC
    • Diploma in Pre-School Care and Education
    • Diploma in Social Care
    • Diploma in Humanities in Montessori Education

    Or

    2. Two year full-time certificate in pre-school care from HETAC/NCEA or DIT with Merit or Distinction

    Or

    3. CACHE Diploma holders (full time two-year course) - Grade A or B overall

    Or

    4. Two year full-time or three year part-time Irish St Nicholas Montessori Qualification with an award of Distinction or Highly Commended.

    Or

    5. The AMI Montessori Diploma (two year full time) with a minimum of 2 Grade C’s and 1 Grade B in the written theory exam, the written practical exam and the oral practical exam

    Application Form available by clicking here. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 26 April 2019.

    Route 2

    The Advanced Certificate in Supervision in Childcare

    Applicants who have completed this certificate must have achieved distinctions in the following core and elective modules: 

    Core Modules

    • D30005: Child Development
    • D30176: Early Childhood Programmes
    • D30177: Social and Legal Issues
    • D30178: Supervision in Childcare

    Elective Modules

    • D20007: Early Childhood Education
    • D20159: Caring For Children (0-6)

    The Early Childhood Care and Education

    Applicants must hold a full FETAC Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education Award. A full award consists of 120 credits and 8 modules.

    One distinction is required in each of the following modules:

    • 6N1942: Child Development
    • 6N1944: Early Childhood Curriculum
    • 6N1945: Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies

    One distinction is required in one of the following modules:

    • 6N1946: Work Experience
    • 6N1947: Work Practice

    One distinction is required in one of the following modules:

    • 6N1948: Team Leadership
    • 6N1949: Personal and Professional Development
    • 6N1950: Communications

    Application Form available by clicking here.  Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 26 April 2019.

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

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

    If you are at least 23 years old on the 1 January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature applicant. All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI007 will be invited to attend for an interview and a short written test.

    Mature students who do not meet the normal minimum entry requirements will be considered for admission if, having attended for interview and written test, they satisfy the College as to their ability to benefit from and sustain participation in the BA Programme(s) applied for. Mature applicants who have completed an interview and written test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being considered for a place and all places will then be offered by the CAO.

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

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

    For further information about this programme and applying as an international applicant, click here; for International Fees, click here

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204328 / 774790. 

    Fees & Grants

    Fees

    Tuition fees may be paid in respect of full-time undergraduate students undertaking approved courses in eligible institutions. Details of the Free Fees criteria are listed here.

    If you do not qualify for free fees, undergraduate tuition fees and other charges may apply. See Undergraduate Fees here.

    Grants

    Students apply for a grant through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) and if they meet certain criteria, they may be eligible for full or partial financial support.

    Before applying at www.susi.ie, please review the criteria carefully.

    Contact
    MIC Admissions Office
    +353 61 204348

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