BA in Early Childhood Practice (Level 7)
The BA in Early Childhood Practice is a degree level, 180-credit programme jointly delivered over four semesters by both the Faculty of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and the Department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. On successful completion, participants will be conferred with a University of Limerick Level 7 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Practice. This programme has been designed specifically to upskill staff currently working in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector.
Key Features & Career Opportunities
This degree is designed specifically to upskill staff with a Level 6 qualification in childcare, currently working in Early Childhood settings around the Munster region.
The programme will be delivered in a blended format with one third comprising of face-to-face sessions and two thirds being delivered through an online/distance learning format. This allows you to access notes, presentations, reading, video and audio clips, activities etc at home in your own time. There will be dedicated times each week when you will participate in online discussions and tutorials from home. Classroom time will be blocked over a number of days per month and at weekends to accommodate applicants who are in full-time employment.
Suitably qualified graduates may progress to a Level 8 qualification (BA in Early Childhood Care and Education).
- Psychology and Development within Childhood
- Early Learning and Language Acquisition
- PE for Young Children
- Professional Development Portfolio
- Educational Psychology
- Child Health and Wellbeing
- Irish Early Years Curriculum Framework
- Professional Development A – Work Placement A
- Child and Family Law
- Early Learning and Language Development
- Critical Reflection on Professional Practice
- Research Methods in the Early Years
- Child, Family and Community
- The Role of Play in Development
- Professional Development B - Work Placement B
Structure & Delivery
The programme will run over four semesters. Alternate semesters will be delivered by the Department of Social Sciences at the IT Tralee and the Faculty of Education, MIC, Limerick, commencing in September with IT Tralee. Semester 1: Sept 2019-Jan 2020, will be delivered by ITT; Semester 2: Jan-May 2020, will be delivered by MIC; Semester 3: Sept 2020-Jan 2021 will again be delivered by ITT and Semester 4: from Jan-May 2021 be delivered by MIC.
Modules will comprise independent online study, online tutorials and classroom time. The technology used will be internet based so all you require is a good internet connection and a PC or laptop. You will be provided with support to use the online/blended content.
The total class contact hours per semester will be approximately 50. The group will meet approximately every 3-4 weeks. Contact hours will be blocked into either one evening/one half Saturday or two evenings or one weekend approximately every 3-4 weeks.
The assessment of practical professional practice is part of the programme and this can be achieved through your existing employment and contacts. The placement component will occur during both spring semesters for six hours per week over the course of 12 weeks.