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Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC)

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  • Programme Overview

    The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme (LINC) is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education) that is designed to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in the early years. Once qualified, graduates will perform the role of Inclusion Coordinator while working within their early years setting and have ECCE Room Leader status. LINC is offered by a consortium led by Mary Immaculate College, and including Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University – The Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.

    Key Features

    The development of the programme is part of a government response to local, national and international demands for high quality education and training leading towards graduate pathways in the combined field of early childhood care and education (ECCE). The programme—funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA)—seeks to address the need for continuing professional development (CPD) in relation to the inclusion of children with additional needs.

    LINC is mostly delivered online i.e. participants watch lessons and interact with the tutors who teach the programme using forums and our online learning platform called Moodle. There are seven face-to-face classroom sessions throughout the year.

    The programme is multi award-winning; In 2017, it received an Education Award in the Best Online Learning Experience Category and in 2018, won the prestigious Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

    Early years settings that employ an Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) who has graduated from LINC will receive an extra €2 per week in capitation per ECCE-eligible child in a preschool room, where the child is on an ECCE/CCS/TEC programme.

    Aims & Objectives

    • To equip participants with the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies to support the participation of children with additional needs in early years settings.
    • To prepare participants to adopt a leadership role within early years settings that enables them to support and supervise other staff in the setting to plan for, implement and review inclusive practice.
    • To support participants to develop their professional knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies in relation to the inter-related areas, which comprise the programme modules, with a particular focus on embedding inclusive practice in Aistear – The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, the National Quality Framework. 
    • To deliver on-going support in study skills and information and communication technology (ICT) for participants.

    For more information, see the dedicated LINC website here.

    Contact

    Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme

    T: +353 61 204545

    E: LINC@mic.ul.ie

    W: www.lincprogramme.ie

    Programme Content

    The programme comprises six modules which will be delivered over three semesters (autumn, spring and summer). Based on the blended learning model, each module will involve online learning plus one Saturday classroom session. The table below provides a summary of module titles, their associated European credit transfers (ECTS) and the semester in which they will be delivered.

    A mentoring visit to participants’ ECCE settings will also be provided to support learners’ professional learning in leading the inclusion of children with additional needs in the early years.

    A range of assessment techniques will be employed, including coursework; quizzes; reflective diaries and development of materials related to specific modules. Assessments will focus very specifically on supporting learners in linking their practical knowledge of working in ECCE settings to the module content.

    Module Title, ECTS & Semester Delivered
    Inclusion in Early Years Settings: Concepts and Strategies (12 ECTS): Autumn
    Child Development (6 ECTS): Autumn
    Promoting Collaborative Practice for Inclusion in ECCE (12 ECTS): Spring
    Curriculum for Inclusion (6 ECTS): Spring
    Leadership for Inclusion (12 ECTS): Summer
    Portfolio Module (12 ECTS): Summer

    For Module Outlines, see LINC website here.

    Entry Requirements

    Candidates must be:

    • Working within a setting that holds a contract to deliver the ECCE/CCS/TEC programme, funded by the DCYA, that does not already have an Inclusion Coordinator (only one INCO is allowed per setting).
    • Nominated by settings must hold a Level 5 Major Award in a relevant area. Settings must attach a copy (e.g. scan/photo) of their candidate’s certificate when submitting the application form online.

    Applicants with qualifications at an equivalent or higher level to the programme (Level 6 or above) may seek exemptions for two of the six modules (Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion)

    For more information, see the LINC website here.

     

    How to Apply

    Opening Date for Applications: March 2019

    Fees: The LINC programme is fully funded by the DCYA so it is free to participate in (only settings that hold a contract to deliver the ECCE/CCS/TEC programme, funded by the DCYA are eligible to nominate a candidate). 

    There is a once-off payment of €200 to each participating eligible student to assist in covering expenses.

    Applications are made online here.

    Contact
    Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme
    +353 61 204545

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