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CR 620

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 620
  • Field of StudyEarly Childhood Care and Education
  • Type of CourseDegree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Arts
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 366
  • CAO Cut offEntry 2019 Round 2: 356

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What is Early Childhood Education and Care?

There is an ever increasing demand for quality Preschool services in Ireland today and the BA in Early Early Childhood Education and Care provides specialised training, support, advice and information on best practice for the education and care of young children from 0 to 6 years with a view to supporting the development of an Early Childhood Education and Care workforce.


Work Placement

Central to the Early Childhood Education and Care Degree is the Professional Work Practice (PWP), i.e. a Placement experience of 12 weeks duration in both Years 2 and 3 of the course. This involves supervised hands-on experience in centres approved by the Institute, for example, Preschools, Naíonraí, Creches, Primary Schools, and Centre for Children with Special Educational Needs.

There is an option of international placements with partner organisations in other European countries.

There are 2 mandatory work placement experiences in this course

  • Year 2: 12 weeks
  • Year 3: 12 weeks


Further Study

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.


Question Time

On successful completion of CR620, am I fully qualified to work in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting?

Is there a pathway to primary school teaching from this course?
BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8) graduates are eligible to apply for the Professional Masters in Education (PME) in Primary Teaching, which is a 2-year Level 9 Qualification, as long as they present with the minimum Leaving Certificate requirement in Irish or suitable equivalent. The Department of Education and Skills recognises this PME to teach in Primary Schools.

How many places are available in Year 1?
There are 60 places.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • undergo a Garda Vetting process and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include English or Irish. There is no requirement for Mathematics. A Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

A number of places on the Bachelor Degree are usually available to mature students and other non-standard applicants. The Bachelor Degree is also available through ACCS on a modular study basis for persons working full time in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Prior to entry on this course it is advisable to obtain some practical work experience in an early years setting.

Garda Vetting

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust.


Offers of places on these designated programmes will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of the NVB's Procedure. Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

  1. to not register a student
  2. to remove an existing registered student
  3. to delay the student’s practice placement modules on course

In all circumstances, it is the applicant/student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/ cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending. For more information, please click here.

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Employment opportunities include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Children with additional needs
  • Children’s Residential Care Centres
  • Family and Community Support Centres


Employment opportunities include Early Years Education and Childcare; Children with Specific Learning Needs; Children’s Residential Care Centres; Family and Community Support Centres; and After School Services.


BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8) graduates are strongly positioned and fully qualified to take up management roles in each of the above settings.



Graduate Profile

Clíodhna Walsh

“Work experience, Creative Arts, small classes, and dedicated lecturers make this course the best of its kind. Graduates from this course have a new and different approach.


Group work and psychology played a major role in my personal and emotional growth as a childcare professional. The support from lecturers of this course is exceptional. They will go above and beyond their call of duty for their students. They are available for discussions, emails, and feedback to help you along, and their support enabled me to attain my first class honours degree.


I established my own business, a Naíonra. The Business Administration, Law in Early Years, and Business modules contributed to this accomplishment.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8)

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