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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.
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
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.
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.