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BA in Early Childhood Care & Education

Mary Immaculate College
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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BA in Early Childhood Care & Education

Program description

BA in Early Childhood Care & Education

The BA in Early Childhood Care and Education is a full-time, four-year, honours degree program (Level 8), designed to provide an exciting and challenging program 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.

Admission requirements

EU Applicants

You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying.

Non-EU Applicants

Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin.

Check your country on the website.

Application Information

Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the following requirements:

  • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
  • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application. Visit the website for English language requirements.
  • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
  • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

Intake onto this programme is once a year in September

You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying.

Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact MIC where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at MIC, i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third-level studies and would qualify for EU fees for example.

Visit the school's website for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status.

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Program content

Semester 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

  • Effective Pedagogy for Early Learning
  • Child Development
  • Child Health and Wellbeing 1
  • Creative Music-Making in Early Years Curricula
  • Professional Development 2

Semester 3

  • 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

  • Models of Curriculum
  • Educational Psychology
  • Language Acquisition and Early Literacy
  • Sociological and Global Perspectives in the Early Years
  • Professional Development 4

Semester 5

  • Professional Development 5
  • Off-Campus Semester

Semester 6

  • 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

  • Professional Development 6
  • Management 2: Early Childhood Education and Care Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Issues in Child Psychology
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy: Birth to Three

Semester 8

  • Professional Development 7
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy: Three to Six Years
  • Dissertation
  • Elective Module

Scholarships & funding

International scholarships are not available. Third-level education in Ireland is already heavily subsidised by the Government so our tuition fees are already lower than other countries and directly benefit the student.

Tuition fees

For information on undergraduate programme fees please visit the school's website.

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

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Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College (MIC), founded in 1898, is Ireland’s leading university-level College of Education and Humanities. The College has a growing and diverse community of almost 5,000 students, who are enrolled in undergraduate programs in Education, Liberal Arts, Contemporary and...

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Mary Immaculate College

South Circular Road
V94 VN26 Limerick

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