Early Childhood Education & Care

What is this programme about?
This programme provides an opportunity for students to study for a one-year Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. This programme is being offered as a direct response to the introduction of the free school year in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECCE scheme) by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and to address the upskilling needs of the sector. This programme is designed for graduates who are working in the Early Childcare sector and who do not hold the necessary qualification for the ECCE scheme. All successful applicants will have to complete 500 hours of Supervised Professional Practice as part of this Higher Diploma.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration for this Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, an applicant must hold a minimum Level 7 relevant major qualification and be working in the early year's sector. Garda vetting is required for this programme. Offers are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements. All applicants will be considered on a caseby- case basis. The Faculty reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Assessment Info

Exam information
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2019. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2020.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?

Pedagogy & Curriculum
Outdoor & After School
Education & Care
Children's Literature in Early Childhood
Literacy, Numeracy, Science & Technology in Early Childhood Education & Care
Leading Contemporary & Quality Practice
Visual Arts in Early Childhood
Work based learning for ECEC
Philosophy in Early Childhood Education

Credits

CWL28 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 8 Credits 60

CWW09 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care WICKLOW Part-time NFQ Level 8 Credits 60

CWX08 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care WEXFORD Part-time NFQ Level 8 Credits 60

Duration

1 year part-time

Locations
Carlow
Wicklow
Wexford

Fees

CWL28 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care CARLOW Part-time €2,500
CWW09 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care WICKLOW Part-time €2,500
CWX08 Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care WEXFORD Part-time €2,500

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Higher Diploma Programme Fee – €10,250

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion of this programme, students will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills in early childhood education and care to enable them to make a professional contribution to early childhood education & care, nationally and internationally.

Special Features of this programme
All learners must complete 500 hours of supervised professional practice in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector as part of this programme.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    HDip

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Evening

  • Apply to

    PAC