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Child Youth & Family Studies

What is the Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies programme about?

The Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies provides learners with a range of critical and analytical tools to enable them to manage and lead services that develop the potential of children, youth and families and envision new possibilities for better service provision in the sector. The programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the sector and to provide future leaders of Child, Youth and Family services in Ireland and abroad.

The programme aims to educate learners to high levels of contemporary and comparative theoretical awareness in fields central to services provision (transitions across the life span, cultural diversity, youth and families) and to create an atmosphere of rigorous academic enquiry and writing.

Learners will develop a deep and integrated knowledge of contemporary child, youth and family theory and practice, and the sector within which child, youth and family services operate.

Entry requirements

Programme participants are required to hold a Level 8 degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours) in the following areas:

• Early Childhood Education & Care
• Applied Social Studies
• Social & Community Studies
• Youth & Community

or a primary Level 8 degree in Social Sciences or cognate area (minimum 2nd class honours).

Candidates with significant experience in the social sciences (as determined by IT Carlow's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with IT Carlow's Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Duration

Carlow - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Wexford - 2 years part-time.
Wicklow - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

CWB03 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Full-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90
CWL09 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90
CWX01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies WEXFORD Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90
CWW01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies WICKLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90

CWB04 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Full-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60

CWX02 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies WEXFORD Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60

CWL10 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60

CWW02 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies WICKLOW Part-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to the development and planning of such services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision.

The programme will meet the needs of professionals who are already working in the area of social care/work, early education, youth and family work and related areas. It will also serve to provide new graduates with a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge prior to embarking on a career in these fields or in the field of academia.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of Child, Youth and Family Studies in both Irish and international Institutions.

Potential employment opportunities

• Community based organisations and projects both at a voluntary and statutory capacity

• National rights focused organisations and advisory groups

• Family support services

• Services catering for the care, education and advocacy of children and families in society.

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to development and planning for such services. Graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing services and programmes and to visualise future possibilities for better service provision.

Further enquiries

Carlow
Head Of Department – Humanities
Dr Eileen Doyle-Walsh
BA, MLitt, PhD
E: eileen.doyle@itcarlow.ie

Wexford
Deputy Head Of Campus
Dr Janette Davies
BSc, MA, PhD, MMII
E: janette.davies@itcarlow.ie

Wicklow
Lifelong Learning Manager
Dr Clare Power
BSc, DipHE, MSc, PhD
E: martin.meagher@itcarlow.ie

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?

Contemporary issues in Childhood &
Youth Studies
Applied Psychology
Perspectives on Family & Society
Leadership, Strategy & Governance
Research Methods & Dissertation

Elective Subjects
Addiction Studies
Adult and Community Education
Youth Justice
Child and Family Rights

Course fee

CWB03 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Full-time €5,500
CWL09 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Part-time €7,400*
CWX01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies WEXFORD Part-time €7,400*
CWW01 Master of Arts in Child, Youth and Family Studies WICKLOW Part-time €7,400*

CWB04 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Full-time €4,800
CWX02 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies WEXFORD Part-time €5,500
CWL10 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies CARLOW Part-time €5,500
CWW02 Postgraduate Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Studies WICKLOW Part-time €5,500

*Fees for ITC Major Award graduates only €5,500.

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Masters Programme Fee – €11,250

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