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Childhood & Adolescent Studies

Programme Overview:
The Masters in Childhood and Adolescent Studies is specifically designed for those who want to develop higher order skills and competence in the areas of childhood and adolescent care. On completion of the programme, learners will have developed higher order competencies to facilitate theoretical understanding and practical engagement in childhood and adolescent areas of practice. Graduates will also become complex consumers of evidence based practice and be prepared to assume leadership roles working with children and adolescents. Participants will have a critical awareness of current discourses within the area of Childhood and Adolescent Care and the capacity to generate new insights within these fields.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.2) at Level 8,or its equivalent in a related discipline. The nature of the programme allows for the consideration of candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Those with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview.

All applicants are expected to be fluent and competent in both written and spoken English. In the case of overseas applications, students will have to provide certification of competency in English indicating a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS.


This programme can be completed over I or more years full or part-time

Careers or further progression

Academic Progression: Graduates who successfully complete this programme may pursue Doctoral programmes (level 10 on NFQ) at other colleges and universities in both Ireland and abroad.

Career Opportunities: Graduates can expect extended opportunities for employment in areas specialising in childhood & adolescent psychotherapeutic practice. Graduates are expected to act as leaders or partners in multi-disciplinary teams within the statutory, private and commercial sectors dealing with a wide range of complex issues that require professional intervention.

Further enquiries

Further Information:
Admissions Office
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences , Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park , Castletroy, Limerick

Telephone: 061 216288 Website:
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Subjects taught

Module Title Credits

Understanding Childhood and Youth Development Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Supporting Child and Adolescent Transitioning Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Engaging in Childhood and Adolescent Practices Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Early Childhood Education and Care 5 Credits 70 Continuous Assessment 30 Terminal Assets
Principles and Practices of Childhood and Adolescent Education
Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Evidence Based Practice and Research 5 100 Continuous Assessment
Research Methods and Design Credits 5 Project100
Elective Module Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Practicum Credits 20 Continuous Assessment 100
Dissertation Credits 30 Continuous Assessment 100


Teaching and Learning Approach: The course uses both direct provision and blended learning: In the vast majority of cases students can access courses using any one of 3 approaches— By going to class, on line or by viewing podcasts of the individual class sessions. However in specific modules classroom attendance is a requirement.

Assessment method

Assessment: The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme requires learners to undertake a range of practical assignment, essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.

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