Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care
This degree provides experiences, insights and knowledge into early childhood education and care. Early childhood educators work with children from infancy to primary school. Our programme aims to develop well-informed, articulate professionals who are passionate about early childhood education and care.
There is a strong focus on play and learning, the close relationship to nature and outdoor experiences and children’s rights to participation. This firm academic foundation is cemented by a strong emphasis on practical application of theory.
Students will spend 12 hours weekly in practice placement in order to provide them with an opportunity to link theory to practice. Students receive on-going support through placement by an experienced educator. See brochure here.
Advanced Entry to Year 2
If you hold a QQI FET Level 6 major award you are eligible for consideration to enter directly into the second year of ECEC programme on the Mayo or Galway campus.
Application for direct entry to second year is by direct application.
How to Apply - Year Two Advanced Entry
You can apply for advanced entry at http://www.gmit.ie/transfer-add
Closing date for advanced entry applications is 31st May 2022.
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Why Study this course?
Graduates emerge as early years professionals who can access a range of career opportunities working in early childhood settings.
A unique feature of this undergraduate degree is that work placement is an integral part of each week with learners spending 12 hours per week on placement over the duration of the programme.
In March 2021, this degree was officially recognised as meeting the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education (Level 7 and Level 8) Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care Sector in Ireland.