Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care
This three-year Bachelor of Arts award on the Mayo Campus is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in Early Childhood Education and Care. The programme aims to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competencies required for autonomous working practice in Early Childhood Education and Care.
A child-led transformational philosophy will underpin the programme to build authentic reciprocal relationships with children, parents, colleagues, the community, and other professionals. The programme is based on the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) and Aistear, The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009).
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; Mayo and Galway
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
Application date opens from 1st January 2022
You can apply for advanced entry at http://www.gmit.ie/transfer-add
Closing date for advanced entry applications is 31st May 2022. Applications received after this date will only be considered if places remain available.
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Why Study this course?
The BA in Early Childhood Education and Care at GMIT is officially recognised as meeting the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines for initial professional education (Level 7 and 8) new degree programmes beginning in 2021 and later, for the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland which have been published by the Minister of Education and Skills.
Linking Learning to practice
These programmes offer students an opportunity to learn the theory which supports their practice in early childhood education and care services. Learners undertake 12 hours practice placement in ECEC settings per week.
Susi funding applies to eligible applicants.