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Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care QQI (Level 7)

Year 2 Entry

Why Study?: 

This three-year Bachelor of Arts award is designed to provide learners 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 course 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).  The Early Childhood Education and Care Sector has been a growth area over the last ten years.  

Evidence of expansion of the sector is the recent introduction by the Department of Child and Youth Affairs of a second National free pre-school year.  Therefore, employment opportunities appear positive in the short and medium term.  Graduates would have enhanced employability within the rapidly professionalising sector.  Furthermore graduates would be well-placed to occupy supervisory functions within the sector, in accordance with new funding requirements.

Programme Modules: 


Year 1 (entry in Year 2017/18 only via

  • Psychology and Child Development,
  • Importance of Play
  • Creativity and Language
  • Building and Managing Interpersonal Relationships
  • Exploring curriculum
  • Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • Health
  • Safety and Well-being
  • Practice Development 1


Year 2 (entry in Year 2016/2017)

  • Early Childhood Law supporting enquiry with children to enact the curriculum
  • Sociological discourses in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Childhood Development and Learning (under 3’s)
  • Diversity and Equality
  • Research with Children
  • Learning Environments
  • Practice Development 2


Year 3

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Trends in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Transitions in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Family-Centred Practice and Supports
  • Outdoor Education
  • Employment Law
  • Practice Development 3 – Action Research

Entry Requirements: 

GMIT are only accepting application into Year 2 & Year 3 of this programme in this Academic Year (2018/19).  Candidates must hold a QQI Level 6 relevant to Early Childhood Education and Care, be employed in the ECEC sector for a minimum of two years and currently employed for a minimum of 12 hours per week. 

Candidates must supply written confirmation from their employers that they are sanctioned to enrol and participate in the programme.  For applicants who are self-employed/owners of ECEC services they must declare this with their application.  Admission is in accordance with GMIT’s admissions policy.

FETAC Level 6 awards or UK/International equivalents which appear in the DCYA list of Early Years Recognised Qualifications are acceptable for submission to this programme.

Other Essential Information: 

Duration: Two afternoons per week, and two Saturdays per semester.

Time: 2-9pm – Semester I & II/Saturdays (10am – 4.45pm), and 12 hours supervised practice development

Start Date: Week commencing 17th September, 2018.


All existing Early Years Educators must have Garda Clearance and furnish GMIT Mayo with a copy of their clearance.  




Discipline: Nursing and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Category: Part-time Accredited


For an application form and further details please contact:

Joanne Doherty 

Phone: + 353 (0) 94 904 3117

eMail:  Joanne Doherty

Places: 30