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BA in Early Childhood

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Year 2 Entry)

Year 2 Entry

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: See Other Essential information

Places: 30



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 2019/20 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 2019/2020)

  • 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

Essential Information: 

Apply online via the GMIT website here.


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

Time: 2-8pm – Semester I & II/Saturdays (10am – 4pm), and 12 hours supervised practice development.

Start Date: Week commencing 9th September, 2019.


Entry Requirements

GMIT are only accepting application into Year 2, Year 3  and Year 4 of this programme in this Academic Year (2019/20).  Candidates must hold a QQI Level relevant to Early Childhood Education and Care and there is a practice placement of 12 hours per week. 

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 for year 2 entry.

Contact Us

For further information please contact:

Joanne Doherty 

Phone: + 353 (0) 94 904 3117

eMail:  Joanne Doherty