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Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Add-on) in Early Childhood Education and Care

This one year add-on honours degree allows students to progress from a Level 7 degree to a Level 8 honours degree in the area of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Discipline: Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year add-on

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: A Level 7 Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care

Places: 40

Fee: 

Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

https://www.gmit.ie/general/what-are-fees

Why Study?

GMIT Mayo campus in Castlebar, County Mayo offers a one year full time QQI Level 8 BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care.  The programme provides flexible learning to students who have a QQI Level 7 and wish to upskill.  It is designed also for those already working in Early Childhood Centres as it is delivered over two afternoons per week and two Saturdays per semester allowing you to work and study simultaneously.

The QQI Level 8 offers a contemporary and dynamic approach to professional development in the early years sector. The course is designed to further enhance students’ knowledge, skills and competencies in order to be effective leaders and managers in a rapidly changing sector. The add-on Level 8 builds on the aims and objectives of the QQI Level 7 BA in Early Childhood Care and Education. A child-led transformational philosophy will underpin the programme to build authentic reciprocal relationships with children, parents, colleagues, the community and other professionals.

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Programme Modules

Year 4

  •  Empowering Human Relationships Across Developmental Contexts
  •  Innovative Practices in Creativity
  •  Management for the ECEC sector
  •  Reflective Practice
  •  Critical Perspectives on Neurodiversity
  •  Nature and Place
  •  Digital Technology and Digital Childhoods
  •  Practice Development 4 – Support, Supervision and Wellbeing

Electives (3 streams)

  •  Literacy and Numeracy in ECEC / School Age Childcare
  •  Enterprise Project / Accounting for Entrepreneurs
  •  Research Project

Practice Development
Practice development is an integral part of the BA in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Our learners undertake 12 hours practice development per week, in an Early Years setting, which allows you to apply what you have learned in a real-world environment.
Garda vetting is required.

Career Opportunities

There is growing recognition that Early Childhood Education and Care is a distinctive specialty with its own career pathways. It will offer enhanced employability within the rapidly professionalising sector, furthermore, the degree will offer graduates a gateway to a number of careers including:

  •  Early Childhood Educator
  •  Manager in an Early Childhood Centre
  •  Pedagogical leader in an Early Childhood Centre
  •  Early Years Inspector
  •  Early Years Specialist
  •  Entrepreneur in the ECEC field
  •  Research in the ECEC field

Opportunities also exist for further education at masters level to pursue careers in research, psychology, speech and language therapy, primary teaching among others.

Essential Information: 

What’s special about this programme?
The programme provides flexible learning to students who have a QQI Level 7 and wish to upskill.  It is designed also for those already working in Early Childhood Centres allowing you to work and study simultaneously.

Practice Development
Practice development is an integral part of the BA in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Study environment
The college campus is situated in the centre of Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The town has a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, a cinema and several other leisure opportunities. Our campus building is a charming mixture of old and new and there are around 800 students.

Our campus is known and loved for its friendly and informal atmosphere, which is highly appreciated by our learners.
Teaching methods include:

  •  Lectures
  •  Group work
  •  Student presentations
  •  Project oriented learning

The campus offers students opportunities to join a wide range of clubs and societies, exploring and participating in many interests. GMIT Clubs and Societies promote community and student involvement and gives students an opportunity to meet like-minded people and have fun!

 

How to Apply

Apply direct to GMIT Click here https://www.gmit.ie/apply/direct-applications

 

Fees

Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

https://www.gmit.ie/general/what-are-fees

 

 

Contact Us

Mary Skillington, Programme Chair

Tel: +353 (0) 94 9043133

Email:  mary.skillington@gmit.ie