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NEW - Level 8 Honours Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care

Posted on January 11, 2019

(GMIT Mayo campus):

GMIT Mayo campus in Castlebar, County Mayo offers a contemporary and dynamic approach to professional preparation in the early years sector.

This four year Bachelor of Arts honours degree is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive education in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

The focus of the course is the study of the play, development and learning of children from birth to six years old in a sociocultural context and the implications this has for practice in early childhood settings. It emphasises the links between theory and practice, and highly values the development of professional and academic skills and knowledge. 

It aims to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competencies required for autonomous working practice in Early Childhood Education and Care.

There are clear pathways for progression and career advancement.  This Level 8 degree prepares graduates to work in a variety of national roles. These include Mentoring roles, Early Years Specialist roles, and Inspection roles with Tusla and with the Department of Education and Skills.  All of these roles require a minimum qualification at QQI Level 8. 

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)

Includes 12 hours per week work placement in an Early Years setting over the duration of the course.

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