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DC001
Early Childhood Education

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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4 Years
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This course is for students who are interested in high quality early education and care for young children.

Students who want to work with infants, toddlers and young children in settings such as preschool, community playgroups, Naionraí and crèches wil gain the relevant qualification from this course. 

You will learn how best to care for and support the wellbeing and learning of children during their crucial early years.


DCU Bachelor Of Early Childhood Education

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Do you want to work with infants, toddlers and young children in early education settings such as preschools, community playgroups, Naíonraí and crèches? Are you deeply interested in young children's well-being, development and learning? This course will help you learn how best to care for and support children during the crucial early years. You should be committed to your own personal and professional development and willing to challenge your assumptions about children and childhoods.

We understand education. We undestand the positive impact that quality environments and engaged adults have on the development and learning of children in the first years of life. Our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) has been designed to produce graduates who also understand this and who are well-informed, articulate and passionate about the key issues in early childhood education and care. The course is interdisciplinary adn will provide you with a deep knowledge of principles, values, theory and practice and the ability to bring these elements together in ways that respond to the individual needs of children in the age range of birth to six years.


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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:


D20159 - Caring for Children (0-6 years)
or 5N1765 - Child Health and Well Being

D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development

D20007 - Early Childhood Education
or 5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play

D20153 - Working in Childcare
or 5N1770 - Early Care and Education Practice

5N1356 - Work Experience
or W20008 - Work Experience

5N0690 - Communications
or G20001 - Communications

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Students spend approximately 1000 hours on professional placement, as well as taking the required education modules.

You will be prepared for work in a wide range of early education settings including careers in Early Childhood Education, in the areas of Preschool, Childcare, and Voluntary Organisations.



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