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DT572
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 HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
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The whole child is the focus of study on this course; studied in the context of family, community and society. Special attention given to the key role of play in childrens development. Theory and practice are combined throughout with supervised placement an important part of the course.

The following modules are studied;

Psychology & Child Development; including The Early Years, Introduction to Early Education, Professional Practice Issues and Child Health.

The Early Years; including Art in Early Education - Drama in Education, Supervised Practice Placement, Social Theory and Research Methods

Child Development; including The Early Years, Psychological Adjustment during the Early Years, Early Education Intermediate, ICT in the Early Years and Professional Practice Issues

Options: Art in Early Education or Drama in Education, Supervised Practice Placement
Social Theory & Legal Issues, Research Methods

Assessing & Planning for Early Learning including; Perspectives on Early Childhood Education, Issues in Policy, Practice & Research, Working with Families, Child Protection in Early Years Services, Development of Business & Management Skills in Early Years Services

Options: Bilingualism or Outdoor Play, Supervised Practice Placement, Research Methods
and Dissertation

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This course will take place in Grangegorman Campus from 2014


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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
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions

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Graduates of the Early Childhood Education degree work as practitioners and as managers in an early years setting such as crèches, day nurseries, pre-schools, after-school services, special education services, early start classrooms and family centres.

Graduates also work in the area of project development and in management positions in the Health Service Executive, country childcare committees and in public and voluntary organisations.

Graduates of this Level 8 programme will be eligible to Progress to Masters Degrees (Level 9) in a wide range of disciplines across the Social Sciences, e.g. MA in Child, Family and Community Studies, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching).



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