Applied Early Childhood Studies – Level 7 Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies Level 7 Degree (Part-Time)
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) Level 7

Commencement Date: September 2017 (subject to demand)

Course fee is €2,500 per year. The fee is payable in 2 instalments as follows:

Instalment 1 of €1,250 is payable on acceptance of offer of a course place.

Instalment 2 of €1,250 is payable at the start of Semester 2 in January 2018.

The programme is suitable for:

Early year carers in crèches, pre-schools, school age childcare services, special education services and childminding settings

Managers of crèches, pre-schools, school age services, special education services

Early childhood practitioners in the Health Services Executive

County Childcare Committee members and staff

Practitioners in the child and family support sector Early Childhood generally refers to the care and the education of children aged 0-6 years.

Course Duration

Stage 2 – The course takes place over 2 years, for students who gain advanced entry to stage 2. Learners will be expected to attend Cork College of Commerce two evenings a week (6.00pm-9.30pm) and one Saturday in three (full day).

As the programme progresses attendance at college will be reduced. The course is delivered using a blended learning approach. Due to the blended learning delivery within this programme students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the programme.

In stage 2, semester 2 of the programme, students will be required to undertake a full time 5-day work placement in a Special Needs setting. The placement site for this mandatory practice is organized by DKIT.

Commencement Date: September 2017 (subject to demand)

Academic requirements

For Advanced Entry to Stage 2, candidates must have:

FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 or QQI/FETAC level 6 only (if awarded since 2015) in early childhood studies or equivalent and have two years’ work experience in a HSE notified early child care service (minimum of 15 hours per week).

All eligible candidates will be interviewed.

Work Experience while undertaking the B.A in Applied Early Childhood Studies

Applicants must have access to a HSE notified early child care service, or work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes. Applications will not be accepted without a written confirmation from the applicant’s organisation covering each of the points below:

Details of the organisation for which the applicant is working in

Details of the length of time the applicant has been working in the organisation

Details of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant in the organisation in the time frame stated above, including promotions and progressions, clearly indicating the specific nature of the applicants’ current role.

Professional practice (fieldwork) is a part of the programme. For all applicants, Police/Garda vetting, Hepatitis B vaccination and an up to date First Aid Certificate will be required as conditions of the programme. Further details are included in the DKIT Police/Garda vetting procedure for students.

Course fee is €2,500 per year. The fee is payable in 2 instalments as follows:

Instalment 1 of €1,250 is payable on acceptance of offer of a course place.

Instalment 2 of €1,250 is payable at the start of Semester 2 in January 2018.

The BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies has been approved by Revenue as a course eligible for tax relief. For more information click on http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it31.html

If you require First Aid Training, please email

acorcoran@ccoc.ie

Classes will be held in the Cork College of Commerce.

Please send your application

to Dundalk Institute of

Technology via the

college website.