Early Childhood Care and Education / Cúram agus Oideachas Luath-Óige

Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education 

Choice of Location Guaranteed, Blanchardstown OR Tallaght

CAO Points 2021: 270 

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher



Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements/Information: Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see tudublin.ie/gardavetting

If you’re interested in working with children and finding out how they develop and learn, are eager to study different cultures, languages and diversity in the world, and enthusiastic about making a difference in children’s lives, this programme will suit you. It explores the varied approaches to early childhood education and care, including child development, child psychology, sociology of childhood, art, drama and music, equality, diversity and inclusion, language acquisition, health and well-being, and safeguarding children. You’ll gain insights into outdoor learning and risky play through our purpose-built outdoor classroom. You’ll be able to apply and adapt your learning in the realistic setting of our dedicated early-childhood practice room. In Year 4, you’ll can specialise in areas such as Creative Interventions; Children's Rights; Leadership, Management and Mentoring; Curriculum Design, and Leadership, Management and Mentoring.

The course includes practical and creative projects, engaging in the local community, debates, presentations and reflective journals. The programme will develop your competencies across key national and international frameworks.

Work Placement: There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3, Semester 2.

Postgraduate Study: On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

IT Requirements: Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

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Early Childhood Care and Education Practitioner in:

  • Pre-schools
  • Crèches
  • Montessori
  • Primary Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Special Needs Service
  • Early Intervention Projects
  • Establish your own Business

Semester 1:

  • Child Development 1
  • Drama and Movement
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Health & Wellbeing in the Early Years
  • Child Centred Practice
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education

Semester 2:

  • Child Development 2
  • Art & Music
  • Social Institutions and the Early Years
  • Health & Safety in the Early Years
  • Early Learning
  • Early Childhood Curriculum

Semester 1:

  • Practice Placement*
  • Practice Placement Project

* Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage


Semester 2:

  • Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
  • Team & Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
  • Childhood and Social Policy
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Outdoor Learning & Risky Play

Semester 1:

  • Advanced Practice Placement *
  • Advanced Placement Project

* Advanced Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage


Semester 2:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Creative Group Facilitation 
  • Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Professional Practice & Child Protection
  • Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood
  • Research Methods in Early Years

Semester 1:

  • Applied Child Psychology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Child Protection: Policy and Practice in Early Childhood 
  • Preparation for Dissertation


  • Creative Interventions for the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of Children
  • Children’s Rights: A National and International Perspective
  • Second Language Pedagogy
  • School Age Childcare

Semester 2:

  • Supporting Positive Interactions with Children
  • Family Studies
  • Social Justice in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Dissertation


  • Curriculum Design
  • Social Justice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Leadership, Management, Commuication and Mentoring

The best thing about this course is the strong link between practice and theory. There is a specific room set up to resemble an early years classroom which is regularly used in different modules. In Year 2 and Year 3 students go on work placement for 12 weeks. During this time students are able to practise what they have been learning and talking about in college. Placement also provides students with the experience of working in early childhood settings in many different areas.

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places

50 on each campus


Blanchardstown, Tallaght


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Non-EU Fees

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Progression Options

Years 1-4
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8)
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin, or elsewhere.