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

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

Application for admission to this add-on Honours Degree (Level 8) programme will be considered from graduates of TU793 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education or a relevant Ordinary Degree (Level 7 programme).

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.

On completion of this Level 8 add-on year, you 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.

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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  • Pre-schools
  • Crèches
  • Montessori
  • Primary Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Special Needs Service
  • Early Intervention Projects
  • Establish your own Business
  • Applied Child Psychology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Child Protection: Policy and Practice in Early Childhood 
  • Preparation for Dissertation

Electives: Semester 1:

  • 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

(you must select two electives)

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

Electives: Semester 2:

  • Curriculum Design
  • Leadership, Management, Communication and Mentoring

(you must select one elective)

Advanced Entry/Add On Programme

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

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


1 year




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