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Early Childhood Education / Oideachas Luath-Óige

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education

2023 CAO Points: 310

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:
One of the following awards:
  • 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
  • 5M4468 Community Health Services
  • 5M21473 Certificate in Early Learning and Care
Level 6:
Full award in a relevant discipline
A distinction in 6 modules is required

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Additional Requirements

TU Dublin students must undergo Garda Vetting. They must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently, Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.

First Aid training is mandatory for all First-Year students on this course. It will be arranged by the School at a cost of approximately €100 per student. Please note that first aid fees are not covered by SUSI grants.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

You may be in contact with food/food products during course placement. For further information please contact the School Office (contact details below)

Early Childhood Education (ECE) generally refers to education before the start of primary school attendance (0-6 years in Ireland). Services include pre-schools, Naíonraí, specific intervention centres such as community support preschools, Barnardo's childcare services, Focus Ireland support services, crèches, child-minding and after-school groups.

The early years are well recognised by legislators, policymakers, educationalists and researchers as a critical period in children’s learning and development.

The ECE professional needs to understand many facets of the child’s learning and development and the role of early education and care in promoting the best outcomes for children.

This course is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (instituted to review Level 7 and Level 8 degree courses for the Early Learning and Care Sector) as meeting the requirements of the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines standards.

Study Abroad Opportunities

You can apply to take part in an Erasmus exchange in the Year 2.

Work Placement

There is a work placement of 100 hours in Year 1, 300 hours in Year 2 and Year 3; and 100 hours in Year 4. The full module listing for the course is listed below.

Graduates work as practitioners and managers in early years settings such as crèches, day nurseries, preschools, after-school services, special education services, early-start classrooms and family centres, as well as in project development and management positions in the Health Service Executive, county childcare committees and public and voluntary organisations.

  • Childcare Management
  • Child & Family Support Worker ​
  • Working with children who have additional needs ​
  • Childcare Supervisor – Housing Association
  • Course Co-Ordinator – QQI Levels 5 & 6 Childcare ​
  • City/ County Childcare Committee ​
  • School Completion Officer
  • Tusla and Early Years inspector ​
  • Community Work
  • Research
  • Policy Development
  • NGO’s and statutory organisations
  • Psychology and Child Development
  • Principles of Pedagogy  
  • Aistear and Early Years Curricula 
  • Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education  
  • Child Health & Nutrition 
  • Introduction to Art in Early Education  
  • Drama in Education
  • Supervised Practice Placement: Developing as an Early Childhood Educator  
  • Understanding Social Policy   
  • Skills Development
  • Child Development in Context
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy 
  • Cultural and Linguistic diversity  
  • Outdoor Learning  
  • Inclusion in Early Years practice 
  • Inclusion in Early Years practice 2 
  • Drama, Music and Movements  
  • Art in Early Education 2 
  • Supervised Practice Placement: The skilled Early Years Educator 
  • Supervised Practice Placement: The competent Early Years Educator 
  • Sociological Foundations   
  • Research Methods 

Option: Study Abroad option for students going on Erasmus exchange programme in Semester 2 

  • Mental Health during the Early Years 
  • Perspectives on Early Childhood Education: Issues in Policy, Practice & Research  
  • Working with Families and Communities 
  • Child Safeguarding   
  • Leadership and Mentoring Skills   
  • Supervised Practice Placement: The Reflective Educator 
  • Pedagogical and Practice documentation  
  • Sociology of Education and Inequality  
  • Law  
  • Research Methods: Documenting Young Children’s Meanings 
  • Therapeutic Skills with Young Children and Families  
  • Early Years and School-Age childcare – Pedagogy and Curriculum  
  • Digital Childhoods  
  • Children’s Rights and Advocacy in the Early Years sector  
  • Business & Management Skills  
  • Creativity in Early Childhood Education 
  • Supervised Practice Placement 4 
  • Research Methods 
  • Dissertation

Please note, advanced entry is not being offered in 2024.

In Year 1 & 2 of the course I kept busy by joining the Volunteering Society and took part in Outreach trips in Malawi, Africa with the organisation Wells for Zoe. It was an unforgettable learning experience and I have great memories from it. In Year 3 we were given the opportunity to visit the Outdoor Preschools in Norway, and it was so much fun. During my 3 years in TU Dublin, the tutors were very knowledgeable and were always really helpful.

I left TU Dublin with my degree, great memories and the best friends. Since graduating, I first worked as a Senior Nursery Nurse in an ECCE and Afterschool room, and was then promoted to Deputy Manager, and I love it… Holding a degree in Early Childhood Education is so valuable; you can see it is what childcare  providers are really looking for these days so the degree has really set me off on the right road for my career.

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Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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