Early Childhood Education / Oideachas Luath-Óige

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

2021 CAO Points 378


Leaving Cert
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English OR Irish



Additional Requirements/Information:
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.

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

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

TU Dublin (formerly DIT) is the longest established provider of Early Childhood Education in Ireland. Our first programme commenced in 1977, when we offered a  one year certificate programme to pre-school workers in the Eastern Health Board.  The certificate programme was extended to two years in 1985 followed by the  introduction of a two year part-time Diploma programme in 1993. The BA in ECCE  was introduced in September 1999. In September 2005, First Year intake on a new 3- year BA (Hons.) took place.

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.

There is a work placement for 30 days in Year 1 and 60 days in both Years 2 and 3.

Modules include Psychology and Child Development, Early Education, Professional Practice in the Early Years, Child Health and Nutrition, Art in Early Education, Drama in Education, Sociology and Social Policy, Skills Development, Child Development in Context, Mental Health during the Early Years, Language, Literacy and Numeracy, Aistear and Early Years Curricula, Outdoor Learning, Pedagogy and Curriculum, Digital Childhoods, Working with Families and Communities, Child protection, Business and Management Skills, and Sociology of Education and Inequality.

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

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

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
  • Early Education
  • Professional Practice in the Early Years
  • Child Health and Nutrition
  • Art in Early Education
  • Drama in Education
  • Supervised Practice Placement
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Research Methods in the Early Years
  • Skills Development
  • Child Development in Context
  • Mental Health during the Early Years
  • Inclusion in Early Years Practice
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Aistear and Early Years Curricula
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Supervised Practice Placement
  • Law
  • Documenting Children’s Learning


  • Art in Early Education
  • Drama in Education
  • Erasmus Semester Abroad (Places limited by application)
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Perspectives on Early Childhood Education: Issues in Policy, Practice and Research
  • Digital Childhoods
  • Working with Families and Communities
  • Child protection in Early Years Services
  • Introduction to Business and Management Skills in Early Years Services
  • Sociology of Education and Inequality
  • Supervised practice Placement
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

In 1st and 2nd year 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 3rd year 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.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


3 years

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City Centre: Grangegorman


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