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

BA (Hons)
Programme Code: CR_HECEC_8
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, ACCS
No. of Semesters:2
NFQ Level:8
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:60
programmeReviewDate:September 2021

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme the graduate will be able to demonstrate... :

PO1 Knowledge - Breadth
  (a) • An extensive knowledge of the business environment in which early education is developed and delivered; • A knowledge and understanding of the management of human, physical, financial and other resources required for the delivery of programmes in ECEC; • A knowledge and understanding of theories and associated research methods and ethical considerations for the development of standards, practice and children’s’ rights in ECEC; • A knowledge and understanding of a variety of pedagogical theories and models of practice relating to ECEC;
PO2 Knowledge - Kind
  (a) • Knowledge of current business practice, management theory and good practice in the design, development, management and evaluation of programmes for ECEC; • Detailed knowledge of practice in relation to management, advocacy, leadership and inclusion;
PO3 Skill - Range
  (a) • Effective research skills to conduct research in the field of ECEC; • Planning, practice and management skills for the design and delivery of an ECEC curriculum;
PO4 Skill - Selectivity
  (a) • Exercise appropriate judgement in the planning, design and supervisory functions related to the various roles in an ECEC setting; • Capacity to use the research and reporting skills to undertake significant research activities which will contribute to the development of policy and practice in the ECEC sector; • Capacity to identify and undertake personal and sectoral development actions in the content of current theory and international best practice within a context of continuous development within a critically reflective process.
PO5 Competence - Context
  (a) • Apply business theory and good practice to the design and delivery of programmes in ECEC and to do so in the context of legal and ethical frameworks; • Select appropriate analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills within the research process in ECEC; • Organise and manage people and processes in the ever changing ECEC sector;
PO6 Competence - Role
  (a) • Efficient, effective and ethically appropriate performance in the development, design, delivery and evaluation of an ECEC curriculum; • To conduct research activities and devise reports in the context of education design and policy in ECEC;
PO7 Competence - Learning to Learn
  (a) • Engage in Continuous Professional Development and use appropriate new learning opportunities to reframe and contextualise prior learning; • Identify and assess the training needs of the staff in his/her relevant work environment and foster a ‘learning organisation’ culture to develop a sense of empowerment, initiative and entrepreneurship
PO8 Competence - Insight
  (a) • Display self-confidence and an appropriate assertiveness when managing work related problems while demonstrating an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues involved in the sensitive management of work colleagues and/or service users

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
CHLD8003 Arts in an Emergent Curriculum
MGMT8060 Enterprise for ECEC (0-12yrs)
EDUC8017 Research Skills in ECEC
CHLD8006 APE for the Young Child
Module Code Module Title
CHLD8001 Out of School Care
MGMT8059 Management, HR & Law in ECEC
FREE6001 Free Choice Module

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
EDUC8013 Research Dissertation in ECEC
EDUC8044 Leadership in Practice
CHLD8005 Early Childhood Social Policy
EDUC8043 Inclusion: Partnerships
Module Code Module Title
EDUC8045 Children's Rights in ECEC
LANG6014 An Ghaeilge
FREE6001 Free Choice Module

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