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Tuesday 30 May 2017

BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies (NFQ Level 7)

Course Details

Special Note:

NEXT COURSE: SEPTEMBER 2017 (Subject to demand)
During 2017/18 Stage 2 only will be delivered in DkIT, with possible outreach provision to Cork College of Commerce (subject to demand).


Course Fees: €2,500.00 per annum
NFQ Level: 7
ECTS Credits: 180
Course Code: DK_NAECS_7

Course Presentation

Year 1 - Semester 1 (not running in 2017/18)

  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning to learn in Early Childhood Studies
  • Promoting Physical Wellbeing in early childhood
  • Professional Practice 1

Year 1 - Semester 2 (not running in 2017/18)

  • Early Education: Practical Pedagogies
  • Early Language and Communication Development
  • Early Childhood: Observation and Assessment Process
  • Professional Practice 1

Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Exploration of Emergent Numeracy and Literacy
  • Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies 1
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Professional Practice 2

Year 2 - Semester 2

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Business and Innovative Management Skills for the Early Childhood Sector
  • Sociological Aspects of working with families and children
  • Professional Practice 2

Year 3 - Semester 1

  • Pedagogical Framing
  • The Voice of the Child and Social Policy
  • Introducing Evidence Based Practice in Early Childhood
  • Regulation and Applied Law in Early Childhood
  • Professional Practice 3

Year 3 - Semester 2

  • Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Studies 2
  • Teaching Self Regulation
  • Consultation and Evaluation in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood: Physical Activity
  • Professional Practice 3

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology QQI Level 7 Award (180 credits)

Who Should Apply?

The programme is suitable for:

  • Early years practitioners/educators in Full Day-Care/Crèches/Sessional preschools, special education services and registered/notified child-minding settings
  • Managers of Full Day-Care/Crèches/Sessional preschools, school age services, special education services
  • Early childhood practitioners in the Health Services Executive
  • County Childcare Committee members and staff
  • Practitioners in the child and family support sector and generally refers to the care and the education of children aged 0-6 years.


The Early Childhood professional educator needs to understand many facets of the young child's development and how best to plan and implement programmes that address the child's needs in a holistic way. This applied programme in Early Childhood Studies is designed for people who have been working in the early childhood care and education sector for a number of years and who may already hold some qualifications in the early childhood area, but now wish to obtain academic qualifications to degree level. It is in response to national strategies on early childhood care and education which has identified the need to up skill the workforce in this sector. The programme will nurture students' personal, social and professional development with a view to producing a highly competent professional educator committed to providing high quality services to babies, young children and their families based on the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by Aistear and Siolta.

How To Apply

Students should complete a Lifelong Learning Application Form (see Download Forms button to the left) and submit an up-to-date CV AND copies of transcripts of your results to: Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk IT, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.

Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, results transcripts and your cv to parttime@dkit.ie. All eligible students will be interviewed  and students will be required to bring to the interview written confirmation of their access to an organization in the early years sector as outlined in the Entry Requirements section below.


Stage 2 students only: Please indicate which site you wish to attend i.e.:



Cork College of Commerce



  • 1st Batch of Interviews for eligible candidates (North East region) will take place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Wednesday 24th May (subject to change).
  • 2nd Batch of Interviews for eligible candidates (North East region) will take place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Monday 19th June  (subject to change).

  • Interviews for eligible candidates (Cork region) will take place in Cork College of Commerce on Wednesday 31st May (subject to change).

Course Duration

Stage 2 – The course takes place over 2 years, for students who gain advanced entry to stage 2.  Learners will be expected to attend DkIT OR Cork College of Commerce two evenings a week (6.00pm-9.30pm) and one Saturday in three (full day) in DkIT (or Cork College of Commerce).

As the programme progresses the attendance will be reduced to one day a week with the remainder of the course delivered using a blended learning approach. Due to the blended learning delivery within this programme students should have access to PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the programme.

In stage 2, semester 2 of the programme, students will be required to undertake a full time 5-day work placement in a Special Needs setting.  The placement site for this mandatory practice is organized by DkIT.

Starting Date

September 2017 (subject to demand)

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements
For Advanced Entry to Stage 2, candidates must have:

QQI (FETAC) Level 5 AND Level 6


QQI (FETAC) Level 6 only (if awarded since 2015)

in early childhood studies or equivalent and have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered early child care service (minimum of 15 hours per week). 


All eligible candidates will be interviewed. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Level of academic performance in the QQI (FETAC 6) modules, length of work experience and position in employment will be used as ranking criteria in the shortlisting process.


Work Experience while undertaking the B.A in Applied Early Childhood Studies
Applicants must have access to a Tusla registered early childhood service (minimum of 15 hours per week)  or work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes.  Applications will not be accepted without a written confirmation from the applicant’s organisation covering each of the points below:

  • Details of the organisation for which the applicant is working in
  • Details of the length of time the applicant has been working in the organisation
  • Details of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant in the organisation in the timeframe stated above, including promotions and progressions, clearly indicating the specific nature of the applicants’ current role.
  • Agreement from their organisation that the applicant, throughout  their course of study, will be facilitated  to integrate  theory with practice  to meet the different module learning outcomes, with particular reference to  the Applied Professional Practice modules. 

Professional practice (fieldwork) is a part of the programme.  For all applicants, Police/Garda vetting, Hepatitis B vaccination and an up to date First Aid Certificate will be required as conditions of the programme.  Further details are included in the DkIT Police/Garda vetting procedure for students.

Fees Information

Course fee is €2,500 per year. The fee is payable as follows:

  • Following offer of a place on the programme a non-refundable deposit of €100 must be paid by 23rd June to secure your place on the programme.
  • Instalment 1 of €1,150 is payable before the course commences in September 2017.
    PLEASE NOTE WE OFFER AN EARLY BIRD 10% DISCOUNT IF YOU PAY THE BALANCE OF YOUR SEMESTER 1 FEES BY 1st AUGUST (€1,035 payable instead of  €1,150 - a saving of €115!)

  • Instalment 2 of €1,250 is payable at the start of Semester 2 in January 2018.

The BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies has been approved by Revenue as a course eligible for tax relief. For more information click on http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it31.html

Further Information

Click on: http://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/588

Mary Mc Skeane,
Programme Director.
School of Health and Science
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Phone: 042 9370200
Email: mary.mcskeane@dkit.ie


Dr. Geraldine O’Connor
Head of Section (Part time courses)
School of Health and Science
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Co. Louth
Tel: 042 9370200 Ext 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie


Ms. Ann Corcoran
Head of Adult Education,
Cork College of Commerce
Tel: 021 4222100
Email: acorcoran@ccoc.ie

Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Call: 042-9370290
Fax: 042-9370291
Email: parttime@dkit.ie