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Tuesday 30 May 2017

BA (Hons) in Applied Early Childhood Studies (Add-On Level 8)

Course Details

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Course Fees: €2,500
NFQ Level: 8
ECTS Credits: 60
Course Code: DK_NAECS_8
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Course Presentation

The BA (Hons) in Applied Early Childhood Studies will facilitate the student to become a knowledgeable, skilled and autonomous early childhood educator/practitioner who can critically evaluate and reflect on current practice and who is committed to evidence based practice. 

The programme aims to 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.

Upon completion of the programme, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply a variety of stimulation techniques to foster communication, play, peer interaction and early literacy in early childhood.   
  • Appraise the dominant discourses on major contemporary issues that impact on the work of early childhood educators and the broader early childhood sector. 
  • Design, conduct and produce a high quality research report in the field of early childhood.
  • Apply theories and concepts of effective leadership, management and change within the early childhood sector.

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology – QQI Level 8 (60 credits)

Who Should Apply?

The aim of this programme is to further develop the skills and knowledge of QQI Level 7 Early Childhood graduates to enable them to respond effectively to future developments in the early childhood sector.

How To Apply

Enrol online via the Green Button above.

Course Duration

The course takes place over one academic year (two semesters).   The course uses a blended learning approach, whereby learners engage in face to face contact and online delivery.  Face to face contact requires attendance at college two evenings a week from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, and some Saturdays.

Starting Date

September 2017 (subject to demand)

Entry Requirements

  • You MUST hold a Level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies or DYCA equivalent qualification.
  • Graduates of other disciplines will be assessed for entry through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case by case basis.
  • Candidates may be interviewed.


Work Experience while undertaking the B.A (Hons) 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.

Fees Information

€2,500 per annum payable in three instalments.

Application Fee of €250.

Instalment no. 1 of €1,000 is payable prior to registration to course.
PLEASE NOTE WE OFFER AN EARLY BIRD 10% DISCOUNT IF YOU PAY THE BALANCE OF YOUR SEMESTER 1 FEES BY 1st AUGUST (€900 payable instead of  €1,000 - a saving of €100!)

Instalment no. 2 of €1,250 is payable by the end of January 2018.

Further Information

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor
Head of Section (part-time courses) 
School of Health & Science
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.
Tel: 042 937 0200 ext. 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

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

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