Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Years’ Education
Why take this course?
A high level of quality care and education is essential to support children’s learning and development. The early years’ educator has a pivotal role in the provision of this quality care and education. The quality of the context; the quality of processes which support children’s learning and development; the quality of children’s experiences and achievements; and the quality of management and leadership in diverse early years’ settings, are identified in government policy as core elements. This course further develops your knowledge and skills to support children’s current strengths, interests and abilities within the sociocultural context of their lives.
What will I experience?
Successful completion of the Honours programme equips you to reflect on and critically evaluate provision of care and education for children 0-6 years; skills to promote and support professional development of ECCE educators, and knowledge of the value of research in ECCE.
Modules on this course, provide in-depth opportunities to study policy and practice-based learning, preparing you to work with children, families and outside agencies. Field trips, workshops and academic learning will help you to develop awareness and critical evaluation of policies and practices in a wide variety of early years’ settings.
Why study the course?
- Apply advanced early childhood care and education knowledge and skills to be reflective and innovative practitioners.
- Teaching and learning is modelled in relation to both the Irish and International practice in early years’ care and education
- Lecturers delivering course content have real world and research expertise
- Teaching focuses on application of theory and skill development, which will promote versatility for graduates future employment
- Opportunities to progress to postgraduate level of study
What opportunities might it lead to?
As a graduate of this programme, you will be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes such as the MA in Child and Youth Studies at AIT or an alternative postgraduate programme in another 3rd-level college. A Masters in Early Years’ is currently being developed (for delivery in September 2018). Full details of all postgraduate programmes at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.
- Course Duration:
- 1 Year
- Course Award:
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 8
- Dept of Social Science
- Minimum Entry Requirements:
Bachelor of Arts in Early Years’ Care and Education Level 7 or an equivalent Level 7 qualification.
Careers & Opportunities
On completion of this programme, you will be able to apply advanced early years’ care and education knowledge and skills to be a reflective and innovative practitioner. Your capacity to be an effective leader and manager in a rapidly changing sector will also be developed. You will learn how to critically appraise policies, procedures and principles in the early years’ care and education field. You will learn how to design and deliver relevant curriculum activities, assume responsibility for decision-making, as well as independently and ethically conduct primary and secondary research.