The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education is an applied course to prepare graduates for employment in early childhood services in Ireland. There has been an increasing awareness of the educational and training needs of the growing profession of early childhood practitioners and the Level 7 degree in Early Childhood Care and Education is a response to that need.

Theory is delivered in conjunction with work based learning in supervised practice placements over two full semesters, so that students are provided with the necessary practical and managerial skills to work in, set up and/or run a service.

This approach is intended to assist students in obtaining the knowledge, values and skills required to generate high standards of practical performance to manage a facility.

This Level 7 programme focuses on the development of a sound practical skillset for a career in the sector and the emphasis on the supervised work placements is to further develop theoretical concepts in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education for practical implementation.

The suite of courses in Early Childhood Care and Education at IT Tralee have received formal recognition from NARIC UK and the NCTL (UK teaching council).  UK NARIC is the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing information and opinion on academic, vocational and professional qualifications from across the world. As the national agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, UK NARIC provide the only official source of information on international education and training systems and qualifications and skills attained outside the UK.

At the Institute of Technology, Tralee, this integrated course is delivered through lectures, workshops, practicals, tutorials and online support. Students undertake two full semesters of supervised work placements in a variety of settings in Ireland or abroad. Current international best practice in early childhood studies is promoted in the programme and the department  has Erasmus links with partner EU institutions. There is an emphasis on preparing the graduate as a reflective practitioner to facilitate future professional development.

Demand for pre-school education has been affected by changes in family structures, a commitment to equal opportunities and the demands of the labour market.

Consequently there are increasing demands for qualified graduates in early childhood education in both the private and public sectors and at various levels such as child-care workers/leaders, centre leader/manager, curriculum developer, also community outreach, early intervention specialist and special education. Graduates also work abroad in early years services due to international recognition of the awar.


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