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EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE & EDUCATION


BACHELOR OF ARTS What is the programme about?


Children require high-quality education and care during their formative years to reach their potential and this is the focus of the BA degree in Early Childhood Education & Care. This three-year programme is structured to enable participants to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood education and care. Students will acquire skills in areas such as: children’s play and creativity; care; education; children’s literature; psychology, sociology and social policy. A supervised work placement in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme enabling students to learn from practice as well as theory.


Modules covering areas such as: education and play; child development and education; drama and movement, art and music, social environment; health; hygiene; nutrition; safety; communication; management and personal and professional development. The design and content of the programme has been determined by the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector.


This programme is an innovative practice-led programme where students learn how to combine theory and practice and to develop as reflective practitioners. An active learning environment is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning with children’s learning materials.


Placement Modules


The programme includes a work placement that will bring students into direct contact with children. To ensure the protection of the public and justify public trust and confidence, LIT uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) service to assess the suitability of applicants. Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights: 1. to not register a learner; 2. to remove an existing registered learner; 3. to delay the learner’s practice placement modules on the course.


Modules


Year 1: Semester 1: Child Development 1, Drama & Movement, Sociology of Childhood, Health & Well-Being in Early Years, Child Centred Practice, Skills for Success in Higher Education. Semester 2: Child Development 2, Art & Music, Social Institutions & the Early Years, Health & Safety in the Early Years, Early Learning, Early Childhood Curriculum


Year 2: Semester 1: Practice Placement, Practice Placement Project Semester 2: Psychology & Learning in Early Childhood, Team & Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector, Childhood & Social Policy, Literacy & Numeracy, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Outdoor Learning & Risky Play.


Year 3: Semester 1: Advanced Practice Placement, Advanced Placement Project. Semester 2: Language Acquisition, Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children, Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care & Education, Professional Practice & Child Protection, Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood, Research Methods for the Early Years.


What can I do after the Programme?


Graduates may find employment as early childhood educators and managers in a variety of award winning early childhood settings in the private and community sectors.


Graduates on similar programmes in this area have also gone on to level 8 studies which opens up access to postgraduate studies in Ireland, UK, Australia in areas including: speech and language therapy, equality studies, legal studies, child and family community studies, applied behaviour analysis, Montessori and adult and community education.


Including Work Placement


Programme Code LC432


Programme Level Level 7


CAO Points 2015 New Programme


Duration 3 Years


Class Contact Hours 19 hours per week depending on year.


Location Thurles Campus


Minimum Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate (2017): A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.


Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.


QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants: Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.


Undergraduate Prospectus 2017/2018 99 < FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Contact Ms. Cathy Jones, Head of Department


Email: cathy.jones@lit.ie Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC432


LIT THURLES CAMPUS NEW PROGRAMME


LC432


Department of Applied Social Sciences


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