BA in Early Childhood Education & Care
Applied Social Science
Undergraduate - CAO
The programme is designed to enable graduates to be professionally competent early years educators to children in their formative years. This includes the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing, as defined by UNESCO.
The programme is practical and applied, supporting graduates to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood education and care. Students will acquire skills in relevant areas, such as learning through play and creativity, children’s development through art, literature and music, as well as psychology, sociology and social policy. A supervised work placement in years 2 and 3 in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme enabling students to learn from practice as well as theory.
The design and content of the programme has been guided by the policy and regulatory frameworks for this sector, such as Aistear, First Fives and the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines. It 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 and enquiry-based learning with children’s learning materials.
The programme includes two work placements 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.