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Early Childhood Education & Care (L7, 60 ECTS)

Status: Closed




2 Years


Sport & Early Childhood Studies

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This two-year programme is aimed at staff currently working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector who are looking to advance their careers by achieving a qualification at degree level. The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to fulfill a variety of leadership roles within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants may apply if they hold a QQI Level 6 (or equivalent) qualification which is recognised by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) as meeting the criteria for ‘ECCE Room Leader (Standard Capitation)’. Applicants must currently be working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and continue to do so for the duration of the course.

Details of courses meeting the criteria may be found at:

Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to those who meet the minimum entry requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Content - Modules

  • Professional Practice Education Placement (1)

  • Learning through Drama and Storytelling

  • Transitions in Early Years

  • Health, Nutrition & Wellbeing

  • STEAM in ECE

  • School Age Provision

  • Creating Inclusive Environments

  • Professional Practice Placement (2)

  • Teaching and Learning through Play

  • Supporting Children with Additional Learning Needs

  • Positive Behaviour Strategies

  • The Reflective Educator

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful participants of this programme may go on to complete the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care.

More Information


This programme will run over two academic years. The proposed commencement date for Year 1 is Saturday 17th September 2022 with a half day induction on campus in either Thurles or Moylish. The programme uses a blended learning approach with a mix of online delivery and classroom based workshops. There will be approximately 4 Saturday workshops per semester alternating between Thurles and Limerick, dates for workshops will be confirmed prior to induction.


The assessment strategy for this programme includes both formative and summative elements including: written assignments, projects, portfolios, skills demonstration and examination.

Professional practice placement is a core requirement and can be completed in the participant’s existing place of employment.


Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7, 60 ECTS)

Application Deadline

Final closing date Monday 5th September, 2022

For Queries Relating to Course Content

Contact: Aoife Prendergast

Course Fees

The full fee for this two year programme is €4,500 (€2,250 per annum). Fees will be collected on an annual basis. This programme has secured part funding through County Tipperary Skillnet. For eligible applicants to the Level 7 programme this funding will be at a rate of 50% of the original fee of €2,250 i.e. €1,125. The balance of fees i.e. €1,125 is payable by the student directly to Tipperary Skillnet.  

For part funding requests to County Tipperary Skillnet please contact:

Eva Hartigan, Network Manager, County Tipperary Skillnet

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Online Information Session Early Childhood Education & Care (TUS) 2022-2023

We held an online information session on both the Level 7 and Level 8 programmes on Tuesday 24th May at 7pm via MS Teams.

The running order of the session was as follows;  

• Welcome  

• Programmes Structure & Modules  

• Delivery & Assessment  

• Fees & Skillnet Funding

• Application and Registration Process

• Q&A

You may access the information session by clicking on Information Session - Early Childhood Education & Care L7 & L8 (TUS)-24052022 Meeting Recording.mp4

A copy of the presentation may also be accessed here TUS-Flex-Info-Session-BA-Early-Childhood-Education-2022.pdf