Early Childhood Education & Care (L7, 60 ECTS)
Sport & Early Childhood Studies
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?
Flexible Learning Team
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.
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)
Final closing date Monday 5th September, 2022
For Queries Relating to Course Content
Contact: Aoife Prendergast
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;
• Programmes Structure & Modules
• Delivery & Assessment
• Fees & Skillnet Funding
• Application and Registration Process
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