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Early Childhood Education

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This course is for students who are interested in high quality early education and care for young children.

Students who want to work with infants, toddlers and young children in settings such as preschool, community playgroups, Naionraí and crèches wil gain the relevant qualification from this course. 

You will learn how best to care for and support the wellbeing and learning of children during their crucial early years.

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DCU Bachelor Of Early Childhood Education

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Do you want to work with infants, toddlers and young children in early education settings such as preschools, community playgroups, Naíonraí and crèches? Are you deeply interested in young children's well-being, development and learning? This course will help you learn how best to care for and support children during the crucial early years. You should be committed to your own personal and professional development and willing to challenge your assumptions about children and childhoods.

We understand education. We undestand the positive impact that quality environments and engaged adults have on the development and learning of children in the first years of life. Our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) has been designed to produce graduates who also understand this and who are well-informed, articulate and passionate about the key issues in early childhood education and care. The course is interdisciplinary adn will provide you with a deep knowledge of principles, values, theory and practice and the ability to bring these elements together in ways that respond to the individual needs of children in the age range of birth to six years.

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DC001 - Early Childhood Education

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DC001 - Early Childhood Education
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

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Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:
D20159 or 5N1765
D20005 or 5N1764
D20007 or 5N1773
D20153 or 5N1770
5N1356 or W20008
5N0690 or G20001

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Students spend approximately 1000 hours on professional placement, as well as taking the required education modules.

You will be prepared for work in a wide range of early education settings including careers in Early Childhood Education, in the areas of Preschool, Childcare, and Voluntary Organisations.

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