The whole child is the focus of study on this course; studied in the context of family, community and society. Special attention given to the key role of play in childrens development. Theory and practice are combined throughout with supervised placement an important part of the course.
The following modules are studied;
Psychology & Child Development; including The Early Years, Introduction to Early Education, Professional Practice Issues and Child Health.
The Early Years; including Art in Early Education - Drama in Education, Supervised Practice Placement, Social Theory and Research Methods
Child Development; including The Early Years, Psychological Adjustment during the Early Years, Early Education Intermediate, ICT in the Early Years and Professional Practice Issues
Options: Art in Early Education or Drama in Education, Supervised Practice Placement
Social Theory & Legal Issues, Research Methods
Assessing & Planning for Early Learning including; Perspectives on Early Childhood Education, Issues in Policy, Practice & Research, Working with Families, Child Protection in Early Years Services, Development of Business & Management Skills in Early Years Services
Options: Bilingualism or Outdoor Play, Supervised Practice Placement, Research Methods
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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Number of Reserved Places: 4 places
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education degree work as practitioners and as managers in an early years setting such as crèches, day nurseries, pre-schools, after-school services, special education services, early start classrooms and family centres.
Graduates also work in the area of project development and in management positions in the Health Service Executive, country childcare committees and in public and voluntary organisations.
Graduates of this Level 8 programme will be eligible to Progress to Masters Degrees (Level 9) in a wide range of disciplines across the Social Sciences, e.g. MA in Child, Family and Community Studies, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching).