GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

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

Code: GA871 Level: 7

Why study Early Childhood Education and Care? This three-year Bachelor of Arts award is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in Early Childhood Education and Care. The course aims to equip the learner with knowledge, skills and competencies required for autonomous working practice in Early Childhood Education and Care. A child-led transformational philosophy will underpin the course to build authentic reciprocal relationships with children, parents, colleagues, the community, and other professionals. The course is based on the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) and Aistear, The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009).

What are my career opportunities? The early childhood education and care sector has been a growth area over the last 10 years. Therefore, employment opportunities appear positive in the short-and medium-term. Graduates would have enhanced employability within the rapidly professionalising sector. Furthermore, graduates would be well-placed to occupy supervisory functions within the sector. Follow-on Studies Upon successful completion of Year 3 in Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7) students may then apply internally for Year 4, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8).

What will I study?

Student experience

Year 1: • Psychology and Child Development • Importance of Play • Language, Literacy and Numeracy • Building and Managing Interpersonal Relationships • Exploring Curriculum • Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care • Learning and Innovation Skills • Health, Safety and Wellbeing • Practice Development 1 – Quality and Practice Year 2: • Early Childhood Law • Supporting Enquiry with Children to Enact the Curriculum • Sociological Discourses in Early Childhood Education and Care • Childhood Development and Learning (under threes) • Diversity and Equality • Research with Children • Learning Environments • Practice Development 2 – Quality and Practice Year 3: • Leadership and Governance in Early Childhood Education and Care • Trends in Early Childhood Education and Care • Transitions in Early Childhood Education and Care • Family-Centred Practice and Supports • Outdoor Play • Practice Development 3 – Action Research • Employment Law All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.

Rebecca Blitger

This course is engaging, thought provoking, and thoroughly enjoyable, with relevant material that is up to date and applicable to practice. The lecturers are friendly, vastly experienced, and incredibly inspiring. It’s one of the best things I have ever done.

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

DURATION 3 years



Talk to us: Joanne Doherty, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043117 | E-mail:


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