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School of Nursing, Wellness and Social Sciences Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) Faculty of Education Mary Immaculate College,

e, Limerick (MIC) Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Practice* Course Description The BA in Early Childhood Practice is a Level 7, 180-credit programme jointly delivered over four semesters by both the Faculty of Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick and the Department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Technology (IT), Tralee. It is designed specifically to up-skill staff currently working in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector who have a qualification at FETAC Level 6 or equivalent. Entry Requirements Applicants should have FETAC Level 6 or equivalent and should be working in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector. Modules Principles of Professional Practice 2 Psychology of Childhood Disability Early Learning and Language Acquisition PE for Young Children Professional Development Portfolio 1 Educational Psychology Child Health and Well Being Irish Early Years Curriculum Framework Professional Development A Work Placement A Child and Family Law Early Learning and Language Development Critical Reflection on Professional Practice Creativity Professional Development Portfolio 2 Research Methods in the Early Years Child, Family and Community The Role of Play in Development Professional Development B - Work Placement B Duration It is proposed to offer the degree programme commencing January 2014. The programme will run over four semesters. Alternate semesters will be delivered by the Department of Social Sciences at the ITT and the Faculty of Education, MIC, Limerick, commencing in January with the ITT. The programme will be delivered in a blended format with the greater part of the programme being delivered through an on-line/distance learning format. Modules will comprise independent online study, on-line tutorials as well as face-to-face delivery. It is expected that face-to-face delivery will be blocked over a number of days per month and at the weekend to accommodate applicants who are in fulltime employment.

Progression Opportunities Suitably qualified graduates may progress to Level 8 (BA honours in ECCE) Cost TBC For further information: Gerard O Carroll Tel. 066 7191904 Email: Gerard.OCarroll@staff.ittralee.ie Deirdre Breatnach Tel. 061 204565 Email: Deirdre.breatnach@mic.ul.ie Dr. Jennifer Pope Tel. 061 204581 Email: Jennifer.pope@mic.ul.ie *Subject to both HETAC Validation and University Validation.