Program Title

BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Care & Education

Program Duration (Months)


Study Modes

Full Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Higher Secondary School

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to hold their Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate with good results with first-division/class standing and a minimum average grade of 70%.
  • A language other than English and Mathematics must be taken as a subject up to Grade X.
  • Where there is a specific subject requirement for a specific programme (e.g. Maths, Physics, French, etc.), a minimum grade of 70% in that subject at Grade XII is required.
  • English language requirements also apply.
Program Description

The BA in Early Childhood Care and Education is a full-time, four-year, honours degree programme (Level 8), designed to provide an exciting and challenging programme for those interested in working with young children, from birth to six years of age, in a range of educational settings. It provides excellent training and a highly-regarded qualification in this most rewarding area and was developed in response to contemporary developments in the field of early years education both in Ireland and internationally.

Career Opportunities

There is a growing awareness in Ireland of the need for high calibre professionals to provide young children with the best possible care and education. Graduates may pursue leadership roles in both the private and public sector where high quality childcare provision is required. As specialists in Early Childhood Care and Education, graduates of this programme may find employment as managers, directors, coordinators or facilitators in a wide range of early years settings. The first cohort of BA ECCE students graduated in October 2007 and they have since taken up employment in such areas as managerial roles in playschools, daycare settings, Early Start Units, family centres as well as policy development roles and research roles within various Government bodies. Following the Irish Government’s introduction of the provision of a free year of pre-school education, job opportunities for graduates of this course are expected to continue to increase. Graduates of the programme also meet the eligibility criteria to work as pre-school inspectors and early years inspectors in Ireland.

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