Early Childhood Education
DC001

Early Childhood Education

Course Details

CAO Code:
DC001
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Placement:
Yes
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
409
Duration:
4 yr
Phone:
+353 (0) 1
700 9048

Do you want to make a difference to the lives and educational futures of young children? Then follow your passion and explore early education with an internationally-recognised team of academics and researchers in DCU.

Overview

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This course will prepare you for a highly rewarding career, educating and supporting young children during a vital time in their development. The BECE prepares you for work as a professional in a variety of educational and care childhood settings, from preschools and crèches, to special needs schools and family resource projects. 
 

Theory and Practice
The BECE degree combines theory with practical learning. You’ll learn applied skills through workshops, seminars and independent group study. This could involve working in the Lego room programming ‘Beebots’, or designing play environments for young children, or developing literacy sacks to support them as readers. You’ll also put your knowledge into practice during yearly work placements. 

BECE graduates are in high demand at home and abroad. In Year 3, you can consider studying abroad on an Erasmus programme, in Norway, Belgium or Hungary. 

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Entry Requirements

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There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on course requirements, places and cut-off points.

Applications are welcome from applicants who have studied at level 6, 7 & 8 in relevant areas.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Course Structure

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This degree will expose you to areas of psychology, sociology, the arts, critical thinking and philosophy, with a strong emphasis on literacy, maths, science (STEM) and educational leadership. The core focus of the degree is on curriculum, pedagogy and practice.

Over the four years of the programme you will develop the skills to support childrens’ wellbeing, to plan for their learning through play and to work effectively as part of a professional team. Modules will equip you with an understanding of ethical research and its role in bringing about change.

The programme will enable you to work with children who have additional needs and you can deepen your knowledge in this specialist area with an elective module in Year 4. Modules over the four years will help you explore and understand the national and global social and political contexts for children and families. The design of the BECE programme will engage you in up-to-date thinking, working with the team and your peers to examine and debate the big ideas and theories in early childhood.


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Fees

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,607 per annum
Non EU Fee
€14,500 per annum
Material Charge
€175 Year 1 only

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/QQI Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open from 1st December to 1st July.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be. 

DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre. 

They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.

Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.

DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.

Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.

For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting. 

The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Students on St Patrick's Campus

FAQs

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What courses are offered by the DCU Institute of Education?

DCU Institute of Education brings together students of education and provides a rich menu of undergraduate courses across all sectors from early childhood, to primary and post-primary and further and higher education. We offer a range of taught and research postgraduate courses at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate level and have a distinguished record in providing continuing professional development.

 

Is there Garda vetting for students who study DCU Institute of Education courses?

Garda vetting is required for all students who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults as part of their studies at DCU. Applicants must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the registration process.

 

What are the potential teaching pathways for primary, post-primary and further education and training offered by DCU?

 

Primary Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

 

Postgraduate**

  • Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) - DC970

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes

** Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes

 

Post-Primary Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

  • Bachelor of Religious Education & English or History or Music - DC010 | DC011 | DC012

  • Bachelor of Education in Gaeilge and French or German or Spanish - DC013

  • Bachelor of Education in Technology, Engineering and Graphics - DC015

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Science Education - DC203

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physical Education with Biology - DC205

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Mathematics - DC206

 

Postgraduate**

  • Professional Master of Education (Post-Primary Teaching) - DC905

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes

** Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes

 

Further Education and Training Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

  • BSc (Hons) in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education) - DC235

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes