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Early Childhood Education and Care (BA )

  • Course Code

    CR 620

  • Field of Study

    Childhood Care and Education,Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • undergo a Garda Vetting process and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include English or Irish. There is no requirement for Mathematics. A Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

A number of places on the Bachelor Degree are usually available to mature students and other non-standard applicants. The Bachelor Degree is also available through ACCS on a modular study basis for persons working full time in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Prior to entry on this course it is advisable to obtain some practical work experience in an early years setting.

Garda Vetting

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust.

Offers of places on these designated programmes will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of the NVB's Procedure. Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

  1. to not register a student
  2. to remove an existing registered student
  3. to delay the student’s practice placement modules on course

In all circumstances, it is the applicant/student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/ cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending. For more information, please click here.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are English and Business

Course summary

The course aims to strike a balance between theory and practice. The topics offer the student the opportunity to study Early Childhood Education and Care from differing perspectives – psychological, social, educational and cultural.


Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies


7th November 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

15th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
16th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

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For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

What is Early Childhood Education and Care?

There is an ever increasing demand for quality Preschool services in Ireland today and the BA in Early Childhood Education and Care provides specialised training, support, advice and information on best practice for the education and care of young children from 0 to 6 years with a view to supporting the development of an Early Childhood Education and Care workforce.

CR620 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

The course aims to train graduates to educate and meet the needs of children aged 0-6 years and to manage childcare facilities. The various biological, cognitive, emotional, and social stages of a child’s development are studied. The course offers the student the opportunity to study early childhood from differing perspectives – educational, psychological, social, and cultural.

The course also includes tuition in Art, Music and Drama, which will provide an extensive portfolio of child-centred activities. Attention is also paid to practical skills needed in this type of work such as child health, exercise and nutrition, and the physical care of children.

Work Placement

Central to the Early Childhood Education and Care Degree is the Professional Work Practice (PWP), i.e. a Placement experience of 12 weeks duration in both Years 2 and 3 of the course. This involves supervised hands-on experience in centres approved by the Institute, for example, Preschools, Naíonraí, Creches, Primary Schools, and Centre for Children with Special Educational Needs.

There is an option of international placements with partner organisations in other European countries.

There are 2 mandatory work placement experiences in this course

  • Year 2: 12 weeks
  • Year 3: 12 weeks

Further Study

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Question Time

Am I fully qualified to work in Early Childhood Education and Care after three years study in CR 620?

Is there a pathway to primary school teaching from this course?
BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care graduates are eligible to apply for the Professional Masters in Education (PME) in Primary Teaching, which is a 2-year Level 9 Qualification, as long as they present with the minimum Leaving Certificate requirement in Irish or suitable equivalent. The Department of Education and Skills recognises this PME to teach in Primary Schools.

How many places are available in Year 1?
There are 60 places.

Graduate Profile

Clíodhna Walsh

“Work placement, Creative Arts, small classes, and dedicated lecturers make this course the best of its kind. Graduates from this course have a new and different approach.

Group work and psychology played a major role in my personal and emotional growth as a childcare professional. The support from lecturers of this course is exceptional. They will go above and beyond their call of duty for their students. They are available for discussions, emails, and feedback to help you along, and their support enabled me to attain my first class honours degree.

I established my own business, a Naíonra. The Business Administration, Law in Early Years, and Business modules contributed to this accomplishment.”

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


Full details of the modules on these programmes of study are available by clicking the following links:

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

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8)

Employment opportunities include:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Children with additional needs
  • Children’s Residential Care Centres
  • Family and Community Support Centres

Employment opportunities include Early Childhood Education and Care; Children with Specific Learning Needs; Children’s Residential Care Centres; Family and Community Support Centres; and After School Services.

BA (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8) graduates are strongly positioned and fully qualified to take up management roles in each of the above settings.


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.
Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2019: 366

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Judith Butler, Course Coordinator
T: 021 4335348

Anne Deasy, Department Secretary
021 433 5930