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Early Childhood Education (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
TU Dublin (formerly DIT) is the longest established provider of Early Childhood Education in Ireland. Our first programme commenced in 1977, when we offered a  one year certificate programme to pre-school workers in the Eastern Health Board. 
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The certificate programme was extended to two years in 1985 followed by the  introduction of a two year part-time Diploma programme in 1993. The BA in ECCE  was introduced in September 1999. In September 2005, First Year intake on a new 3- year BA (Hons.) took place.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) generally refers to education before the start of primary school attendance (0-6 years in Ireland). Services include pre-schools, Naíonraí, specific intervention centres such as community support preschools, Barnardo's childcare services, Focus Ireland support services, crèches, child-minding and after-school groups.

The programme

The early years are well recognised by legislators, policymakers, educationalists and researchers as a critical period in children’s learning and development.

The ECE professional needs to understand many facets of the child’s learning and development and the role of early education and care in promoting the best outcomes for children.

There is a work placement for 30 days in Year 1 and 60 days in both Years 2 and 3.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Early Years 
  • Introduction to Early Education 
  • Professional Practice Issues 
  • The Early Years 
  • Art in Early Education - Drama in Education 
  • Supervised Practice Placement 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must apply through the CAO system. 
  • Applicants must have obtained a full award. A Component Certificate is not sufficient. 
  • The best 8 modules are used for ranking purposes for a reserved quota of places on a number of courses.
  • A major award may be accumulated over more than one academic year.  In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI for a major award where courses are taken over more than one year.
  • Applicants presenting full QQI Level 5 awards will not be required to meet minimum entry requirements based on Leaving Certificate results. The QQI Level 5 award is accepted in its own right.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3819 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3819 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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