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Bachelor in Science (Early Childhood Education)

2019 CAO Points: 336

What is the B.Sc. (Early Childhood Education)?

The quality of education and care that children receive in the earliest years of their lives has a huge influence on their subsequent education and happiness. In order to enhance existing provision of courses for preparing early childhood practitioners, MIE is delighted to offer this new level 8 degree which is accredited by Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. The flexible delivery of this programme makes it attractive both to those who intend to work in the sector and to those who are already employed there.

What will I study?

Students will study a wide range of courses to help them become knowledgeable, dedicated early childhood practitioners. These include child psychology, play, language and literacy, enquiry-based learning, child care and protection, arts and the early years. You will learn about educators who have influenced the education of young children, including Montessori, Froebel and Vygotsky. You will learn about the Aistear programme and will take education placements in a variety of early childhood settings.

What are my career options?

Graduates of this programme will have the skills and competence to work in a variety of early childhood education and care settings.

What other options do I have?

Graduates of the programme at level 8 may continue to further study in the area of education or in early childhood education at masters level. They may also apply for the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching), in MIE or elsewhere.



  • Psychology and the Developing Child
  • Curriculum & Pedagogical perspective: Dispositions and Play
  • International Best Practice in Early Childhood Education
  • Developing Movement Skills through Activity and Play
  • Awakening the Senses: Creativity and the Visual Arts
  • A Nurturing Pedagogy: Care Skills in the Early Years
  • Literacies in Early Years: Language Acquisition
  • Elective*


  • Understanding Childhood in Context
  • Curriculum & Pedagogical Perspectives: Models of Curriculum & Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education: Policy and Practice in Ireland
  • Well-being and Health Education in Early Childhood
  • Inquiry-Based Learning and Environmental Care
  • Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Mathematical Awareness
  • Elective*


  • Constructions of Childhood
  • Curriculum & Pedagogical Perspectives: Interactions & Relationships
  • Legal Context of Early Childhood Education
  • The Inner Landscape of the Child
  • Music, Drama and Integrated Arts
  • Cultural Diversity in the Early Years Environment
  • Early Literacies
  • Elective*


  • Professional Development: Applying Theory to Practice
  • Field Placement
  • Research Methods & Dissertation


Elective modules are chosen from

  • Communication for Education
  • Financial Management in Education
  • Early Childhood Education through the Medium of Irish.
  • Leadership: Theory & Practice
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  • Creative Technologies in Early Childhood Education

NOTE: Not all options are offered every year

General information:

CAO code: CM020

Duration: 4 years full-time

Award level: NFQ 8

ECTS Credits: 240

Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Minimum entry requirements:

No. of Leaving Cert subjects: 6

Grade H5 on a higher level paper in not less than two subjects

Grade 06/H7 in four subjects 

Minimum grades: Maths – H7/O6

English – H7/O6, Language – H7/O6

Minimum CAO Points Requirement: 315

QQI Requirements

Students with appropriate QQI (Level 5 and Level 6) qualifications, with a minimum of five distinctions, can be admitted on a competitive basis to this course.

The QQI awards accepted can be found here.

Advanced Entry

Students who have successfully completed one or more years in a similar full-time course at degree level may apply for advanced entry to the B.Sc.(Early Childhood Education) programme. Such places are limited and applicants must meet all the minimum requirements of the programme and attend an interview. Contact admissions@mie.ie for information.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must apply through the CAO by 5.15pm 1st February. A mature student must be 23 years of age or over on 1st January in the year of intended entry. The CAO online application facility for late applicants opens on 5th March and closes on 1st May at 5.15pm.

In mid-March, the MIE Admissions Office will email mature applicants and advise them to complete and return a 'Mature Student Supplementary Application Form'. The closing date will be 5.00pm Friday 3rd May. Applicants will be notified of interview dates and times in mid-May. Please note that any offer is typically subject to fulfilling the minimum entry requirements for CM020.