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Bachelor in Science (Early Childhood Education)

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.

How will I study?

A key part of this degree programme is the flexibility of its delivery. Although each year is full-time, classes – online and face to face – will be scheduled to accommodate a wide range of students. That includes students who have just completed the Leaving Certificate or FETAC qualifications and those who are currently employed in the early childhood education and care sector.

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
  • Foundation in Special Educational needs in Early Childhood Education
  • 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: 300

FETAC Requirements

Full Level 5 Major award in one of the following areas, with distinctions in at least 5 modules: Art, Craft and Design, Creative Craft, Design, Graphic Design, Administration, Office Administration, Applied Social Studies, Business Studies, Education and Training, Information Processing, Cultural and Heritage Studies, Language and European Studies, General Studies, Early Childhood, Community Care, Community Development, Health Service Skills, Music.

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

In mid-March, the CAO will email all mature applicants regarding whether they have met the minimum entry requirements. Any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, and wishes to be assessed on mature grounds, will be advised to complete and return a 'Mature Student Supplementary Application Form' directly to Marino Institute of Education. The closing date will be 5.15pm Friday 4th May. Applicants will be notified of interview dates and times in mid-May. Please note that any offer will be subject to fulfilling the minimum entry requirements for CM020.