Early Childhood Studies & Practice

NUI Galway


Course Name Early Childhood Studies & Practice
Course Provider NUI Galway
Course Code 95255 (Assigned by Qualifax. Not an official code)
Course Type Postgraduate
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)  More info... Major National University of Ireland Level 9 NFQ
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Attendance Options Part time, Distance, Online
Location (Districts) Galway City
Qualification Letters MA
Enrolment and Start Dates Comment Start date September
Application Date


The closing dates for each course varies, but are typically from mid-July to late August each academic year.

Application Procedure
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Duration Duration 2 years, part-time
Mode of study Blended learning

The course will be delivered on a part-time modular basis over two years using a blended learning approach. Blended learning combines traditional learning approaches with distance learning and utilises a variety of teaching methods and assessment techniques. Attendance at workshops and tutorials forms an integral part of the overall learning experience.
Course Fee Fees:
EU: Year 1 €4,200, Year 2 €3,700
Non-EU: Year 1 €4,700, Year 2 €4,200
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Entry Requirements

Expand+1. Academic Students are normally required to have a minimum of a 2.2, NFQ Level 8, primary degree award in Early Childhood Studies and Practice, in Early Years Education and Care, in Social Care, or in a related discipline.

2. Experiential Appli...

Comment Awards
A Master of Arts (Early Childhood Studies) at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) will be awarded on the successful attainment of 90 ECTS. Students who exit the course having accumulated 60 ECTS may be awarded an NFQ Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Early Childhood Studies). Students who exit the course having accumulated 30 ECTS may be awarded an NFQ Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Early Childhood Studies).
Course Content

Expand+Course Overview
The Masters of Arts (Early Childhood Studies) has been developed to meet the needs of professionals working in or supporting the early years care and education sector, and may also be attractive to individuals with a particular inter...

Subjects Taught

Expand+Historical perspectives of childhood and family life (5 ECTS)
Ireland has experienced significant change in family structure, family formation, and family-related attitudes and practices over the past 40 years. In addition, our understanding of chil...

Assessment Method Assessment
Innovative and authentic assessments methods are used throughout the course which will enable learners to demonstrate capabilities and competencies as well as academic knowledge. Methods may include written assignments, reflective journals, e-learning and multi-media exercises, group projects, practical assignments, presentations and reports, though this list is not exhaustive.
Number of Credits ECTS 90 ECTS
Careers or Further Progression

Expand+Professional Competence and Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course will be well-placed to take on leadership and development roles, impacting progressively on the ever-evolving Irish ECEC sector. Potential roles include teaching and research,...

Further Enquiries Valerie Kelly
+353 (0)91 492080
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