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 interest in the area.
The course is designed to complement and support continued employment, however, it is not restricted to those employed in early years practice settings.
This part-time blended learning course was designed to interact with the developing policy, practice and research environment in early years care and education.
It is inspired by the continued evolution of the early years sector in Ireland, with contextual influence from Europe and from International trends.
Students will be expected to attend a number of full day workshops throughout each academic year (September to May). In the main, these workshops will be held on Saturdays, with higher weighted modules requiring an additional two or three Friday workshops each year.
Dates for all workshops will be provided to students at the commencement of each academic year. It is expected that the first intake of students workshops will take place in Galway.