BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Information Podcast

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As the CAO deadline approaches on May 1, a special edition of the Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast features Dr Leah O’Toole, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University. Dr Leah O’Toole talks about the BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning, of which she is  Programme Coordinator.

This is a level 8 degree delivered in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland. You can find out more here:

BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Information Podcast

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The BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning is a Full time, Level 8, honours degree, catering for those aspiring to enter the Early Childhood Education and Care sector from Leaving Certificate, further education or mature student paths. Those currently working in the ECEC sector may be interested in the flexible BA in Early Childhood Teaching and Learning (MH004).

Why choose this degree?

  • The programme is closely linked with Early Childhood Education and Care practice, and its staff are experienced in the development, delivery and advocacy of Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Work placements take place in Tusla-notified Early Childhood Education and Care settings.
  • It is a progressive Level 8 degree, supporting the development of outstanding early childhood educators.
  • This degree offers graduates the option of progressing their careers in Early Childhood Education and Care in varied professional roles.
  • This programme is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (instituted to review Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes for the Early Learning and Care Sector) as meeting the requirements of the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines standards.

Search for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learning programmes run by Maynooth University on

Whether you’ve just left school, eager to master a subject or considering upskilling, Maynooth University can accommodate all educational needs.

Maynooth University is an internationally recognised institution located 25 kilometres outside of Dublin, Ireland, and is the nation’s fastest growing university.

One of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth University in 2019 placed #50 in the global top 100 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

On 16 June 2017, Maynooth University celebrated its 20th birthday, having been formally established as an autonomous university in 1997. Yet, it traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, drawing inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and scholarship.

Today, Maynooth University is a place of lively contrasts–a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

With more than 12,000 students from more than 90 countries, Maynooth offers a range of programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level in the humanities, science and engineering, and social sciences, including business, law, and education. The University also offers a range of international programmes and partnerships.

Maynooth’s unique collegial culture fosters an interdisciplinary approach to research, which its world-class academics bring to bear in tackling some of the most fundamental challenges facing society today. The University’s research institutes and centres consolidate and deliver this impact as vibrant communities of learning, discovery and creation. Research at Maynooth also is very much central to its teaching, and the University prides itself on placing equal value on its research and teaching missions.

In addition to being named in THE’s Top 50 Under 50, Maynooth University is recognised among the top 400 universities in the world, the top 200 European universities, and as one of the top 200 universities for international connections and outlook.

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Steven Galvin

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