Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care – Starting Sept – €1200 year 1

Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care – Starting Sept – €1200 year 1

Master of Arts in Leadership in Early Years Education and Care – Two-years part time 


This is a programme offered exclusively for Wexford & Wicklow Childcare Practitioners

Learners must be currently employed

County Wexford Chamber Skillnet is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Union and Network Member Companies.

Limited to 10 places (First Year ONLY)


What is the Course about?

Early Years Education and Care is a rapidly growing area in Ireland. This programme has been designed to facilitate and prepare students and current practitioners or those with an interest in early childhood education for leadership and management roles in the operation of early childhood education services and related public policy.

This Masters programme will develop students’ ability to both analyse, manage and creatively respond to critical issues and changes in early childhood care policy and service implementation, all the time being cognisant of the best interests of the child


Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements are a Level 8 degree, with a minimum of Second-Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Applied Social Studies
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Social Sciences or cognate area

Candidates with significant relevant work experience (as determined by IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with SETU’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


Further Study and Career Opportunities:

Graduates of the programme may progress to a PhD programme of study in the discipline areas, in Ireland or abroad. Graduates of the programme may also be eligible to progress to a professional doctorate in the field of teaching and learning in both Irish and international Institutions.

This is an ideal postgraduate programme for students or current practitioners within the early childhood education sector who are interested in becoming an administrator, director or manager of early childhood education programmes. It is also suitable for those interested in advisory, mentoring and inspection roles within the sector.


What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories and key concepts with a focus on leadership and critical assessment skills within an Irish and International context;
  • Analyse the current theories, concepts, challenges and research areas with an ability to solve complex problems through a variety of reflective and participatory work;
  • Exhibit critical awareness of contemporary issues and challenges relating to the role and effect of early years education on the child, the family and society;
  • Apply the theory and practice of leadership roles in supporting quality;
  • Engage in scholarly debate at an academic, policy and practice based level on a range of early year’s education and leadership issues;
  • Develop, maintain and build on professional relationships fostered throughout the programme with practical skills and tools to reflect and critically self-evaluate;
  • Gather, assimilate, synthesise and analyse information on a variety of levels;
  • Critically reflect on how leadership practice in early year’s education connects to and interacts with wider social issues in Ireland and beyond.


 What subjects will I study?


Module Title Credits
Leadership, Strategy & Governance 10
Contemporary Issues in Early Years Policy, Theory & Practice 10
Arts based research in Early Years Education and Care 10
Leading Quality in Early Years Education and Care 10
Educational Psychology 10
Transformative Children’s Rights Education 10
Research Methods and Dissertation 30


How do I apply?

Complete booking form and you will be contacted by one of our team, requesting a copy of your current qualifications  (must have a level 8)- awarding body and reference number.


Cost and Payment Schedule:

The cost per year is €1,200.  To  pay in full, complete the booking form and pay now.  However a payment plan is available.  Please select invoice instead of pay now when completing the booking form. The payment schedule is as follows:

Deposit – €400 paid by 24th May 2024
Instalment 1 – €400 paid by 26th July 2024
Final Instalment – €400 paid by 9th September 2024