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http://www.cit.ie
The New BA Hons. Early Years Education
As society changes, so must we …
Dr. Cian O’ Neill
Dept. of Sport...
2016-12-02 2
The Current Programme Model
 3 Year Level 7 Degree with a Level 8 add-on
 … 88% progressed to the Level 8 programme in A...
If it’s not broken …
2016-12-02 4
If it’s not broken …
2016-12-02 5
If it’s not broken …
2016-12-02 6
If it’s not broken …
‘The analogy of the misinformed!!!’
2016-12-02 7
Advisory Panel Meeting
2016-12-02 8
• Level 8 Ab initio Programme
• Level 7 Exit Award
• Review of the Placement Experienc...
What won’t change …
Applied & Employment-Focused Programme
 Placement: Linking theory with practice, developing as a refl...
What won’t change …
 There has been a long standing relationship
between the EYE programme with the
Vincerola Internation...
What won’t change …
2016-12-02 11
2016-12-02 12
http://www.cit.ie
Dr. Cian O’ Neill
01.12.16
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Recent changes and Developments in Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies

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Dr Cian O’ Neill, Head of Department of Sport, leisure & Childhood Studies. An overview of the recent changes to the BA Early Years
Education Programme including the new Level 8 ab initio
offering, changes to work placement and the new suites of
modules designed to align with revised national policy.

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Recent changes and Developments in Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies

  1. 1. http://www.cit.ie The New BA Hons. Early Years Education As society changes, so must we … Dr. Cian O’ Neill Dept. of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies Date: 01.12.16
  2. 2. 2016-12-02 2
  3. 3. The Current Programme Model  3 Year Level 7 Degree with a Level 8 add-on  … 88% progressed to the Level 8 programme in AY1617  Placement in Years 1-3 for 6-8 weeks  ‘Short–Fat’ module structure to facilitate Placement  Strong emphasis on the role of Creative Arts in Education 2016-12-02 3
  4. 4. If it’s not broken … 2016-12-02 4
  5. 5. If it’s not broken … 2016-12-02 5
  6. 6. If it’s not broken … 2016-12-02 6
  7. 7. If it’s not broken … ‘The analogy of the misinformed!!!’ 2016-12-02 7
  8. 8. Advisory Panel Meeting 2016-12-02 8 • Level 8 Ab initio Programme • Level 7 Exit Award • Review of the Placement Experience (2 X 12 weeks) • Enhance the Pers. & Prof. Development suite of modules • Introduce new & more topical modules • Rationalise some current suites to accommodate this • Scope for more cross-curricular links with Montessori Ed.
  9. 9. What won’t change … Applied & Employment-Focused Programme  Placement: Linking theory with practice, developing as a reflective practitioner, mentored by cooperating educators in the school/educational setting as well as by Institute tutors  Portfolio of Learning: Developing a Portfolio of Learning detailing all the content, concepts & practical experiences that they learned throughout the programme  Case Study Assessments: Case Study on one aspect of multicultural educational settings or the presence of diversity in a school setting  Resource Development: Creation & development of a ‘Parents Handbook’ that can be provided in schools to parents who would like guidelines & ideas regarding home-based activities from both an educational and play perspective  Curriculum Development: Devise their own curriculum for the EYE sector. This could be an adaptation of current guidelines or a totally new & novel curriculum that they feel is appropriate to contemporary education in such settings  Group Work: Students engage in group work across the 4 years in various tasks, e.g. to develop an emergent curriculum that promotes diversity & inclusivity 2016-12-02 9
  10. 10. What won’t change …  There has been a long standing relationship between the EYE programme with the Vincerola International Montessori Day Nursery & Pre-School (Germany). The most recent cohort (12 students) completed a 12 week student mobility programme in Spring 2016  We are currently in the process of establishing a MOU with a Partner Universities in both Malta sand the US to expand our international mobility opportunities to our students 2016-12-02 10 Student Mobility: Vincerola & Beyond
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  13. 13. http://www.cit.ie Dr. Cian O’ Neill 01.12.16 Thank you

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