M.Ed. On Campus Online

Early Childhood Education

Dublin City University

24 months
9000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Early Childhood Education programme of the Dublin City University incorporates current educational research and theory and the most effective pedagogical practices within a wide range of contemporary educational issues.



The Early Childhood Education programme of the Dublin City University is designed for those working to enhance children's learning and development, in the age range from birth to six years across the full diversity of early childhood settings, including the early years of primary school.

It will be of interest to professionals who have a desire to lead early childhood education, in particular:

  • Early childhood educators working with babies, toddlers and/or young children
  • Teachers working with children in Early Start units and the early years (junior and senior infants) of primary school
  • Personnel involved in mentoring, inspecting and/or the leadership and management of early childhood settings and advocacy
  • Educators who wish to further develop their expertise in early childhood education in relation to content knowledge, research, policy and practice


 The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is intended for those who wish to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice and/or policy development in early childhood education. 

Graduates will acquire advanced knowledge and skills and afford further career opportunities in a variety of contexts, for example:

  • Early childhood agencies and committees
  • Government organisations and departments
  • Educational management
  • Consultancy

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
  • Leading and Mentoring for Professional Practice
  • Children's Participation in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Contesting Current Discourses in Early Childhood Education and Care

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a Level 8 award with a minimum of a H2.2.
  • In general, applicants will have degrees in education, early childhood education or studies, education and training, or other related and cognate fields, and two years’ experience in setting(s) supporting children from birth to six years, which may be post or prior to their Level 8 award.
  • Recognition of prior learning/transfer/exemption procedures apply.
  • Students on the programme will need to have access to an early childhood setting or an Infant classroom.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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