PgDip / MA Blended

Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years

24 months
12000 EUR/year
2400 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Through this Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years programme at the Atlantic Technological University you will develop key skills to help you build your own leadership and advocacy capacity; to shape and influence the key organisations and agencies in the early years sector and to effectively bring about real change.


On completion of this Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years programme at the Atlantic Technological University you will be able to:

  • Document, recognise and reflect on your existing bank of knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Critically assess and apply central theories of leadership and management from within and outside the sector, in an international context
  • Engage in effective professional advocacy communication, networking and lobbying.
  • Understand how contemporary ECCE organisations work, how to effectively engage and change them, and why it can be so challenging to achieve this?
  • Compare policy in the Irish early years sector with other leading Early Years comparators internationally, through study, networking and direct experience
  • Engage critically in research, with an in-depth knowledge of crucial social issues related to children and, the skills to conduct ethical research of your own.

How this course works? The programme is structured around two modules each semester (Semester 1 which runs from September to January & Semester 2 which runs from January to May).You will be engaged in content that will include online lectures (six per module) from lecturers and key leaders and experts in the field; online discussions and activities; access to digital resources, and share your own experiences.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities are dependent on where you are resident and what your career aspirations are e.g. Early Years Inspectorate, Better Start Mentors, Manager/ Support and Development Staff of City and County Childcare Committees, Management/Leadership roles in Tusla, Management/Policy roles with National Voluntary Organisations, Management roles in Family Resource Centres and as managers of both private and community Early Years services.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making & Analysing Social Policy 
  • Children's Lives 
  • Contemporary Child Psychology 
  • Researching Leadership and Advocacy in ECCE 
  • Leading Organisations and Change Management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

Get your student insurance now

Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at Atlantic Technological University and/or in Ireland, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2.2 BA Honours in Early Childhood or cognate discipline and will have at least two years experience working in the early years sector or a related field completed at the end of the programme of study.
  • Where large numbers apply far exceeding available places shortlisting of applications for an interview may occur.
  • All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for a place on the programme. The highest scoring applicants will be offered a place.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2400 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Sligo

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years
Atlantic Technological University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!