Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care
Course code UBAHECEFT
Postnominal B.A. (Hons) ECEC(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Suzanne Gatt
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The early years are the most important in the life of a child where the first relationships and experiences influence a child’s dispositions and attitudes towards learning and later life achievements. A high percentage (95%) of three and four year olds attend local kindergarten settings. Having well-trained professional staff who have the knowledge and understanding of how young children learn and develop is an important quality factor and a crucial element for positive impact on children. The aim of the B. A. (Hons.) ECEC is to help professionalise the early years sector, by providing early years students with the necessary knowledge, skills, competences and dispositions to work with young children as well as help them develop their notion of what it means to be an early years professional.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall, apart from satisfying the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admissions Regulations of the University, be in possession of a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in any one of the following subjects:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, History, Home Economics and Human Ecology, Information Technology, Italian, Maltese, Mathematics (Applied or Pure), Music, Philosophy, Physics, Religious Knowledge, Sociology and Spanish.

Applications shall also be accepted from persons who are not in possession of the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admissions Regulations but have obtained the following:

(i) the MCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Early Years OR the MCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development OR the MCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Child’s Play Learning and Development OR the Certificate in Pre-School Education (Education Division - Further Studies and Adult Education Department) OR the Certificate in Childcare (Education Division - Further Studies and Adult Education Department) and

(ii) a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level at grade C or better in any one of the following subjects:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, History, Home Economics and Human Ecology, Information Technology, Italian, Maltese, Mathematics (Applied or Pure), Music, Philosophy, Physics, Religious Knowledge, Sociology and Spanish and

(iii) a pass at SEC level at Grade 5 or better in Mathematics.

Applicants considered in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the University Admissions Board on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

All applicants shall submit with their application a Police Good Conduct Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Police in terms of the Conduct Certificates Ordinance, and shall not be included in the Register established under the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act.

Whilst filling in the online application for this course, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty of Education.

The number of students shall be limited to 60 students.

If the number of fully qualified applicants exceeds the number of students that can be accepted, applicants will be placed in rank order according to criteria approved by Senate. Interviews for selection of applicants will be held where there is a tie for any remaining place/s.

The University Admissions Board, after seeking the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, shall first consider eligible applicants whose qualifications were obtained in the Matriculation Certificate Examination or from another examining board, if the Faculty Admissions Committee is satisfied that the qualifications presented are comparable in content and equivalent in standard to the Matriculation Certificate Examination in the same subject/s. For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications and the special course requirements as stipulated above, were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first. If vacant places are still available, applicants who obtain all necessary qualifications and fulfil all special course requirements as stipulated above after the 31 August and before the 30 September shall be considered to take up the remaining places.

Students who on admission into the Course are not in possession of passes in English and Maltese at SEC level at Grade 3 or higher, or at Intermediate or Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or higher, or qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Board, shall be required to follow and successfully pass from proficiency course/s approved by the Board in Maltese and/or English (as applicable) before the end of the fifth semester of the Course. Students who do not satisfy these requirements by this period shall be required to interrupt their studies for up to a maximum of twelve months during which time they are expected to obtain these requirements. Students shall only be eligible to proceed with their studies if they comply with these requirements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

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The B.A. (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education and Care is being offered as a three-year, full-time course, to provide professional training for students to work with young children aged 3 – 5 years, in the informal settings of the kindergarten. The aim of the course is to provide students with sound pedagogical knowledge which will help them understand how young children learn and how to individualise learning to meet the individual interests, aptitudes, characteristics and contexts of children. Moreover, throughout the course the students will be exposed to a wide range of skills, including planning, observation, documentation, assessment and reflective practice, which are needed when one is working with young children. The participation of different lecturers who come from different professions and who have particular areas of expertise, enriches the programme. The programme will be taught over a variety of methods, including lectures, workshops, tutorials, observations, fieldwork and practical field placements, where students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand working with young children in school contexts. The study-units are focused to introduce students to professional, philosophical and pedagogical issues across different disciplines, with the aim to equip them with the knowledge, skills and competences needed, including:

• understanding the diversity of young children's growth and development
• developing an awareness of the impact of the social, cultural and life experiences on children’s learning and development
• a broad pedagogical knowledge to understand how young children learn
• the ability to plan, develop and implement developmentally appropriate activities that are based on their interests through the most effective way; therefore applying theory to practice;
• an awareness of a range of professional issues which impact directly on the management of and relationships amongst a group of learners
• an array of skills, attitudes and dispositions to become competent and committed professionals through the practical aspects of the course
• an awareness of the ethical issues implicit in the professional role
• a commitment to social justice and democratic participation in an education where children’s rights, voices and an ethics of care are valued
• an understanding that teaching and learning are complex processes that involve working with multi-disciplinary professionals, parents and multiple practitioners
• an acquisition of specialised knowledge of early childhood education-related aspects of the following areas: Psychology, Pedagogy, Professional Practice, Creative Activity, and Professional Issues.
This programme is targeted to all those students who would like to work with young children.
Graduates of the B. A. (Hons.) ECEC will have the necessary skills, competences and qualifications to work with children aged 3 - 5 years old, in kindergarten settings within schools.

Graduates of the B. A. (Hons.) ECEC will also have the option of pursing the Master in Teaching and Learning (MTL) Primary with the Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education, to become Primary School Teachers.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 7 October 2019

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