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.)
Type of qualification/award First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Adrian Mario Gellel
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and Care will equip you with professional and necessary knowledge, values and skills to work with children between the ages of 0-7. Whether you are a prospective practitioner or a more experienced Early Childhood Educator, we will provide you a high-quality service that will make you professional educators. The course exposes you to various pedagogical models and perspectives in order to allow you the flexibility to make informed choices and have an eclectic repertoire which best addresses the teaching and learning situations you will face in Early Years settings.

The course aims to develop your call to the profession by forming your attitudes and character, have a good understanding of theories of learning, development, and play; develop an ability to understand children’s perspectives through their ways of communication; and be able to prepare curricular activities and experiences that enhance inquiry, participation and interaction.

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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 subject.

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 Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (MCAST) or any other comparable and equivalent recognised qualification 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 English Language, Maltese and 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.

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 2022.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
The study-units are focused to introduce you to professional, philosophical and pedagogical issues across different disciplines, with the aim to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competences needed, including:

• the ability to plan, develop and implement developmentally appropriate activities that are based on their interests through the most effective way; hence 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 and 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.

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If you are interested in pursuing a career where you would like to work with young children in a learning environment, then this is the ideal course for you.
As a graduate of the B.A. (Hons.) ECEC, you will have the necessary skills, competences and qualifications to work with children aged 3-5 years old, in kindergarten settings within schools. You will also have the option of pursuing 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 2022/3.

Last Updated: 15 July 2022

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