MA in Mentoring, Management and Leadership in the Early Years

Course Description

The new MA in Mentoring, Management & Leadership in the Early Years (MML) commenced in January 2017. It is a 90 ECTS credit programme with an exit award of a Post Graduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS credits.

This new programme is aimed at professionals working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector who are currently in a management or leadership position, or for those who wish to progress their careers.

Programme Vision

The vision for this programme is to develop excellence in Early Childhood Education, mentoring, management and leadership. Students will be facilitated to develop their capacities in delivering Early Years services grounded in the highest ethical standards of care, continuing education and research.  

Who should apply?

Applicants must normally hold a minimum 2.2 result from a relevant Level 8 programme (eg, BA (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education). Applicants should have (a) formal management responsibilities as part of their work or have experience that has included dealing with issues and challenges that relate to management of the care environment and (b) should have at least two years' appropriate experience.

How to apply?

Apply [here] 

Where will I study?

The Programme will be delivered at the new DIT central campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7 (view video).

International Study Trip

At an additional cost, students will have the opportunity to take part in a field excursion where the purpose is to observe best practice Early Childhood Education in another jurisdiction.   


Programme Outline

Semester 1:

  • Perspectives on Mentoring in Early Childhood Education

  • The Role of Quality in Early Childhood Education

Semester 2:

  • Childhood in context

  • Management in Early Childhood Education Services

Semester 3:

  • Leadership & Organisational Change in Early Childhood Education

  • Optional module

Semester 4:

  • Research Methods and Dissertation


Students will have the opportunity to avail of a range of elective modules from other MA Programmes in the School (run subject to viable group sizes). 

  • At a glance
  • Level 9
  • Duration 2 years (4 semesters)

  • Contact
  • Mr. Jan Pettersen
  • 01-4024278
  • DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7.
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