Some Saturday workshops (Dun Laoghaire) per month*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Mode of Study
Online PM Weekly Classes
4 Face to Face workshops*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Instalment plans available
Tax rebate (20%) eligible
This course equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to manage and lead early years settings in Ireland. This includes both the business management skills needed to operate a successful early years business and the educational leadership skills to engage and motivate children, fellow educators and parents. The course includes four 5 credit modules covering these key skills and competencies.
All part-time applications are via direct application to the College.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications from international learners are very welcome, though please note that this programme is not on the ILEP and therefore cannot provided Stamp 2 visa status. Please register your interest and we will be in touch with next steps.
MODULE 1: Introduction to Business Management
This module aims to provide learners with a general knowledge of management in education. Learners will develop and acquire skills in planning, delivering and communicating in an education setting. They will also examine relevant legal and financial requirements. An understanding of basic business and management will add core competencies and skills to the graduate profile and allow graduates to pursue positions of responsibility and display management, communication and leadership skills in educational settings.
MODULE 2: Leadership in Early Years
Leadership in education is multifaceted: it involves managing within a setting, engaging with stakeholders, navigating through a complex policy environment, and also modelling sensitive and effective leadership. This module examines key leadership concepts. It explores leadership styles and teambuilding skills; enabling the learner to identify his or her own skills. It evaluates the roles of regulatory and advisory agencies and of professional networks and stresses the importance of CPD to engage with policy and procedures while dealing with issues in the workplace.
MODULE 3: Business Management
MODULE 4: Leading Inclusive Practice
This module builds on Inclusive practice as addressed in Montessori Practice 1&2. The multi-faceted role of educators, in engaging with and developing strategies to support full inclusion of all children, calls for a broad understanding, of those who present with diverse needs, and of the families and communities to which they belong. This module allows learners to look at the changing nature of Irish society and the nature of inclusive practice in Irish education. It will allow learners to look at more specific methodologies and inclusive strategies, and their function and application, when working with all children in a range of educational settings. It will also allow learners to consider the concept of leadership in teaching and learning in diverse settings; leading the teaching and leading the team.
Course fees = €1,650**Newly enrolling students must pay a €500 deposit to secure a place. The deposit will be deducted from the first year’s fees.
**Those who make a deposit before Christmas 2022 will receive a €500 discount**
Instalment plans are available.
Income tax credit at the marginal rate of 20% is also available for Irish tax payers for all fees over the disregard amount of €3,000 (FT) anf €1,500 (PT).
Total Fees = €5,990
Disregard = €3,000
Tax credit = €2,990 x 20% = €598
Net Fees = €5,990 = €598 = €5,392
Each person’s tax situation is different. Please consult revenue’s website for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this for?
This course will suit early years educators who are in leadership positions, or who are aspiring to such positions, and who are seeking to develop their management and leadership capability. The course also provides a support and stepping stone for professionals with newly or established early years settings or those seeking to open a new setting.
This course has been designed to align to the Leadership career pathway as outlined in the soon to be published Early Years Workforce Development Plan. This plan will set targets for lead educators and managers (persons in charge) of early years settings to be qualified at Level 7 or above by 2028.
Why St Nicholas Montessori College?
We are accredited by QQI and we are a founder member of the Higher Education College Association (HECA). We have been delivering education programmes since 1970 and all of our programmes our underpinned by our application of Montessori philosophy and methodology which values the unique learning potential of every human being. Our College is compact and accessible, offering learners a true sense of belonging and community in the heart of Dun Laoghaire and Cork.
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