This advanced Certificate enables graduates to work with children up to 6 years of age. Having gained 3 years’ experience in employment, graduates may apply for the post of Room Leader in a Montessori Pre-school, Naíonra, or in other early years services. During the course all students get the opportunity to experience 120 hours of work experience in a Montessori Early Years’ Service.
Students visit Blackrock Observatory to learn about our solar system and planet earth and also participate in hands on science experiments. As part of Continuous Professional Development, in the second term, students are offered Leadership Training and will also attend a Conference on ‘The Professionalization of Early Years Practitioners’. For students interested in sport, football training is also offered.
QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education 6M2007
Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)
QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)
€530 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €280)
- Child Development 6N1942
- Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944
- Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6N1945
- Work Experience 6N1946
- Personal & Professional Development 6N1949
- Early Learning Philosophy 6N1932
- Early Learning Environment 6N1933
- Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy 6N1935
- Early Childhood Arts and Culture 6N1936
Applicants must have a Leaving Certificate with 6 passes to include at least 2 H5 grades on Higher Level papers. English, Irish and Maths are required. Leaving Certificate subjects and a Level 5 Major award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009 to include component ‘Children with Additional Needs’ 5N2396. Participants are required to be Garda Vetted. Police Clearance is required for non Irish Nationals.
- Work experience – two mornings a week in a registered Montessori School.
- CPD – conferences & visiting speakers
- Football for all training (optional)
- Field trips
- Leadership training
- First Aid Training (optional)
- Manual handling training and certification (requirement for work experience)
- Interactive workshop in pre-school science
Direct entry, for eligible candidates, to BA in Montessori education (Level 8) at Cork Institute of Technology and to St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (2 years of study).
Dundalk IT Level 7 BA in Applied Early Childhood Studies (hosted in CCOC) but must have two years’ work experience in a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service (minimum of 15 hours per week) and must have access to a Tusla registered Early Years’ Service work in another relevant organisation in the Early Years Sector throughout their course of study to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to meet the different module learning outcomes.
Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.
Montessori Pre-school Teacher, Montessori Leader in Early Years setting, supervisory positions in early years settings and within organisations which require leaders to manage & provide childcare places. SNA positions in primary schools. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.
I started my Further Education with College of Commerce doing my FETAC Level 5 as it was known back then. The dedication of the teachers and material covered with College of Commerce spurred me on to do my Level 8 Honours degree at Cork Institute of Technology. Now, today, I am back where I started here at the college doing teaching practice for my Higher Diploma in Further Education. This could not have been achieved without College of Commerce for without it, things would have worked out very differently for me. I cannot praise the college highly enough for starting me on my educational journey.Chris Howard
I really enjoyed the course, the teachers were always really helpful and were a great support. I’m now working as a relief SNA and I love it!Jessica Ryan
A member of the Cork and National Council of the Association of Childhood Professionals advocating for the professionalisation of the Early Years Sector.Moira McGuinness