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How do I apply for exemption from a module? Will my prior learning be recognised?

Once a candidate has accepted a place on a programme, details on how to apply for exemptions will be made available.  Exemptions may be sought for the following modules only: Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion. Exemptions will be granted based on assessment of prior learning in these two specific areas and applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully met the learning outcomes for these two modules.

What will the coursework and assessments involve?

Assessments include: written assignments, multiple-choice quizzes, and the development of practical materials. Assessments will focus on linking practical knowledge of working in ECCE settings to the module content. There will be no formal written examinations.

Must I be online at specific times during the week?

There will be a weekly live chat with the tutor, which will provide an opportunity to engage in live discussions with the tutor and other learners, and to ask questions and seek clarification in real time.

What is the duration of the LINC Programme?

The programme will run from January until the beginning of July . The 2020/21 programme comprises 6 modules delivered over two semesters: spring; summer.

 

How much study is involved in the programme?

It is estimated that participants will spend 8-10 hours per week undertaking self-directed study and participating in online discussion fora.

How will the course be delivered?

LINC will be delivered entirely online for the 2020/2021 academic year, for more see our programme overview page.

I’m doing the programme this year, what exemptions will I qualify for?

Please refer to the Eligibility and Exemptions section of our website here. Exemptions can be discussed with your tutor at your orientation session.

Is this programme necessary if I have already completed a programme on leading the inclusion of children with additional needs?

Yes. The LINC programme is designed specifically for the purpose of developing the role of Inclusion Coordinator. Only services with graduates from the LINC programme will be eligible for the associated additional capitation of €2 per child on the ECCE programme.

What modules can I apply for an exemption from?

Requests for exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with qualifications at level 6 and higher may seek exemptions from the Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion modules, only. When applying for exemptions, applicants must demonstrate they have successfully met the learning outcomes for these modules.  It is mandatory for all participants on the programme to complete the following modules: Inclusion in Early Years’ Settings: Concepts and Strategies; Promoting Collaborative Practice for Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education; Leadership for Inclusion; and the Portfolio Module.

 

Table 1. Summary of Programme
Module Title Credits Semester
Inclusion in Early Years Settings: Concepts and Strategies 12 Autumn
Child Development 6 Autumn
Promoting Collaborative Practice for Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education 12 Spring
Curriculum for Inclusion  6 Spring
Leadership for Inclusion 12 Summer
Portfolio Module 12  Summer

Will I be required to take time off work?

No. The LINC programme is delivered in an online learning format and is specifically designed to enable participants to continue to work while on the programme.  The lessons are online and can be completed in  participants' own time, with a requirement to be online at a specific time just once a week.

When will orientation for the 2020/2021 LINC Programme take place and what will it consist of?

  1. Orientation will take place in the week of the 7-11th of December 2020. This can be completed at a time that suits the student over the course of the week.  It will be delivered on Moodle (the college's online learning platform).
  2. Students will be issued with an email on Monday the 7th of December with a link to a PDF and a video link to enrol on Moodle and details on how to access Orientation.
  3. Orientation will take approximately 2-3 hours in total to complete. It can be completed in the students own time over the course of the week but all students should have this process complete by Friday the 11th of December.
  4. Students will receive full support from their Tutor in term of completing all aspects of Orientation.

What does “special purpose” award mean?

This award is designed exclusively to facilitate the development of the role of Inclusion Coordinator in early years settings, and in August 2018, the DCYA announced that this qualification now meets ECCE Room Leader (Standard Capitation) Status. The modules included in this programme are unique to this award, with the exception of Child Development and Curriculum for Inclusion. A full list of the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications can be found here.