Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Years’ Montessori Education

Programme Code NM801
Field of Study Early Childhood Care and Education
Type of Programme Postgraduate
ECTS 120
Type of Qualification Higher Diploma (HETAC level 8)
Duration 2 years
Fees 2017 HDip 2nd year

 Course Information:

Research has indicated that exposure to a programme with a strong pedagogical basis in the first five years of life is highly advantageous to the child, and parents and employers continue to look for excellence in early years’ care and education. The Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Years Montessori Education is designed for graduates who wish to embark on a career in pre-school education. This programme will provide a broad understanding of the field of Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland and internationally. It will also provide a firm pedagogical foundation in Montessori philosophy and practice while embracing the core competence, skills and knowledge for working with children within the National frameworks of Síolta and Aistear.

Year 1
  • Module 1-01: Professional Placement and Development in ECEC
  • Module 1-02: The Creative Child
  • Module 1-03: Developmental Psychology
  • Module 1-04: Social Policy in ECEC
  • Module 1-05: Sociology of Childhood: Spaces and Places
  • Module 1-06: The Child at Play
  • Module 1-07: Active Start
  • Module 1-08: ICT in the Early Years
  Year 2
  • Module 2-01: Montessori Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Module 2-02: Montessori Placement
  • Module 2-03: Special Education in the Early Years
  • Module 2-04: Research in Early Childhood Education and Care
Admission Requirements:
  • A degree in any discipline at level 7/8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
  • Interview
  • Full Garda vetting clearance.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

The College recognises that many graduate applicants may have substantial cognate learning acquired through other programmes of study in Early Childhood Education and Care. In such cases, under the College’s RPL policy, it will be possible to complete the programme within a shorter timeframe. The College’s RPL policy may similarly facilitate graduates with other cognate ELEMENTS acquired through degrees in e.g.Nursing, Sociology, Social Care, Teaching, Psychology etc. Graduates of these disciplines may apply for RPL for individual modules in Year 1 (see list of year one modules). Where applicants feel that this may apply in their cases, then SNMCI’s RPL policy will detail the procedure to be followed. This is available on the website here

  • For further information about the course contact the Programme Director
  • Ann King  email: ann.king@snmci.ie
 Locations: Dublin and Cork
Please address enquiries to the Programme Director

Entry to the programme is by direct application to the College.

A copy of the application form is available below.

What you will need to apply:
  • Completed application form below (BLOCK CAPITALS)
  • 3 x passport photographs, signed on back.
  • Transcript of level 7/8 award.
  • Any other course awards you may have obtained.

Higher Diploma

Applications should be submitted to:

Admissions Officer,

Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland,

16 Adelaide Street,

Dún Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.


Indicative Timetables

2017-2018 Dublin Year One Indicative Timetable

2017-2018 Dublin Award Indicative Timetable

2017-2018 Cork Year One Indicative Timetable

H.Dip2017-2018 Cork Award Indicative Timetable

For transfer & progression from this course see Further Study Page

For potential employment upon completion of the course see Employment Page

Are you a graduate interested in a career in Early Childhood Education.  Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland offers a graduate Diploma in Early Years Montessori Education.

Graduates in Early Childhood Studies can complete in one year.  For all other graduates the programme is two years.

Please contact Ann King at 01 280 6064 ext 27 or by email to ann.king@snmci.ie and she will be happy to provide further information or organise a meeting with you to discuss this.  Such a meeting can be organised in Cork or Dublin.