News on Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Years’ Montessori Education

15th May 2014
SNMCI is pleased to update you on the following course for 2014

Title of Programme: Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Years’ Montessori Education
NFQ Level: Level 8
Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS) – see also RPL section below
Location: Dublin and Cork.

Commences: September 2014**

**This programme has recently undergone an Expert Panel review for validation. SNMCI is awaiting formal approval documentation from QQI/HETAC.


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 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.


Entry 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 will have substantial cognate learning acquired through other programmes of study in areas dealing with 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 including Nursing, Sociology, and Psychology.

If 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


How to apply:

Entry to the programme is by direct application to the College. A copy of the application form is available below.

Application FormApplications should be submitted to:

Ms Mary Scaggs,

Admissions Co-ordinator,

Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland,

16 Adelaide Street,

Dún Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.