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Lecturer in Early Childhood Education


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Reporting to:

Director of Learning & Teaching           


Purpose of Position:

The key functions of this position are to teach on a range of College programmes, develop curriculum and programme related materials and perform research associated with the College’s programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Specifically, NCI successfully launched a new BA in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and associated qualifications in September 2015. The role is to support this initiative and to develop and act as academic lead and Programme Director for the programmes.  The role will therefore involve building relationships and collaboration within the ECE and Further Education sectors.


Early Childhood Education programmes currently form part of the suite of programmes managed by the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CRILT). The college is considering the establishment of a new School of Humanities and Social Science. This new school would incorporate ECE programmes and the post of Lecturer in Early Childhood Education would report to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science.


Key Relationships:         


Director of Learning and Teaching/Dean of School

Director and colleagues in NCIs Early Learning Initiative

Faculty in a Schools


Associate Faculty

Programme Co-ordinators

Practitioners in ECE sector


Key Responsibilities:




 Lecture to students on within CRILT Learning and Teaching programmes and, when established, the School of Humanities and Social Science

 Lecture on certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes on a broad range of subjects.

 Design and deliver curriculum and education interventions.

 Provide a professional support to students in their learning activities.

 Facilitate tutorials associated with lectures.

 Participate in committees appropriate to courses.

 Engage in research consultancy and development work as appropriate.

 Preparation for teaching and all other work related activity.

 Provide such information as may be required by the College related to the activities of the role.

 Engage in the assessment processes of the College by setting and marking examinations and assignments and attending assessment boards and liaising with  external examiners.

 Set, correct and give written feedback on project work, research work and dissertation.

 Undertake the duties of the role in accordance with the requirements of the College Quality Assurance arrangement.

 Facilitate skills development workshops.

 Liaise with library re: reading materials, booklists, etc.

 Develop new and existing course material, using new learning technology and delivery mechanisms in particular.

 Assist in the drafting of submission documents, liaise with the validating bodies, promote, implement and review programmes.

Programme Development


Assist in the development of existing programmes and new programmes. This may involve drafting submission documents, liaison with the validating bodies, promoting, implementing and reviewing programmes.




Carry out research relevant to College activities including regular publications and presentations in peer reviewed journals and presentations at both national and international conferences.


Assist in the development of CRILT and the School of Humanities and Social Science as appropriate.

Act as programme director for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes in consultation with the Director of CRILT/Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Participate in College meetings as appropriate.

Contribute to academic and disciplinary committees as requested.

Be available to students outside of class contact hours for guidance and support.

Represent the college at functions and promotional events such as exhibitions, school visits, open days, recruitment evenings and other external events.

Act as a personal tutor and mentor.

Work on short courses, training and consultancy.

Visit students and employers as part of the college’s industrial placement programme.

Key Requirements:

The appointee will be expert in Early Childhood Education with experience and expertise, including teaching and research experience, in an appropriate combination of early childhood education, Irish ECE policy and regulatory frameworks, personal and professional development of early childhood educators, and specialist pedagogies for early childhood education.


Qualifications & Experience Required:


Excellent teaching skills

An active research track in ECE

PhD qualification in Early Childhood Education or connected discipline is desirable

Experience of teaching in Higher Education or Further Education

Knowledge of the ECE sector policies and practice

Ability to prepare course material and programme documentation

Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends

Ability to build relationships and collaborate

Adherence to professional standards of teaching 

Excellent communication skills, time management and PC skills.

He/she must be a self- starter with the ability to work independently.

Salary:                         €36,000 - €54,000 (Academic I Salary Band)


Annual Leave:             34 days per annum


Contract:                     Permanent, full-time.


Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0673 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Friday 20th May 2016.

Further details of our ECE programmes are to be found at www.ncirl.ie



The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Lecturer Early Childhood Education are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of NCI


National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.





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