UCC CPD courses

Are We There Yet? The long and winding road to professionalising early childhood education and care.


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  • Title

    Are We There Yet? The long and winding road to professionalising early childhood education and care.

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 Hour Seminar

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    Free to Attend See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Venue

    Venue: Seminar Room G27, Block B, Ground Floor O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork

    Time: 1pm - 3pm 


  • Start Date

    9th November 2018


1pm - 3pm Friday 9th November 2018

To examine professionalization of early childhood care and education.

A key pillar of professionalization is accreditation of qualifying programmes.

Prof. Urban produced a commissioned review of the occupational role profiles in Early Childhood Education and Care (2017) which informed the Draft Criteria and Guidelines for Initial Professional Education Degree programmes in ECEC in Ireland.

This seminar will present on these and the implications for future developments in accreditation of programmes. 

Mathias Urban is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education at Dublin City University, Ireland. 

He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts.

From 2010 to 2011 he co-ordinated the European CoRE project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care). His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhood professionalism in Columbia (Sistemas Competentes para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia), studies on privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11 country project on Governance and Leadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood. 

Mathias is an International Research Fellow with the Critical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia, Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training), a member of the AERA special interest group critical perspectives on early childhood education.

Mathias is the President of International Froebel Society (IFS).


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Free to Attend

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