Mary Immaculate College is pleased to announce a new postgraduate programme—the Master of Education in Religious Education—which will explore the rich and complex academic discipline of Religious Education (RE). RE plays an important role in developing religious literacy, identity and imagination; promoting creative and critical thinking; offering a space for questioning and reflection; and fostering spiritual development, respect, openness, empathy and justice. It provides a space for dialogue and encounter between faith traditions and people of different belief traditions.
This two-year, part-time M Ed will provide an opportunity for advanced study in the foundations, pedagogies, critical perspectives, contemporary issues and research in the field of religious education; enabling participants to reflect critically and creatively on the application of these insights to a variety of educational contexts.
The programme, designed for teachers and educators who want to augment their understanding of religious education in the contemporary classroom and become religious education leaders in their schools, offers a variety of experiences to build knowledge, competency and skills in religious education, framed within the primary level context. The programme does not qualify participants to teach religious education in school settings.
This specialist postgraduate programme, offered by the Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, draws on the specialist expertise at Mary Immaculate College in the area of Religious Education and the complementary discipline of Theology and Religious Studies.
Students will undertake seven taught modules and complete a dissertation.
Applicants should hold a First or Second Class Honours undergraduate degree (Level 8, NQF) in a relevant or cognate discipline and/or have evidence of relevant experience and extensive prior learning in the discipline.
Applications are welcome from teachers and educators who are interested or involved in religious education across a variety of educational settings.
English Language Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.
•Religious Education: Approaches, Policy and Contexts
•Religious Education and Inter-Belief Dialogue
•Religious Education and the Search for God
•Scripture and the Sacraments
•The Christian Vision of the Human Person and its implications for Education
•Principles and Practice of Research in Education
2 years part-time.
Programme classes are usually scheduled on evenings and some weekends. The delivery of the programme will be through face-to-face and some blended learning components.
How To Apply
Download and complete the application form from "Application Weblink" below.
•The application form must also include your university transcripts.
•In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here, and return the application form by email to: Admissions@mic.ul.ie or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, V94 VN26.