The MTeach is designed for serving teachers seeking master's level accreditation for the highest standards of structured, evidence-based teaching, reflection and action in their own classrooms and schools. This qualification provides a learning opportunity in which the study of teaching, and in particular, the study of one's own teaching, can be an evolving, fulfilling and collaborative experience where practitioners theorise their practice, generate personal theories of practice, and learn to articulate the importance and significance of doing so.
The overall outcome of the MTeach is to ensure that educational practitioners are better equipped to address the challenges of pedagogy in the 21st century whilst the principles that underpin the MTeach mean that schools will be better placed to meet individual pupils' learning needs as teachers take a practice-based qualification that is tailored to their personal and professional needs.
The aims of the MTeach programme are to enable participants to:
Pursue an interest in improving the quality of teaching and learning in an educational context, beginning with one's own professional practice, whether as a beginning or experienced educational practitioner
Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in teaching and a deeper understanding of the teaching, learning and assessment cycle
Obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in critical, action-oriented inquiry at postgraduate level in order to generate personal theories of practice and to articulate the importance and significance of doing so for the improvement in the quality of one's practice
Meet the demands of a rapidly changing educational and professional environment
Keep abreast of theory and practice in teaching and learning and trends in continuing professional development internationally
Seek promotion as a leading or expert teacher as one who is committed to lifelong learning.
The DCU Institute of Education at St Patrick's Campus is the largest faculty of education in Ireland and is a recognised centre of excellence in teacher education nationally and internationally. The MTeach programme is designed and delivered by staff at the forefront of educational research with a wide range of experience garnered across many specialist areas within education.
DCU facilities at St Patrick's Campus are first class with students having access to two extensive libraries that include a vast array of educational resources and access to diverse study spaces for both collaborative and independent work. Remote access to journals and ebooks enable and enhance study at a distance. Additionally, online learning facilities draw from the most up to date technologies whilst employing innovative teaching and learning methods.