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Education - Primary Teaching

Do you want to inspire and influence future generations and play a key role in the intellectual development of young children? And do you need a teaching course that allows you to study from anywhere in Ireland?

If this sounds familiar, studying with Hibernia College in an accessible and supportive environment might be the choice for you.

The Professional Master of Education in Primary Education is perfect for you if you want to work with children aged 4-12.

Is this programme for me?
The Primary teaching course is for those passionate about teaching young children. This course will enable graduates to register to work as primary teachers with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

You will receive opportunities to learn how to nurture and support the development of the full potential of the child and instil a love of learning that will remain with the child through all stages of formal education.

Through your engagement with the course, you will work in a diverse range of schools, experience a wide range of classroom settings and engage in action research in a supported environment.

Furthermore your cooperation with fellow students and faculty will foster a strong sense of collegiality and team spirit.

It is not a requirement to have prior teaching experience to be eligible to apply for this course.

Primary Teaching Course
The Professional Master of Education (PME) in Primary Education is a 120-credit award at level 9 and the duration of the programme is two years. It is a blended learning programme, combining online content, virtual learning environments and face-to-face delivery to develop professionals and experts who are positioned to be leaders in the field of primary education.

The PME in Primary Education at Hibernia College consists of a sequence of modules that reflect the contemporary issues faced by teachers today and the skills and knowledge required of them in order to be expert primary school teachers who enable effective student learning. In particular, it recognises the importance of ensuring that student teachers consider that teaching itself is understood and practised as a form of self-critical learning by them; learning that is driven by inquiry, reflection and improvements based on evidence (Teaching Council 2011).

Entry requirements

•An honours degree, National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 8. Note that the grade and subject of the degree are not relevant for the purpose of meeting the minimum entry requirements.

•A Masters degree or PhD that is of NFQ Level 9 or higher is accepted in lieu of the honours degree.

•Please note that an NFQ Level 8 higher diploma on its own does not fulfil this requirement.

Duration

Two years (24 months)

School Experience
24 weeks in total

24 weeks undertaken in 3 schools - 2 blocks of 7 weeks and 1 block of 10 weeks.

This includes periods of observation, engagement in wider school activities, research, teaching, reflection and evaluation.

Onsite Delivery at Weekends

Onsite conferences: the entire intake meets together in a central venue.
Regional onsites: tutor groups meet in a regional venue.

Number of credits

120-credit

Subjects taught

Online Content
On-demand online lectures, online tutorials and self-study

School Experience
24 weeks undertaken in 3 schools - 2 blocks of 7 weeks and 1 block of 10 weeks.

This includes periods of observation, engagement in wider school activities, research, teaching, reflection and evaluation.

Gaeltacht
Irish: 4 weeks in the Gaeltacht
(2 x 2 weeks courses)

Onsite Delivery at Weekends

Onsite conferences: the entire intake meets together in a central venue.

Regional onsites: tutor groups meet in a regional venue.

Indicative Calendar

April 2017 Orientation

May 2017 School Observation (1 week)

July 2017 Gaeltacht (2 weeks)

January/February 2018 School Experience 1 Placement (6 weeks)

April 2018 1 week of on-sites scheduled during Easter week

May/June 2018 School Experience SEN observations (1 week)

July 2018 Gaeltacht (2 weeks)

September - November 2018 School Experience 2 Placement (6 weeks)

January - March 2019 Advanced School Experience (10 weeks)
April 2019 Programme ends

Comment

Professional Accreditation
The Teaching Council

Academic Accreditation
QQI (Formerly HETAC)

Gaeilge
4 weeks in the Gaeltacht

The Professional Master of Education (PME) in Primary Education is a 120-credit award at level 9 and the duration of the programme is two years. It is a blended learning programme, combining online content, virtual learning environments and face-to-face delivery to develop professionals and experts who are positioned to be leaders in the field of primary education.

The PME in Primary Education at Hibernia College consists of a sequence of modules that reflect the contemporary issues faced by teachers today and the skills and knowledge required of them in order to be expert primary school teachers who enable effective student learning. In particular, it recognises the importance of ensuring that student teachers consider that teaching itself is understood and practised as a form of self-critical learning by them; learning that is driven by inquiry, reflection and improvements based on evidence (Teaching Council 2011).

Assessment method

Assessment of the programme is conducted through a combination of written exam and oral exams (Gaeilge), and continuous assessment, including the assessment of school placement. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in educational research through the completion of a research thesis.

Application date

Late Submission Deadline
Wednesday 14th February 2018

Course fee

Course tuition fees: €15,000

Fees are payable as follows:
Year 1: €7,500
Year 2: €7,500

A deposit payment of €1,000 is required to secure your place. The balance of Year 1 fees, €6,500 are payable by the applicable due date.

Hibernia College is an approved college for the purposes of s.473 A of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, enabling eligible students to avail of tax relief on tuition fees paid. More details are available on the Irish Revenue website.

Garda Vetting Fees: €50

Gaeltacht fees: 2 blocks of 2 weeks duration, cost per block €750 and payable to third party Gaeltacht provider.

Graduation: current fee is €100

Payment of course fees can be made by either bank transfer or cheque/bank draft. Application fees are paid via PayPal, and must be paid in full before application will be processed.

Fees are correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change.

Loan Facility for Students

The Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union have introduced a loan facility for students of primary teacher education. Please click here for more information.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates
September and April

Next Intake
Spring 2018

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