What is the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching)?
The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) prepares graduates to enter the teaching profession. The course emphasises the acquisition of key teaching practices and students are expected to develop a wide range of practical teaching skills both during their time in MIE and on schoolbased placement. Alongside this, the course has a significant academic dimension; and students are required to develop competency in educational research and to complete a dissertation on a relevant research area of their choice. The Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) is a twoyear full-time course which meets the professional requirements of regulation two (primary) of the Teaching Council Regulations.
What will I study?
The course includes foundation studies, which integrate language study, history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education, educational psychology and curriculum and assessment. In addition you will take modules in content knowledge and integrated methodologies for all subjects of the primary school curriculum. You will also conduct research in an area of special interest. Theory and practice are closely linked through a variety of cross-curricular teaching, learning and assessment approaches.
You will have the opportunity to study for a certificate in Catholic Religious Education in preparation for teaching in schools under the patronage of the Catholic Church. The opportunity to study for a certificate in Multi-belief and Ethical Curricula in Diverse School Contexts is also available to you.
Who is the course for?
The course is for graduates who already have a II.2 degree at level 8 or higher. Some students transfer directly from an undergraduate course to the Professional Masters of Education. Other students have spent time travelling, or working in another field before deciding to pursue a career as a primary teacher.
Students undertake an extended school placement during both years of the course. Each placement takes place over a minimum of four weeks and involves initial pupil observation, assisting the classroom teacher, and preparation for and classroom teaching of all subjects. Students are required to complete one placement in a special education setting.
As part of the Professional Master of Education course students must spend time, typically two two-week periods, in the Gaeltacht. This fee is paid by students directly to the Gaeltacht College.