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Education Studies - Leadership in Christian Education

What is the Master in Education Studies (Leadership in Christian Education)?

The Master in Education Studies (Leadership in Christian Education) offers participants the opportunity to advance their study in education and to prepare for school leadership within faith-based schools. It is equally suited to those who currently have leadership positions and to those who aspire to such roles. The course provides grounding in skills necessary for leadership, management and governance and offers a theological and spiritual background to help them appreciate, support and develop a faith-based ethos within a school.

Who is the Course for?
This course is specifically designed for primary and post-primary teachers who wish to pursue leadership and management training for faith-based schools in a multicultural and pluralist society, and to pursue their own academic and professional development.

What will I study?
In year one, students on this course will study 4 discrete modules consisting of a common core module, and three specialism modules in leadership in education. In year two, students focus on an area of interest, related to Leadership in Christian Education within Education Studies, in greater depth. They will develop research skills and write a dissertation (20,000 words) on a topic relevant to Leadership in Christian Education.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours degree (level 8) with second class honours or higher and at least three years teaching or equivalent professional experience. In exceptional cases students who meet the honours degree requirement but do not have the necessary experience may be considered for the course. Candidates may be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview and complete a written assignment as appropriate.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits

ECTS Credits: 90

Further enquiries

Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Ireland
t: +353 1 805 7700
f: +353 1 833 5290

Subjects taught

Year 1

Module 1
Introduction to Education Studies This module gives a broad overview of education studies to students as they embark on the Masters course.

The aims of the module are as follows:

• To prepare students for deep engagement with the Master in Education Studies course

• To encourage students to write about education, inspired by experience and by reading

• To identify and engage with contemporary issues in education and reflect on them through various perspectives such as history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and experience, using multiple media, such as film, visual arts, music and poetry

• To analyse the relationship between pedagogy and education

• To explore the purpose of education and how this has changed over time

Module 2
Leadership and Theology

• Introduction to Theology
• Christian Anthropology
• Adult Faith and Leadership

Module 3
Leadership in Education

• Emotional and Relational Competence for Leadership
• Psychology of Leadership
• Group Dynamics

Module 4
Leadership of a Christian School

• Legislation and Governance
• Leading the Sacramental and Liturgical Life of a School
• Leading a Christian School

Year 2

Dissertation Module
Research methodologies and research ethics

The research design process
– Research proposal
– Dissertation


Award Level: NFQ 9
Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin,
the University of Dublin

Assessment method

How is the course assessed?
Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the course and consists of a variety of assessments in year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in year 2.

Enrolment and start dates

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