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Education - Information & Communication Technology in Primary Education

Primary Education with the possibility of a further year for a Masters Degree (M.Ed.). Entry to the Masters Programme depends on the achievement of a specified minimum QCA in the Graduate Diploma. It then involves attending one taught module in Research Methods and undertaking a substantial dissertation on an approved topic.

The course is jointly run by the Faculty of Education and the Department of Mathematics & Computer Studies.

Aims of the Programme

The course is designed to provide practicing primary teachers with a holistic approach to the use and application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Primary School. Teachers will learn how to skilfully and creatively use ICT to support a wide variety of teaching and learning goals as well as administrative and organizational tasks. They will also learn to identify and evaluate how ICT can best be used to support and enhance children's learning and to appreciate how thoughtful use of ICT can enrich the learning environment of the classroom and school. The course will help teachers to gain a critical perspective on ICT's overall role in education and its role in society in general. Course participants will also get opportunities to conduct classroom-based research.

Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma/Masters programme is designed for practising teachers in Primary Schools. Candidates will normally be expected to meet requirements (A) and (B).

(A) Honours/Pass Bachelor of Education degree
or Honours primary degree and a Pass/Honours Higher Diploma in Education or equivalent
or Pass primary degree and Honours Higher Diploma in Education or equivalent
or Primary Teaching Diploma (prior to 1975)

(B) Normally two years of teaching experience or equivalent professional experience e.g. research/development work in education.

Candidates with qualifications other than those specified above and/or who have experience in educational research, relevant professional experience or a proven interest in the use of technology in education, may also be considered for admission.


1 year

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Brendan Barry or Phone (061) 204941

Subjects taught

Summer School
1. Module PC5710 Introduction to Computers in Education

Semester 1
2. Module PC5720 Electronic Communications and Networks in Schools
3. Module PC5711 Computers and School Administration
4. Module PC5721 Multimedia Authoring
5. Module PC5731 Computers: School & Classroom Management
6. Module PC5741 Project 1

Semester 2
7. Module PC5712 Programming
8. Module PC5722 Desktop Publishing
9. Module PC5732 ICT in Special Needs
10. Module PC5742 Project 2

Those who achieve a specific standard can then progress to the M.Ed., which comprises all the taught modules of the Graduate Diploma programme and the writing of a dissertation on an approved topic.

Application date

Please note in cases where the quota of places is not filled by the application deadline, the College reserves the right to extend the deadline for the acceptance of applications. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st May 2018.

How to Apply

1.Download and complete the application form - click here The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.

2.Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 204348

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