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The Master of Education degree programme is a two-year, part-time programme presented through a combination of weekend study and independent study. The programme covers theories, principles and practices in contemporary educational settings and is designed for all those interested in enhancing their professional knowledge, understandings and skills. Teaching and learning methods include; lectures, workshops, presentations, visiting speakers and supervised research. Graduates of the programme are working as teachers, principals, inspectors, lecturers, and researchers in schools, colleges, universities at home and abroad.

Applicants choose this programme because of the dedication and commitment of the teaching faculty, the range of supervision specialisations available, and the high quality and individualised nature of the supervisory process.

The Objectives of the Programme Are:

1.To advance knowledge and understandings of educational theories, principles and practices

2.To develop critical and enquiring skills through conversation-building and high quality writing

3.To foster confident researchers and educational leaders on the cusp of renewal and reform in education

Entry requirements

Applicants will be considered for direct entry into the MEd programme on the basis of possession of a Primary Degree in Education (Level 8 NFQ) at a minimum of Honours 2.2. Applicants who have a 2.2 Honours degree in other disciplines may be considered if they have substantial and relevant professional experience

Applicants for the full-time programme must provide an outline of the dissertation proposal (500 words) as part of their application. For further information relating to this please contact the Course Coordinators.

For direct entry into Year 2 of the part-time programme, applicants will hold a Professional Development Graduate Diploma in Education (Level 9 NFQ) at a minimum of Honours 2.1.

In cases where the applicant does not meet normal entry requirements, the applicant can be assessed on prior learning in line with University policy and procedures on the Recognition of Prior Learning. The admission procedures will include an interview wherein the prior learning and experience of applicants in education will be assessed.

Duration

2 years part-time

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Dr Maeve Liston maeve.liston@mic.ul.ie or Phone (061) 774726
Mr Des Carswell des.carswell@mic.ul.ie or Phone (061) 204961

Subjects taught

Programme Sturcuture

Full-Time Structure

Autumn Semester

EDU600 Persp Theory and Practice in Education
EDU601 Applied Research Project
EDU602 Principles and Practice of Research in Education
EDU603 Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design

Spring Semester
EDU604 Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation
EDU605 National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education
EDU606 Dissertation 1

Summer
EDU607 Dissertation 2

Part-time Structure

Year One

Autumn Semester (1)
EDU600 Persp Theory and Practice in Education
EDU601 Applied Research Project

Spring Semester (2)
EN5112 Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation
EN6101 National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education

Year Two

Autumn Semester (3)
EDU602 Principles and Practice of Research in Education
EDU603 Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design
EDU606 Dissertation 1

Spring Semester (4)
EDU607 Dissertation 2

Academic Programme Structure
1.Principles and Practice of Research in Education
2.Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design
3.Theory and Practice in Education
4.Curriculum design, Development and Evaluation
5.National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education

Participants will also complete:
1.An Applied Research Project which will be conducted as an introduction to engaging in research. It is intended that this project be completed within one semester.
2.A Dissertation of 20,000 words.

Programme Delivery

The Part-time MEd 1 programme is delivered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the College semester. The Part-time MEd 2 programme is delivered on Friday evenings and approximately four Saturday mornings during semester 1. The second semester is dedicated to independent research (with supervisor) and writing a dissertation. The class is also called in for several upskilling and information sessions. The Full-time MEd programme is delivered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings during the College semester and on several Saturday mornings.

Assessment method

The core modules will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-term assessment. A cumulative grade point average system is used to recognise and reward work throughout the programme.

Application date

Applications for 2017 are currently being accepted.

If you are thinking about applying to a postgraduate research programme at MIC, please email rgso@mic.ul.ie and a member of the Research and Graduate School will get back to you. If you are interested in a taught Master’s programme, please contact the relevant Course Coordinator.

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