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Education - Professional Studies in Education

There is now universal recognition that teachers’ professional learning needs to be supported throughout the professional lifespan. In its policy on the continuum of teacher education, the Teaching Council emphasises the importance of school-based enquiry by teachers, both individually and collaboratively with others as part of professional learning communities (Teaching Council, 2011).

The Graduate Certificate/Diploma/MEd in Professional Studies in Education has been designed to support teachers in this type of professional learning. The opportunity for school-based research and the elective modules allows for specialisisation in particular areas.

The MEd takes place in Year 3 and involve a substantial research project on some aspect of teachers’ professional learning.

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.

Duration

3 years part-time

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Dr Cathal De Paor cathal.depaor@mic.ul.ie or Phone (061) 204950

Subjects taught

Year 1 Graduate Certificate
Semester 1

1. Reflective and Professional Practice Teaching as a professional; managing a professional learning environment in the classroom; reflective practice; professional growth; professional development planning

2. Elective Module
One of the following will be offered subject to viability: (in coloured highlighted text)

Integrated, Effective Literacy Instruction;
Curriculum research, theory and practice;
Innovation in science teaching;
Play and young children’s learning;
ICT: teaching and learning;
Learning through mentoring
Tumoideachas: Comhtháthú Teanga agus Ábhair;
Learning mathematics: active methodologies and problem solving;
Incredible Years Classroom Management;
Steiner Pedagogy;

Semester 2
3. Elective Module
One other elective from the above list will be offered here.

Learning mathematics: active methodologies and problem solving

Year 2 Graduate Diploma

Semester 1
Leadership and learning
Curriculum leadership in schools; meaning, theory and practice of educational leadership: instructional leadership; educational change; professional learning communities; styles of leadership.

2. Elective Module
One of the following will be offered subject to viability:

• Integrated, Effective Literacy Instruction;
• Curriculum research, theory and practice;
• Innovation in science teaching;
• Play and young children’s learning;
• ICT: teaching and learning;
• Learning through mentoring
• Tumoideachas: Comhtháthú Teanga agus Ábhair;
• Learning mathematics: active methodologies and problem solving;
• Incredible Years Classroom Management;
• Steiner Pedagogy;

Semester 2
3. Elective Module
One other elective from the above list will be offered here.

4. Teacher Research in Professional Studies
Research project focused on a particular aspect of practice; conducting a literature review; research design, data collection and analysis; integrating concepts introduced in other modules; potential of different forms of enquiry for understanding professional studies

The MEd takes place in Year 3 and involve a substantial research project on some aspect of teachers’ professional learning.

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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