The Masters of Arts in Education and Well-being of the Older Person is a new programme offered by Mary Immaculate College. Recognising that educational needs differ along the lifespan the proposed new programme aims to address the largely unmet educational needs of older persons across different settings.
The new programme is timely and relevant addressing salient and emerging national issues. Quality of life for older people, the fastest growing population group in Ireland and the western world, is a topical issue in society today. Lifelong learning, another salient area, is a principle underpinning European and national educational policy. It is expected that programme graduates will contribute to social development in Ireland.
The Masters of Arts in Education and Well-being of the Older Person is a one-year programme. It is envisaged that elements of the programme will be offered using a blended learning approach. Educational principles and methodologies will foster reflective practice, use experiential learning methods, provide learner support and create an environment conducive to intellectual growth, learning, professional and personal development.
Who should apply?
The Master of Arts in Education and Well-being of the Older Person is open to individuals who work with, or wish to work with, or work on behalf of, or wish to work on behalf of, older persons from an educational and well-being perspective. It is anticipated that candidates would be recruited from a variety of backgrounds including informal carers, formal care workers health and social care practitioners, individuals working in the formal and adult education sector, those in management and leadership positions and older people themselves.