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Education - STEM Education

The Master of Arts degree programme in STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is a two-year, part-time programme offering a focus on integrative and innovative approaches to STEM education through exploring socially responsive teaching and research informed by national and international developments in school and education settings. The programme is intended for teachers and educators who want to develop their skills as they critique, investigate, and disseminate new approaches to STEM education and become STEM leaders in their workplaces. The variety of experiences provided in the programme will build competency and knowledge in STEM education-related research and will be framed within a primary education context. The programme will be delivered using face-to-face and some blended learning components.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be holders of a First or upper Second class Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant or cognate discipline and/or have evidence of relevant experience and extensive prior learning in the discipline.


2 years part-time

Programme classes are scheduled on Thursdays from 6.00 – 9.00 pm and on Saturdays from 11.30 am – 1.00 pm, during semesters.

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Meg or Phone (061) 204906

Subjects taught

Key Paradigms in STEM Education

This module examines the fundamentals of relevant paradigms, learning theories and frameworks with a specific focus on STEM education. Cognitive, affective and conceptual development will be used to analyse and appraise pedagogical approaches. Strategies to promote discussion, argumentation and critical thinking in STEM will be examined. Participants will review the characteristics of the systems and structures (educational and/or others) within which they are working, through exploration and application of such theories and frameworks.

Critical Perspectives and Policy in STEM Education

This module is designed to enhance participants' appreciation of the multi-faceted factors which contribute to equity of access and opportunity based on social class, ethnicity and gender, in STEM fields. The module identifies and interrogates connections between educational experience and the under-representation of particular social categories in STEM careers. Participants will apply their practitioner perspectives and experiences from professional practice to critical themes explored throughout this module.

Expanding the Boundaries of STEM

This module creates a bridge between foundational STEM education and the world of STEM beyond the classroom. It explores the cross-curricular integration of STEM disciplines in the classroom. It explores the integration of STEM disciplines in the classroom, using problem and inquiry based learning approaches to more closely align individual STEM skills with higher order independent thinking and problem solving. Educators are encouraged to enhance student engagement with STEM through an understanding of the science of the world around them and the use of engineering and technologies to modify and enhance that world. Collaborative pedagogies which promote the enhanced interaction and engagement of students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics are promoted. Practitioners are encouraged to reflect on practice, and modify existing approaches in order to engage students more effectively with the STEM area.

STEM: Communications and Industry

This module allows participants to examine and look critically at features of successful STEM communication and outreach. The wide diversity of goals, motivations and purposes of public engagement are explored. Participants also critically examine and analyse how STEM is communicated and portrayed in the media. This module examines different practices and models of communication in facilitating public participation with STEM, allowing the participants' time to examine their own practice, and modify existing approaches in encouraging public engagement in STEM.

Semester 1
Key Paradigms in STEM Education (9 ECTS)
EDU 601: Applied Research Project (9 ECTS)

Semester 2
Critical Perspectives and Policy in STEM (9 ECTS)
STEM: Communications and Industry (9 ECTS)

Semester 3
Expanding the Boundaries of STEM (6 ECTS)
EDU 602: Principles and Practice in Research and Education (9 ECTS)
EDU 606: Dissertation 1 (M-graded) (9 ECTS)

Semester 4
EDU 607: Dissertation 2 (30 ECTS)

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.

Closing date for 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 / 204929

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