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Education Studies

Programme Description:
In recent years phenomenal changes have occurred within the Irish education system. The advent of an era of legislative provision for education and the teaching profession, coupled with an increased emphasis on accountability and transparency, has heralded unprecedented challenges for education policy and practice at system, school and classroom levels.

Curricular reforms at both primary and secondary levels, the introduction of School Self-Evaluation, assessment issues, literacy and numeracy, early years education, leadership and administration in education, intra- school and inter-school collaboration, together with inclusion and diversity , are but some of the issues currently exercising the minds of educational professionals.

More than ever before, the rapid pace of change in education and society requires teachers to be flexible, adaptable, innovative, proactive, reflective and analytical professionals who are aware of and can critically debate the latest trends and developments and implement and progress relevant initiatives as appropriate. The MA in Education Studies aims to satisfy these requirements.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent.

For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


2 years part-time (or exit after one year with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies)

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment. It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own work practices and to link their study to their working environment.

Further enquiries

Education Department
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 919 5550/ 071/ 580

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure:
Module Options Stage 1: All modules = 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9)
• Adult Disadvantage and Intercultural Education
• Contemporary Developments in Education (Core module)
• Curriculum / Programme Development & Evaluation
• Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting
• Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting
• Family Studies
• Inclusion for Learning
• Leadership / Planning & Administration in Education
• Legal issues in the Educational Setting
• Literacy
• Minors/ Vulnerable Adults and the Law
• Numeracy
• Organisational & Management Processes
• Youth and Child Studies

Modules Stage 2 - both modules are core modules

• Advanced Research Module
• Dissertation Module

Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module and the Dissertation Module and exit with a Master of Arts (Education Studies).

Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules). Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Stage 1 modules may be offered annually or every second year, while Stage 2 will be offered annually. Participants may commence the programme at any stage.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2016.

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