The School has a thriving and vibrant research culture organised around two College research centres and four research groups. The two research centres are:
The Cultures, Academic Values in Education (CAVE) research centre focuses on the area of higher education both nationally and internationally.
The Centre for Research in Information Technology in Education (CRITE) is a joint collaborative initiative between the School of Education and the School of Computer Science and Statistics.
The four research groups are:
Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) has a high profile in special needs education, student voice, psychology of aggression and prejudices and related fields.
Research in School Education (RISE) is currently exploring areas such as learning environments, reform of Junior Cycle, models of teaching, learning and assessment, and the work of Lev Vygotsky.
The Arts Education Research Group (AERG), has a focus on music, drama and arts education.
Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics: Education, Research and Communication (STEM_ERC) is a new group which is developing a research agenda in the area of STEM learning, both formal and informal across all sectors of education.
The School has, for a number of years, been highly active in offering a programme of events ranging from workshops, lunchtime and one-day research seminars to international conferences which, alongside its publications, has helped establish the School as the leading centre for educational research in Ireland.