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Education - Modular

The M.Ed degree is a modularised programme and can be attained through a credit accumulation process. The focus being on the continuing professional development of teachers at all levels of education. Students can design their own special programme from the available modules to suit their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests. However, students should not that a minimum and maximum quota of students will be applied to each module. In 2014, selection of students is to be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience and the online supplementary Candidates Statement submitted to PAC.

CKE59 - MEd Modular (120 credit route) : Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements should apply for the 120 credit route.

CKE67 - MEd Modular (60 credit route) : Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements and who have an approved postgraduate diploma in the general education area or equivalent (with an honours grade) should apply for the 60 credit route. Equivalencies are subject to the Department and College approval.

A total of 120 credits, or 60 credits in the case of a holder of one of the approved diplomas, must be completed. Students are limited to studying a maximum of 30 credits in any one semester (for example a maximum 60 credits in any one year). Teaching periods are September-December and January-March/April).

Unique Aspects of the Course
The M.Ed degree course is grounded in current educational issues.

The range and choice of modules available make the course relevant to all members of the teaching community.

The course is organised and timetabled to suit the schedule of working teachers.

Its' modular and flexible structure allows credits to be accumulated over a two to five year period depending on individual students’ choices and circumstances.

Connecting educational research is linked to professional practice experiences throughout the course.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to the M.Ed degree modular programme you must hold:
◾a primary degree and postgraduate Diploma in Education, with a second class honours in one (or its equivalent)
◾or have a second class honours BEd degree, (or its equivalent)
◾or have a second class honours BSc (Education in Physical Sciences), (or its equivalent)
◾or have a second class honours Grade 1 (2H1) BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years & Childhood Studies (or its equivalent)

Professional teaching experience, equivalent to five full years (excluding initial teacher education), will be considered as an honours equivalent.

Furthermore applicants must also possess a minimum of one year’s post teacher education professional teaching experience, or certified equivalent, e.g. research in schools, voluntary work with schools, working with school teams.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants who have achieved at least a second class honours grade in one of the following postgraduate diplomas (or equivalent – equivalencies are subject to School and College approval) will be eligible to apply for the 60 credit route: (CKE 67)

Approved Postgraduate Diplomas:
◾Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
◾Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Religious Education
◾Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Science in the Primary School
◾Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Needs/Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support/Compensatory and Remedial Education
◾Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (CSPE)
◾Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
◾Postgraduate Diploma in Italian/Spanish for Post-Primary Teachers
◾Postgraduate Diploma in English and the Teaching of English
◾An tArd Teastas i dTeagasc agus i Litriocht na Gaeilge

English Language Requirement

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.

Selection will be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience, and the online additional/supplementary questions completed during the online application process.


1 to 5 years
Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The programme can be studied in a flexible timescale within a 5 year period.

(This is a part-time Modular Programme and is open to Irish/EU Students only).

Number of credits

60 or 120

Careers or further progression

The MEd offers:
Continuing professional development for educators at all levels. A broad knowledge of educational studies and an introduction to key research in this area. Critical reflection on educational theory and classroom practice.

Skills needed to conduct a research study and write a dissertation.

M.Ed degree graduates have gone on to other posts in the education sector, e.g. school Principals, the inspectorate, college lectureships, research positions and the professional development service for teachers.

Further enquiries

Ms. Claire Dooley or Ms. Anita Cronin,
School of Education, U.C.C., Cork.
Tel: 021 490 2467;
Tel: 021 490 2410

Subjects taught

The M.Ed degree offers a variety of taught modules that focus on core areas of the course, e.g. early childhood education, literacy, second language teaching, mathematics, information and communications technology, physical and health education.

The course also explores contemporary issues for education – teaching, learning and assessment, childhood, equality and diversity, socio-cultural perspectives, and special educational needs – reflecting the diverse needs and interests of those who take this course.

Modules are informed and driven by research, and are assessed by project work that links your professional settings to contemporary educational research. This leads to a dissertation based on your professional educational research interests.

Modules for 2017/2018 have now been finalised :
ED6020: Second Language Learning (Ms Jacinta McKeon)

ED6042: Learning as Identity: Teaching Implications (Dr Alicia Curtin)

ED6050: Sport Pedagogy in Physical Education and Youth Sport (Dr Fiona Chambers)

ED6056: Developing Numeracy in the Classroom (Mr Michael Delargey)

ED6057: Researching Contemporary Classroom Methodologies (Dr Máire Ní Riordáin)

ED6058: Engaging Diversity in Schools in Ireland (Dr Karl Kitching)

ED6059: Intersections of Identity and Practice in Inclusive and Special Education (Dr Dan O’Sullivan/Dr Kevin Cahill)

ED6060: Child Development, Play and Active Learning in Early Childhood (Dr Maura Cunneen/Dr Mary Horgan)

ED6035 : Dissertation in Education

All students are required to complete the ED6035 dissertation module (30 credits). Students are advised that the dissertation module is normally taken only on completion of the required number of other taught modules.

Dissertation students are required to attend and participate in a series of compulsory research seminars and independently prepare a research proposal on their chosen research area. Students must then write a dissertation of 15,000 words under the supervision of an allocated Staff member.


Course Practicalities
Lectures are timetabled to facilitate working teachers. Each 15 credit module is timetabled for two hours (e.g.5-7 pm or7-9 pm) on one night per week. Lectures are currently timetabled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the two 12-week semesters (September-December and January-March/April). You can register for a maximum of 30 credits in any one teaching period.

Assessment method

All assessment of M.Ed degree modules is by project work (normally 5,000 words), leading to the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation based on your professional research interests. There are no end-of-year written examinations. All M.Ed degree modules feature readings, reflections, presentations and other in-class assignments.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

Closing Date: 5th May 2017

Course fee

2017/2018 IRISH/EU FEE: €1,125 per 15 credit module

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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