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MEd Education

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This is a 90-credit part-time taught Masters degree programme designed to respond to the interests and needs of education professionals, including those in full-time employment.

On successful completion of the programme, students will have deepened their understanding of key issues within the field of education and familiarised themselves with the latest national and international research in education. (*Please note this is not a professional training programme, applicants who intend to train as secondary school teachers should apply for the Professional Masters in Education)

The emphasis throughout is to develop critical skills of enquiry as students debate and discuss other key issues relating to education both nationally and internationally.

Vision and Values Statement

The MEd programme encourages students to become autonomous learners and critical thinkers who will contribute to schools and the education system more broadly. The programme employs a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, tutorials, collaborative groupwork and problem-based learning activities. A range of assessment strategies are used including individual and group class presentations, group assignments, case study and applied analytical studies.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should:

1) demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the limits, contradictions and emerging issues within education.

2) evidence an enhanced aptitude for continued self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings.

3) demonstrate the skills of interrogating practice using theoretical perspectives, thus generating new ideas and/or reformulating existing ideas and practices in relation to professional roles.

4) evidence the significance of reflection in the development of expertise and innovative practice within schools and the wider education community.

5) indicate a more in-depth knowledge and more critical engagement with the foundational disciplines of education to enhance and enrich the expertise acquired in undergraduate studies and subsequent professional experience.

6) make explicit connections between module content, coursework and professional practice.

7) engage in exploring a range of research methods within both quantitative and qualitative paradigms and critically evaluate these in the context of education in the development of research/evidence-informed practice for school development.

8) complete a thesis that will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to engage in primary research and consolidate the learning outcomes achieved in the other modules on the programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution, or the candidate must present such other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experiences as will satisfy the College of Human Sciences Graduate Taught Programmes Board of their suitability for masters studies. In addition, applicants should have relevant professional experience.

Duration

2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Applicants will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution, or the candidate must present such other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experiences as will satisfy the College of Human Sciences Graduate Taught Programmes Board of their suitability for masters studies. In addition, applicants must have relevant professional teaching experience.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Sarah Conroy
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 7965

Subjects taught

MEd students are required to take a compulsory 10-credit module that engages with one of the Education Foundation Disciplines (Sociology of Education, History of Education, Philosophy of Education, for example) and compulsory modules in Research Methods. In addition, they can select from a range of optional modules and must complete a thesis in Year Two.

Stage 1 - Option

Professional Development: Digital Learning Design
EDUC40270

Education Sciences: Psychology Applied to Schools
EDUC40310

Leading a Learning Organisation
EDUC40410

Responding to the Additional Support Needs of Learners : Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
EDUC40420

Thesis
EDUC40470

Institutional Study Project
EDUC40700

Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology
EDUC41510

Children's Rights & Participation
EDUC41520

Contemporary Issues
EDUC41620

School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities
EDUC41640

Guiding Effective T & L
EDUC42090

Equalities and Social Justice for Children
EDUC42590

Philosophical Perspectives on Education and Childhood
EDUC42650

Children's Literature
EDUC42780

Mindfulness for Schools: Learning from the Inside Out
EDUC42870

Mental Health & Wellbeing
EDUC42880

Research Design (Blended)
EDUC42890

Data Analysis (Blended)
EDUC42910

History of Childhood&Learning
EDUC42980

Application date

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MEd PT (W030)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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