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Business - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
This is a two-year full-time course of study designed to enable business graduates to become second level teachers of business subjects. Successful candidates are recognised to teach business subjects across a range of areas including second level education, further education and community settings. Applicants must possess a NQF level 8 honours primary degree at 2.2 honours level where the holder is required to have studied at least one business subject (Accounting, Business or Economics), representing at least 60 ECTS credits in that subject and 60 ECTS credits in any additional subject (with a minimum 10 ECTS credits undertaken in one’s final years of study in any subject. These 60 ECTS credits in any one subject must conform to the Teaching Council ‘Subject Declaration Form’ in that subject in order to eventually secure Teaching Council recognition to teach in that subject. The onus is on the individual applicant to ensure that he/she meets the requirements of the ‘Subject Declaration Form’.

•To provide graduates with a professional qualification for the teaching of Business, Accounting, Economics Business Studies, Enterprise Education and Applied Business courses (dependent on Teaching Council eligibility) all with a strong ICT component.

•To develop students' personal and practical skills to advanced competency.

•To enable students develop, synergise and innovate appropriate business teaching strategies.

•To empower students to develop and utilise broad evaluation and assessment strategies and thereby become effective facilitators of learning

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a 2.2 degree (Level 8 - QQI) in a relevant Business or Business related discipline. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education course, the PME Business applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she:

1.Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME course, a level 8 honours degree.

2.Has studied 60 ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see the link in point (4) below).

3.Has studied higher level degree content related to the subject area(s) in year 3 or 4 of their degree.

4.Has covered, as part of their degree, the mandatory topics/subjects as set out in the Teaching Council subject requirements which can be found at:

The Subject Declaration Form (which is available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this course.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your application:
•Qualification transcripts and awards/certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)/passport
•Fully and accurately completed ‘Subject Declaration Form(s)’ in those subjects you believe you will be qualified in.

A primary level 8 degree which has at least one business subject (Accounting, Business or Economics) taken throughout the duration of the degree and which is recognised by the Teaching Council (TC) as acceptable for the teaching of any designated business subject(s) i.e. Accounting, Business, Economics to leaving certificate level and which subject study has a 60 ECTS credit or more weighting.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her primary degree meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching a business subject or business subjects (i.e. Accounting, Business and Economics and Business Studies).
See the relevant section on the TC website www.teachingcouncil.ie Any successful application to join the course is subject to the individual applicant having established and declared for himself/herself that he/she has met this requirement.

If invited to interview, personal attendance is required. Interviews will normally take place from early to mid March, sometimes later. All interviewees are points ranked based on qualifications, experiences and interview performance. Offers of places on the course are sequentially made to interview candidates based on points score levels obtained once interviewing is finally completed. Up to a maximum of twenty four places may be offered. Please ensure you read the course information sheet. (The student FAQs on the bottom left hand side of the ‘Overview’ section of the website on this course)

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Duration

2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
Graduates from this course are enabled to teach a wide range of subjects across a number of programmes. Since its inception, there has been a consistently strong demand for teachers with this qualification. The majority of Master in Education (Business) graduates opt for teaching in second level schools. Others have secured employment in the further education sector, international education sector, alternative education sector, community education and adult education settings.

Further enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies
Course director:Ger Slattery
Tel : 353-61-202813
Email : ger.slattery@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency
Understanding Learning
Planning for School Placement
Business Education 1
Business Pedagogy 1

Semester 2
Understanding Teaching and Learning
School Placement 1
Research Methods 1
Business Pedagogy 2

Year 2:
Semester 3:
Understanding Schools
School Placement 2
Research Methods 2
Business Pedagogy 3

Semester 4
Curriculum Policy and Reform
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
Teacher As Professional Practitioner
Research and Practice Portfolio
Reporting Educational Research
Business Education 2

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules

Comment

This is a two-year full-time course of study designed to enable business graduates to become second level teachers of business subjects. Successful candidates are recognised to teach business studies across a range of areas including second level education, further education and community settings.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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