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Music - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is specially designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become teachers of music in secondary schools. Applicants must possess a level 8 honours degree (QQI) which is recognised by the Teaching Council for eligibility to teach the subject music. This course will prepare you to teach music in innovative and creative ways and will introduce you to research in music education. Successful completion of an interview is a requirement. This course is run in conjunction with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Primary degree 2.2 Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in Music or Primary degree in Arts with Music as a major subject. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education programme, the PME 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 programme, a level 8 honours degree.

2.The qualifying degree must carry at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) with the specific study of Music comprising at least 80 ECTS credits (or equivalent) and with not less than 10 ECTS credits (or equivalent) studied at third-year level or higher (or modular equivalent).

3.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: http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Publications/Registration/Documents/Cur...

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 programme.

We will be holding an information evening on how to complete the Subject Declaration Form for interested applicants at various times during the autumn (Further details to follow).

All suitable applicants must attend an interview. The focus of the interview is on musical performance, practical content knowledge, ability to communicate, experience and insights gained from work with children and youth, insights gained from teaching experiences if any, and dispositions for teaching.

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with Your Application

•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

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

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

The Professional Master of Education (Music), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Music), is a post-graduate qualification now offered at master’s degree level, which enables the holder of a relevant primary Degree in Music to be registered by the Teaching Council. The majority of music education graduates from the University of Limerick opt to teach music in Irish secondary schools. UL music education graduates have had their qualifications recognised internationally for teaching purposes in many countries including UK, New Zealand, Australia and USA.

Further enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies/Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
Course director: Jean Downey,
Fax: 353 61-213160
Email: jean.downey@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher:
Identity and Agency,
Understanding Learning,
Planning for School Placement,
Practical Skills of Music 1,
Music Pedagogy

Semester 2:
Understanding Teaching and Learning,
School Placement 1,
Research Methods 1,
Practical Skills of Music 2

Semester 3:
Understanding Schools,
School Placement 2,
Research Methods 2,
Practical Skills of Music 3

Semester 4:
Curriculum Policy and Reform,
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education,
Teacher as Professional Practitioner,
Research and Practice Portfolio,
Reporting Educational Research,
Music Education Independent Study.

Application date

Application Deadline: 8th January 2017.

Interviews dates to be confirmed.

Applications will continue to be accepted after the closing date for any remaining places on the programme).

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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