The Professional Master of Education in Physical Education is a full-time two-year initial teacher education to prepare graduates for a professional teaching qualification in physical education. Graduates will be skilled in designing instructionally aligned, evidence-based physical education programs. The course culminates with a demonstration of the:
- ability to conduct applied research resulting in a research paper
- achievement of Teaching Council professional expectations for teachers documented in a professional portfolio.
The aims and objectives of this teacher education programme, which culminates in a professional teaching qualification, reflect our commitment to the development of caring, competent, critical and reflective teachers who have the following dispositions, skills, and content knowledge:
Graduates will have a willingness and capability to monitor their own growth and use that learning to improve the teaching and learning process
Graduates will be knowledgeable about planning, contemporary curriculum and assessment policy and practice, school contexts, and educational reform in the Irish context.
Graduates will be knowledgeable about students and theories of learning and child development in support of psychologically and physically safe, and supportive learning environments.
Graduates will have an understanding of key principles, concepts, and skills of Physical Education and are knowledgeable of contemporary developments in their subject matter.
Graduates are committed to life long learning, drawing on their practical knowledge and theory to improve teaching and learning for students.
Graduates will be concerned with enhancing pupil learning and their development as persons who support a just and equitable Irish society. They respect pupils as critical inquirers about education, sport, dance, health, fitness and exercise and promote their enthusiasm for health and well-being.
Graduates will develop care and concern for the personal welfare and development of pupils and the promotion of social justice in society as well as fairness, inclusion, and equity in physical activity environments and school/community settings.
The graduates have a critical and reconstructive approach to teaching as a profession.