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Mathematics - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
The Professional Master of Education (Mathematics) is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to train specialist mathematics teachers for Irish post-primary schools. It facilitates an interactive and imaginative approach to teaching mathematics at post-primary level in order to enhance school students' mathematics learning and performance. Candidates shall normally be required to hold a Level 8 degree (NQAI) (Hons 2.2 or above) having graduated (or about to graduate) from an undergraduate degree programme that is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of pursuing a teaching qualification in mathematics at post-primary level.

The aims of the programme are to ensure that successful graduates:
•achieve a professional qualification in mathematics teaching (post-primary)

•acquire the extensive and complex integrated knowledge base that is necessary for effective mathematics teaching at second level

•demonstrate an ability to integrate this mathematics knowledge for teaching into professional practice as novice mathematics teachers

•achieve a high standard of practical competence in mathematics teaching during their school placement.

Programme Content
The programme will cater for two categories of students from the pool of candidates, category A and B.

Category A: Graduates from recognised undergraduate mathematics programmes which are theoretically based and have the specified entry requirements.

Category B: Graduates from recognised undergraduate mathematics programmes which are applications/applied in nature and have the specified entry requirements.

Successful candidates will be assigned to the appropriate mathematics sub-stream by the Course Director after consultation with the relevant mathematics representative on the course board.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 - QQI or equivalent) or be about to graduate with such a degree. 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.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: 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 on the 16th October 2014 at 17:00 in the University of Limerick (Further details to follow).
Candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Applicants with Engineering Degrees please note:
It has been identified recently that Engineering degrees are not meeting the requirements for Mathematics teaching at second level. Therefore The Teaching Council has in consultation with The Open University identified a module that Engineering graduates can complete in order to obtain recognition for Mathematics. The module is called M208 and is run through The Open University. Please contact the Teaching Council of Ireland for further information on this.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with your Application:
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translation of your qualification(s)/certificate(s) where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate.
•Subject Declaration Form

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 full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The Professional Master of Education (Mathematics), formerly Professional Diploma in Education (Mathematics Teaching), is a post-graduate programme which qualifies the holder of a primary degree in mathematics as a second level mathematics teacher as recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Further enquiries

Course Director,
Dr Patrick Johnson,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Limerick,
Phone: 353-61-202208
Email: patrick.johnson@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1 (Autumn):
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency,
Understanding Learning
Planning for School Placement
Mathematics Pedagogy Number Theory and Proof

Semester 2 (Spring):
Understanding Teaching and Learning
School Placement 1
Research Methods 1
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Year 2:
Semester 1 (Autumn):
Understanding Schools
School Placement 2
Research Methods 2
Statistics and Probability Knowledge for Teaching

Semester 2 (Spring):
Curriculum Policy and Reform
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
Research and Practice Portfolio
Teacher as Professional Practitioner
Reporting Educational Research
Mathematical Modelling and Applications

Comment

The Professional Master of Education (Mathematics) is a two year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to train specialist mathematics teachers for Irish post-primary schools. It facilitates an interactive and imaginative approach to teaching mathematics at post-primary level in order to enhance school students' mathematics learning and performance.

Application date

Application Deadline: 4 March 2018

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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