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Technological Education - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
The Professional Master of Education (Technology) is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to meet the needs of graduates who wish to become post-primary teachers of technology subjects including: Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, and Design & Communication Graphics. The programme promotes an interactive and design driven approach to technology education. The programme combines practice-based school placement with interactive lectures and tutorials to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to begin their professional career as a technology teacher. Applicants must possess a relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 - QQI or equivalent). Successful completion of a skills test and interview will be a requirement to obtain a place on the programme.

Objectives of the Programme:
•To provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to begin their professional career as technology teachers.

•To develop students' pedagogy and teaching skills.

•To encourage students to develop and utilise innovative evaluation and assessment strategies and to become effective facilitators of learning.

•To promote an interactive and design driven approach to technology education.

The programme is a full-time Master’s degree spread over four academic semesters. A breakdown of the programme per semester is presented below. Students undertake two school placements, the initial placement is in semester 2 of year 1 and the second is in the first semester of year 2. There is a significant research element to this two year Master’s degree which is designed to develop students’ critical research literacy skills, to promote teachers as researchers, and to help students apply research to their practice. Linked to the Research and Practice Portfolio module (EN6084), students must also compile a professional portfolio over the course of this two year Master’s degree programme. The professional portfolio is intended to allow students to document their professional growth and the attainment of learning outcomes, as set by the Teaching Council, over the course of their studies.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a 2h2 bachelor degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) in a relevant Engineering/Technology or Construction/Wood technology discipline. For example, those wishing to apply for the Engineering Technology option of the programme must hold a suitable degree in the general area of Manufacturing Engineering/Technology, Mechanical Engineering or a similar area that reflects the content of the Leaving Certificate Engineering/Technology subject. Those applying for the Construction Studies option must also hold a degree in the relevant area. Areas of study include Construction/Building Technology, Architecture, Wood Science, Furniture Design and Civil Engineering.

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:

a) Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME programme, a level 8 honours degree.
b) Has studied 60 ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see the link in point (d) below).
c) Has studied higher level degree content related to the subject area(s) in year 3 or 4 of their degree.
d) 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 for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this programme.

All suitable applicants must attend a skills test and interview. The skills test involves a bench work test in practical woodworking or metalworking and a graphics based examination. These tests are conducted in order to ensure that applicants have the necessary skills and knowledge within the area of each discipline. The bench work tests in woodwork and metalwork are equivalent in standard to Leaving Certificate practical examinations. The focus of the graphics entrance exam centres on the communication and function of graphics. The assessment will be composed of three main areas through which the following skills will be examined:

1.The ability to mentally rotate and manipulate geometry through a spatial visualisation test.
2.The ability to graphically communicate geometry through the medium of freehand sketching.
3.The ability to comprehend and apply geometric principles to a range of graphical problems. The geometric principles will be given.

Sample examination papers for the bench work tests can be downloaded from the links below:

• Sample Construction Studies/Woodwork bench test
• Sample Engineering/Metalwork bench test

Those successful in the skills tests are then called for interview.

Garda clearance is also a requirement 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

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Raymond Lynch and Dr Niall Seery,
Department of Education and Professional Studies,
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences,
University of Limerick.
Email: raymond.lynch@ul.ie
Email: niall.seery@ul.ie
Tel: + 353 (0)61 202359 + 353 (0) 61 202851

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
EN6151: Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency
EN6161: Understanding Learning
EN6171: Planning for School Placement
PN6001: Graphical Education for
Technology Teachers
PN6011: Subject Pedagogics 1 (Engineering)
Or
PN6021: Subject Pedagogics 1 (Construction)

Semester 2:
EN6152: Understanding Teaching and Learning
EN6162: School Placement 1
EN6010: Research Methods 1
EY4004: Subject Pedagogics 2 (Technology)(Metal)
Or
EN4104: Subject Pedagogics 2 (Technology)(Wood)
School Placement

Semester 3:
EN6153: Understanding Schools
EN6163: School Placement 2
EN6210: Research Methods 2
PN6003: Subject Pedagogics 3 (Technology Education)
School Placement

Semester 4:
EN6054: Curriculum Policy and Reform
EN6064: History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
EN6074: Research and Practice Portfolio
EN6084: Teacher as Professional Practitioner
EN6094: Reporting Educational Research
PN6004: Subject Pedagogics 4 (Technology Education)

There is a significant research element to this Master’s degree which is designed to develop students’ critical research literacy skills, to promote teachers as researchers, and to help students apply research to their practice. Linked to the Research and Practice Portfolio module (EN6084), students must also compile a professional portfolio over the course of this two year Master’s degree programme. The professional portfolio is intended to allow students to document their professional growth and the attainment of learning outcomes, as set by the Teaching Council, over the course of their studies.
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Application date

Application Deadline: 26th February 2017.

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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