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.