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Educational Mentoring

The programme is an attractive pathway of accreditation to a Master’s in Education with a specific focus on mentoring, induction and teacher learning. The programme aims to develop the teacher as a caring, thinking and activist professional within a school-university partnership for the betterment of the teaching profession. It offers initial, induction and in-career teachers reflective and productive spaces to critique practice and critically engage with international literature on mentoring in Teacher Education. The programme is timely given the new national policy focus in relation to teacher development and learning.

The programme is run through on-campus days, weekends and summer schools and on-line connection to the University's web-based learning platform. The first year of the programme is supported by the Fee Refund Scheme of the Department of Education and Science, based at Marino Institute, Dublin

The programme aims to develop the concept of the teacher as a professional and a colleague through the roles of leader of learning and architect of change in a whole school community within a school-university partnership. Specifically the programme will:
•Introduce participants to the work of initial teacher education (ITT) in the University of Limerick in the context of a school-university partnership.

•Consider the school placement environment using a holistic approach that seeks to find the best blend of cognitive and affective mentoring for learning that leads to the formation of an organic and dynamic learning community.

•Develop the policy, principles and practices of educational mentoring through connection with existing research and development models of mentoring in Ireland and internationally.

•Use a collaborative reflective model of critical enquiry, between initial, induction and in-career teachers, to develop the scholarship of teaching for innovation and learning.

Programme Content
The programme is run over a three-year period and is based on modules. There are four modules in each of year one and year two and three modules in the final year. Each year is certified separately. The first year focuses on the practice and theory of mentoring and has an emphasis on personal development. Those with an appetite for further research, in the second and third year, will be provided with opportunities to delve deeper into each of these areas and to consider them through the lenses of self-awareness, school-based reflection, national and international literature.

Entry requirements

Access to the programme will be through at least three years of teaching experience, a recommendation from the school principal (or current employer) and an interview selection process.

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


1 to 3 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The programme is aimed at promoting leadership for learning and teacher professionalism and will be suited to participants who wish to progress their personal and professional development through supporting a student teacher or newly qualified teacher. It is particularly suited to those in the school community who wish to lead learning, to national support service personnel and teaching practice tutors. It involves engaging in collaborative critical friend reflection and exploring the policy, principles and practice of mentoring as it seeks to promote dialogue on teaching and learning within the paradigm of a caring professional in a school-university partnership.

Further enquiries

Course Director:
Dr Geraldine Mooney Simmie
Tel 353-61-213029

Course Administrator:
Mairead Condon
Tel 353 (0) 86-4065371

Subjects taught

Mentoring in Practice
Innovation for Learning
Frameworks for Mentoring
Theories and Skills of Experiential Group Processes
Policy & Practice of Mentoring


The programme is an attractive pathway of accreditation to develop the teacher as a lifelong learner, a caring and extended professional within a school-university partnership. It offers initial, induction and in-career teachers a reflective and protected space to critique practice and to connect with national and international literature on mentoring. The programme is run through on-campus days, weekends and summer schools and a weekly on-line connection to the University's web-based learning environment. The first year of the programme is fully supported by the Department of Education and Science (DES).

Application date

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

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.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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