The programme is an attractive pathway of accreditation to a Masters 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.
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.