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Languages - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
The Professional Master of Education (Languages) programme is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching. Graduates will become post-primary teachers of two of the following languages: French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish. English as a second language (ESL) is offered as an option on this programme. Applicants are required to hold a level 8 honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant discipline. This course will develop students’ understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies. Successful completion of an interview, part of which will be conducted in the proposed languages to be studied, will be a requirement. This programme is designed as follows:

•To provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching and to promote the development of students as effective and reflective teachers

•To develop students' understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies

•To provide students with experience of the application of technologies in language learning

•To develop further students' language skills in their chosen language(s), with particular reference to teaching through the target languages and the use of the target language in classroom management

•To develop further students' understanding of socio-cultural aspects of language learning and teaching

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2.2 or above) (QQI) in a relevant discipline. An interview in the proposed languages to be studied will be a requirement. Personal attendance at interview is require. 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.The qualifying degree must carry at least 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) per language. In the case of English as a second language (ESL) there is no requirement to have any credits or qualification prior to commencing the programme.
3.Meet the Teaching Council curricular requirements for the chosen languages. There are no curricular requirements for English as a second language.
4.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.

Please note it is your responsibility to ensure that you fully meet Teaching Council requirements to teach your language subject(s) at second level. You are required to submit with your application a completed Subject Declaration Form for each of your two languages. There is however no requirement to submit a Subject Declaration Form for English as a Second Language.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their degree is eligible for the purposes of registration as a Post-Primary teacher with the Teaching Council. The University of Limerick will not be responsible if a graduate of the Professional Master of Education (Languages) programme is refused admission to the Register of teachers on the basis of an erroneous declaration. To confirm that your degree is eligible you must consult the Teaching Council requirements.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document
•Additional Information Form
•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
Graduates of the programme will be eligible to be employed as teachers of both languages in second-level schools.

Further enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies
Course Director: Mary Masterson
Tel: 353-61-233743
Email: mary.masterson@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency
Understanding Learning
Planning for School Placement
Integrating Language & Teaching 1
Language Pedagogy 1: The Language Teacher as Professional Practitioner

Semester 2
Understanding Teaching and Learning
School Placement 1
Research Methods 1
Integrating Language & Teaching 2

Year 2:
Semester 3:
Understanding Schools
School Placement 2
Research Methods 2
Integrating Language & Teaching 3

Semester 4
Curriculum Policy and Reform
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
Teacher As Professional Practitioner
Research and Practice Portfolio
Reporting Educational Research
Language Pedagogy 2: The Language Teacher as Reflective Practitioner

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

The Master of Education (Languages) programme is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching. Graduates will become post-primary teachers of two of the following languages: English as a second language, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish. Applicants are required to hold a level 8 honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant discipline. Furthermore, all applicants must ensure that both languages chosen are recognised by the Teaching Council for the purpose of teaching in post-primary schools.

Application date

Application Deadline: 17 February 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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