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  Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching

Do you want to become a primary school teacher? This page describes the programme and the entrance requirements. If you need further information, feel free to ask us a question.

The four year B.Ed. programme seeks to equip participants with the competence to teach at all levels of the primary school. The programme enables students to examine their role as a learner, a teacher, a researcher and a leader. Blending subject-specific pedagogies with modules which interrogate contemporary issues in education, in a context of campus-based and school-based learning opportunities, students are enabled to achieve deep insights into teaching and learning from the initial year of the programme.

Over the course of the programme, students take 55 modules. 47 modules are pre-defined and are taken by all students. These 47 modules form the Core Programme. As the programme is designed to facilitate student choice in pursuing areas of personal interest, each student selects the remaining 8 modules from a broad suite of modules, 3 of which must be Liberal Arts modules. The final 5 modules chosen by the student determine whether the student graduates with a Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Education with a Specialism. These two pathways are of equal merit and are described under specialisms.

(Click here for a detailed description of the core programme and specialisms of the class of 2016)

UNDERGRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, 20 First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the Bachelor of Education programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

Year 1 - Learner

During Year 1 of the programme the student will undertake a core programme of study designed around the theme of Learner. During the first semester the student will be introduced to academic life and will be enabled to fully engage in third level education through a specific programme of study that complements the first suite of academic modules. This year comprises of on campus study and school placement in middle classes. See below for specific modules.

Year 2 - Teacher

During Year 2 of the programme the student will undertake a core programme of study designed around the theme of Teacher. During this year a broad range of subject areas and disciplines will be explored by the student including the study of Inclusive Education for Children with Special Educational Needs. The student will also complete the first of his/her Liberal Arts modules. This year comprises on campus study and school placement in senior and multigrade classes. See below for specific modules.

Year 3 - Researcher

During Year 3 of the programme the student will become more responsible for the direction of core elements of the degree. In this year the student will have the responsibility of choosing electives in both Education and Liberal Arts. In Year 3 a broad range of subject areas and disciplines will be explored by the student including the study of Early Childhood Education. This year comprises of on campus study and school placement in infant classes. See below for specific modules.

Year 4 - Leader

This final year comprises on campus study and extended school placement. The student will spend the first semester on School Placement engaged in a wide variety of activities. These include being responsible for teaching various class groupings for prolonged periods of time, bringing a particular curricular focus to host schools and learning about aspects of school life outside of the classroom. During this year the student will compile a portfolio showcasing samples of work completed over the course of the degree to date. The student will complete a dissertation or a final suite of elective modules together with capstone modules that include a focus on Leadership and Policy in Education. See below for specific modules.

 Bachelor of Education - Semester Modules

Semester 1

Student as Learner

Semester 2

Student as Learner

 

Language and Literacy 1

An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 1  

STeM 1: Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 

Schools and Society 1: Developing criticality around recent and contemporary issues in education.  

Supporting the Child as Learner 1: Developmental Psychology and Educational Methodology

Becoming a Student Teacher

School Placement 1

 

 

 

 

Language and Literacy 2  

An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 2

STeM 2 : Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 2  

STeM 3: Introduction to Science

Supporting the Child as Learner 2

Introduction to the Creative Arts 1

Ethics, Religions and Beliefs

School Placement 2

Tréimhse sa Ghaeltacht 1

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Student as Teacher

Semester 4

Student as Teacher

 

Language and Literacy  3

An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 3

STeM 4:  Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 3

Social Studies 1: The Global Teacher

Christian Religious Education 1     

or

Religious Education in Multi-denominational Schools Module 1 

Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 1

Inclusive Education for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN 1)

School Placement 3

Elective 1 (Liberal Arts)

 

Language and Literacy 4

Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

STeM 5 Pedagogy of Maths and teaching and Learning with ICT

Social Studies 2 Teaching History and Geography in Primary Schools                       

Christian Religious Education 2

or

Religious Education in Multi-denominational Schools Module 2

Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 2

Schools and Society 2

The Creative Arts 2

School Placement 4

Tréimhse sa Ghaeltacht  2


At the end of Year 2 students will select whether to take the Multidisciplinary BEd programme or to pursue a specialism in Liberal Arts or Education.

Semester 5

Student as Researcher

Semester 6

Student as Researcher

 

Early Childhood Education: Curriculum,  Research and Pedagogy

STeM 6:  Teaching Mathematics and Science

Research Methods - ethical foundations for teaching and research

Creative Arts 3

Assessment For and Of Learning

Elective 2 (Liberal Arts)    

Elective 3 (Liberal Arts) 

 

Schools and Society 3

Language and Literacy 5

Early Primary Education and Advanced Educational Methodology

Inclusive Education for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 2

Elective 4 (Liberal Arts)

Elective 5 (Liberal Arts)

School Placement 5

At the end of Year 3 students will select whether to take the Dissertation or Taught Elective option.

Semester 7

Teacher as Leader

Semester 8

Teacher as Leader

Additional Educational Experience 

School Placement  6

School Placement  7

Portfolio

 

 

 

Policy and Leadership in Education

Schools and Society 4

Elective 6 (Education)

Undergraduate Dissertation 1 or Taught Elective 7

Undergraduate Dissertation 2 or Taught Elective 8

 

 

Students taking the Multidisciplinary programme may select their electives from a range of modules offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education. These lists will include many of the modules being offered to students on selected streams depending on the pre-requisites for each module and whether the module can cater for additional students.

The provision of electives and specialisms will depend on the level of resources available. The full range of specialisms provided in any academic year cannot be affirmed until the resource allocation is confirmed.

 

Bachelor of Education with a Specialism

Students may pursue a Specialism in either Liberal Arts or Education. This means that students select 8 modules, of which 5 modules are in a given subject/area. These 5 modules may comprise 5 taught modules or a combination of 3 taught modules and 2 dissertation modules. This allows students to develop their personal interests and talents and to customise their own individual degree paths. These students gain expertise in a specific area of relevance to primary education.

Specialisms

Examples of the Education specialisations that are currently on offer include:

  • • Special Education
  • • Early Childhood Studies
  • • Physical Education
  • • Music Education
  • • Teagasc i Suíomhanna Lán-Ghaeilge
  • • Theology/Religious Education (Joint Specialism with Liberal Arts)
  • • Visual Arts Education

Alternatively, students may elect to pursue a specialisation in one of the following Liberal Arts disciplines:

  • • Gaeilge
  • • German Studies
  • • Mathematics
  • • History
  • • Music
  • • Theology & Religious Studies

Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Education

Students may select to follow a Multidisciplinary B.Ed. which means that they select any 8 modules from across the range of modules on offer. Students may take modules from either Education or Liberal Arts. These 8 modules may comprise 8 taught modules or a combination of 6 taught modules and 2 dissertation modules. This allows students to develop their personal interests and talents and to customise their own individual degree paths. These students gain expertise across a range of areas of relevance to primary education.

Age Limit: Applicants must be at least 16 years old on 15th January of the year of entry. Mary Immaculate is committed to improving access to higher education for adults. If you are at least 23 years old on the 1st January of the year of entry to college, you are considered as a mature applicant. For further information about applying as a mature applicant please click here.

*Minimum Grades Required in Leaving Certificate Examination:

Applicants must have obtained the following minimum grades at a single sitting of the examination:

  • • Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in not less than three subjects
  • • Grade O6/H7 in three other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)

Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at minimum, in subjects specified:

  • • Gaeilge - Grade H5
  • • Mathematics - O6 or H6
  • • English - O5 or H6

Foundation Level Mathematics does not satisfy the entry requirement in Mathematics.

*Note: Minimum grades required in Gaeilge, English and Mathematics can be obtained at different sittings of the Leaving Certificate Examination(s). The requirement to achieve a minimum of Grade C3/H5 in three Higher Level papers and Grade D3 or O6/H7 in three other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level) must be obtained in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination.

Points will be compiled from one sitting only of the Leaving Certificate Examination

Entry Requirements - CAO 2017.

Entry Requirements - CAO 2017 (Irish).doc

GCSE/A Levels

Six subjects must be presented, at least three subjects at GCE A Level and the remaining subjects at GCE AS or GCSE level. The six subjects must include Irish, English and Mathematics.

A subject may be counted from only one of the examinations, GCSE, GCE AS Level or GCE A Level.

Only subjects taken at one sitting of a particular examination, GCSE, GCE AS Level or GCE A Level will be accepted. Examinations taken in the same academic year are regarded as the same sitting.

Minimum Grades required

  • • Grade C at GCE A level in at least three subjects, including Irish
  • • Grade C at GCSE Level in both English and English Literature, or Grade B at GCSE Level in either
  • • Grade D at GCSE Level in Additional Mathematics or Grade A at GCSE Level in Mathematics
  • • Grade C in one other subject at GCSE level
  • • Applicants must satisfy the matriculation requirements of the University to which the College of Education is affiliated.

Medical

Before being accepted for the B.Ed. degree course, all candidates are required to complete a health declaration questionnaire for submission to the College Medical Officer.



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