B.Ed. in Education and Psychology MI008
The Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology is a unique and exciting four-year honours degree programme which prepares primary level teachers and which also provides opportunities for graduates to pursue a career in psychology. This redesigned programme takes a fresh approach to teacher education, and incorporates new and focussed modules specifically designed to meet the changing needs of Irish society and education. This programme leads to both an academic and professional qualification, accredited by the University of Limerick and recognised by the Teaching Council. In addition the full complement of Psychology modules has been maintained within this programme and BEd in Education and Psychology students study psychology alongside their peers on the BA in Psychology programme. We are confident that this restructured programme will equip our students to meet the many challenges of teaching in the context of societal change while also participating in a specifically Irish educational experience.
Built on the premise of a democratic model of initial teacher education, this innovative four-year programme will enable students to examine their role as learner, teacher, researcher and leader throughout their course. Blending subject specific pedagogies with modules which interrogate contemporary issues in education, in a context of campus-based and school-based learning opportunities, students will be enabled to achieve deep insights into teaching and learning early in the programme.
Students will undertake two Gaeltacht placements, each of two weeks, in Years 1 and 2 of their programme. The first of these placements will take place during the Easter break of Spring 2013. In addition a small number of modules will take place in out-of-semester time during Years 1 and 2. The school placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements, and students will spend approximately thirty weeks in schools during the programme. This period will allow students to engage in observation, class-based and whole-school teaching and learning activities. Working in partnership with schools, the placements are designed to enable students experience all class levels and a range of school types, and that the student is guided and empowered along his/her learning-to-teach journey.
This programme continues to be accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).