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B.Ed. in Education and Psychology MI008

CAO minimum entry points 2017: 552

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.

To qualify as a primary teacher in the Republic of Ireland every student must undertake two residential Gaeltacht Placements over the course of the programme. These are required for registration as a teacher by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Currently, both placements are funded by the individual student.

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

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

Programme Structure

Year 1

During Year 1 of the programme the student undertakes a programme of study in education designed around the theme of ‘Learner’. In Year 1 school placement focuses on the middle classes. The student completes four psychology modules over the course of this year; taking an introductory module in psychology and modules in both research methods and social psychology. The student's academic focus in relation to education is on Language and Literacy, An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge, STeM Education, Educational Methodology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Microteaching, History of Education, Sociology of Education, Philosophy of Education, Education about Religious Beliefs and Ethics and the Creative Arts. Every student must complete their first Gaeltacht Placement at the end of the academic Year.

Year 2

During Year 2 of the programme the student undertakes a programme of study in education designed around the theme of ‘Teacher’. During this year a broad range of subject areas and disciplines are explored including the study of inclusive education for children with special educational needs. The student completes psychology modules in the following areas; Cognitive Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Statistical Analysis and Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour. The student's school placement preparation and experience focusses on the senior classes. The student's academic focus in education is on Language and Literacy, An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge, STeM Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Methodology, Social Studies (Teaching of History and Geography), Christian Religious Education or Religious Education in Multidenominational Schools, SPHE, PE, History of Education, Sociology of Education, Philosophy of Education and the Creative Arts.

Year 3

Year 3 of the programme is designed around the theme of ‘Leader’. Over the course of the year this theme is explored across a broad range of subject areas and disciplines. There is a particular focus on the study of early childhood education. The student engages in specific study in the area of assessment completing an extensive assessment portfolio which includes both ‘Assessment for Learning’ and ‘Assessment of Learning’ approaches. The student's school placement preparation and experience is focussed on an Alternative Education setting. The student completes five advanced modules in psychology over the course of this year; Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, Design & Ethical Evaluation of Psychological Research and the Biological Basis of Behaviour. The student's academic focus in education is on Early Childhood Education, STeM Education, History of Education, Sociology of Education, Philosophy of Education, Language and Literacy including An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge, the Creative Arts and Early Primary Education. Every student must complete their second Gaeltacht placement by the end of this academic year.

Year 4

Year 4 is designed around the theme of ‘Researcher’. Throughout the year the student is encouraged to develop as an autonomous, self-directed learner. The student spends all of the first semester on extended school placement which enables him/her to engage with the broader school community. The student is encouraged to offer his/her own unique set of skills and expertise to the school, to find ways to demonstrate initiative in bringing a particular curricular focus to the host school, and to learn about aspects of school life outside of the classroom. During this year the student compiles a portfolio showcasing samples of their work completed over the course of the entire degree. The student completes a module that focuses on leadership and policy in education and engages in modules in advanced educational psychology and inclusive education and in advanced developmental psychology. The student also completes a research dissertation in educational psychology or in psychology. Finally, the student also choses an elective in psychology from the following suite of options; Psychology of Motivation, Abnormal Psychology or Health Psychology.

Accreditation

This programme continues to be accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).




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