In 1974 the two-year programme was replaced by the B.Ed. degree. This degree was awarded by University College, Cork. The B.Ed. is a comprehensive, three-year programme with a professional component (Education) which is taken along with one academic subject. Following a decision by the Government, MIC has been linked with the University of Limerick since 1992.
The Faculty of Education is the largest in MIC. Staff members cover a wide range of expertise and professional interests. Many are qualified primary teachers and bring to their students a wealth of professional knowledge and experience. An internationally recognised standard of excellence has been achieved in the areas of professional development, curriculum design and educational research.