The Faculty of Education is committed to the development of lifelong learning by providing comprehensive and flexible learning opportunities for educators working across the educational spectrum. Our programmes range from education in the early years to primary, secondary, adult and further education, to the care and well-being of the older person.
To promote the profession of education and to educate professionals who in turn hold education in high esteem.
· To prepare professionals who educate and care across the life cycle; from birth, primary, post-primary, further education to the care and education of the older person.
· To promote the faculty as a community that supports and encourages excellence in teaching, learning, research, collaborative and reflective practice, and public engagement.
· To foster the social, emotional, spiritual, aesthetic, physical and intellectual development of our students; to promote, nurture and enhance their well-being during their time in college, and to equip them with the knowledge, skills and attributes that will serve them throughout their life course.
· To foster student participation in all facets of College life and to encourage engagement with culture, music, sport, the arts and voluntary activities both inside and outside College.
· To encourage students to aspire to standards of excellence in their personal and professional lives and to become reflective, creative, opened-minded, caring and committed professionals who will engage with, and contribute to the wider learning community and society.
· To develop an appreciation of the contribution of pedagogical and subject knowledge in informing practice. To acknowledge the evolving nature of knowledge and to provide opportunity for critical reflection and reflective practice.
· To engender in our graduates a commitment to the social, emotional, spiritual, aesthetic, physical and intellectual development of all the learners they engage with, so that as citizens, they are informed, knowledgeable and caring members of society.
· To foster an understanding and knowledge of people with additional educational needs. To support an ethos and culture of inclusion that acknowledges difference and promotes inclusion for all citizens.
· To encourage students to engage in active inquiry; to develop educational research literacy; to contribute to, share, and apply existing research for the benefit of the school and community; and to appreciate the pivotal role of educational research for promoting insight, informing debate, and as a catalyst for generating change and achieving transformation.
· To instil in students an ethical, moral, social and political awareness so that they might recognise the political and ethical function of education, and pro-actively challenge injustice and inequity. To empower students to become participative citizens who engage with social, global, environmental, cultural and political issues in their personal and professional practice.
· To foster knowledgeable, empathetic, and courageous students who will stand outside the limits of their own cultural beliefs and promote a vision of equity for all citizens. To empower students to recognise, appreciate, and accommodate the needs of learners with varied gender, racial and cultural identities, socio-economic backgrounds, linguistic diversity, religious and ethnic values; and who will support the educational development of all citizens.
To foster academic, social and educational competencies as required in a continually changing world through the promotion of creativity, imagination, curiosity, digital literacy and entrepreneurial thinking.