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  Degree of Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Closing date for receipt of application is 30th May 2017.

The Master of Education degree programme is a two-year, part-time programme presented through a combination of weekend study and independent study.  The programme covers theories, principles and practices in contemporary educational settings and is designed for all those interested in enhancing their professional knowledge, understandings and skills.  Teaching and learning methods include; lectures, workshops, presentations, visiting speakers and supervised research.  Graduates of the programme are working as teachers, principals, inspectors, lecturers, and researchers in schools, colleges, universities at home and abroad.

Applicants choose this programme because of the dedication and commitment of the teaching faculty, the range of supervision specialisations available, and the high quality and individualised nature of the supervisory process.

Collection of Student Cards - This is applicable for the following student groups: MEd Part-time year one; MEd full-time; MEd year two; MEd in SEN; MEd in AFE; MEd in PSE; MEd in ICT

September 8th 1600hrs - 1800hrs Student Cards can be collected from Academic Administration

MEd Orientation - This is applicable for the following student groups: MEd Part-time year one; MEd full-time; MEd year two; MEd in SEN; MEd in AFE; MEd in PSE; MEd in ICT

1800hrs - 1900hrs Room T1.16

Opening Lecture - This is applicable for the following student groups: MEd Full-time; MEd year 2; MEd in SEN; MEd in AFE; MEd in PSE; MEd in ICT; MEd in ELM; MA EWOP; MA Mus Ed.

Opening Research Methods lecture will take place at 1930hrs - ca. 2200hrs in Room T1.16

The module "Principles and Practice of Research in Education" (this is applicable for the following student groups: MEd full-time; MEd year two; MEd in SEN; MEd in AFE; MEd in PSE; MEd in ICT; MEd in ELM; MA EWOP; MA Music Education) will take place from 1730hrs - 1945hrs each Friday in Room T1.16 from week 2 (Sept 15) for the duration of the semester.

The module "Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design" (this is applicable for the following student groups MEd year two and MEd full-time) will take place from 2000hrs - ca 2200hrs each Friday in room T1.16 from week 2 (Sept 15) for the duration of the semester.

The module "Applied Research Project" (this is applicable for the following student groups: MEd full-time; MEd part-time year one) will take place from 0900hrs - 1100hrs in room T1.16 on Saturday September 9th and continue each Saturday for the duration of the semester.

The module "Theory to Practice in Education" (this is applicable for the following MEd full-time; MEd Part-time year one) will take place from 1130hrs - ca. 1330hrs in room T1.16 on Saturday September 9th and continue each Saturday for the duration of the semester.

Additional Research Methods Weekend Workshops (MEd full-time; MEd year two; MEd in SEN; MEd in AFE; MEd in PSE; MEd in ICT) - Please note that there will be some additional research methods weekend workshops; dates will be advised at Orientation.

The Objectives of the Programme Are:

  1. To advance knowledge and understandings of educational theories, principles and practices
  2. To develop critical and enquiring skills through conversation-building and high quality writing
  3. To foster confident researchers and educational leaders on the cusp of renewal and reform in education

Programme Structure

Full-Time Structure

  

Autumn Semester

Spring Semester

Code

Title

Code

Title

EDU600

 

Persp   Theory and Practice in Education

EDU604

 

Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation

EDU601

Applied Research Project

 

EDU605

National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education

EDU602

Principles and Practice of Research in Education

EDU606

Dissertation 1

 

EDU603

Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design

 

 

Summer

Code

Title

EDU607

Dissertation 2

                

 

Part-Time Structure

 

Year One

Autumn Semester (1)

Spring Semester (2)

Code

Title

Code

Title

EDU600

 

Persp   Theory and Practice in Education

EN5112

 

Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation

EDU601

Applied Research Project

 

EN6101

National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education

Year Two

Autumn Semester (3)

Spring Semester (4)

Code

Title

Code

Title

EDU602               

Principles and Practice of Research in Education

EDU607

Dissertation 2

EDU603

Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design

 

 

 

EDU606

Dissertation 1

Academic Programme Structure

  1. Principles and Practice of Research in Education
  2. Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design
  3. Theory and Practice in Education
  4. Curriculum design, Development and Evaluation
  5. National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education

Participants will also complete:

  1. An Applied Research Project which will be conducted as an introduction to engaging in research.  It is intended that this project be completed within one semester.
  2. A Dissertation of 20,000 words.

Programme Delivery

  • Lectures on the full-time programme will take place on Friday evenings and Saturdays;
  • MEd Year 1 lectures on the part-time programme will take place on Saturdays.
  • MEd Year 2 lectures on the part-time programme will take place on Friday evenings;
  • some additional Saturday workshops may be scheduled

Programme Assessment

The core modules will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-term assessment.  A cumulative grade point average system is used to recognise and reward work throughout the programme.

Applicants will be considered for direct entry into the MEd programme on the basis of possession of a Primary Degree in Education (Level 8 NFQ) at a minimum of Honours 2.2. Applicants who have a 2.2 Honours degree in other disciplines may be considered if they have substantial and relevant professional experience

Applicants for the full-time programme must provide an outline of the dissertation proposal (500 words) as part of their application. For further information relating to this please contact the Course Coordinators.

For direct entry into Year 2 of the part-time programme, applicants will hold a Professional Development Graduate Diploma in Education (Level 9 NFQ) at a minimum of Honours 2.1.

In cases where the applicant does not meet normal entry requirements, the applicant can be assessed on prior learning in line with University policy and procedures on the Recognition of Prior Learning. The admission procedures will include an interview wherein the prior learning and experience of applicants in education will be assessed.

Closing date for receipt of application is 30th May 2017.

Fees (EU and non-EU)

For more information about fees for this programme, please go to the postgraduate fees 2016-17 page – click here

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the application form - click here
    • The application form must also include your university transcripts and contact details for two referees.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
  2. Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: admissions@mic.ul.ie or by post to:
    • Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
    • Telephone: +353 61 204348 / 204929


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