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BA in Education, Mathematics and Gaeilge (MI013)

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The BA in Education, Mathematics and Gaeilge (post-primary) programme is a four-year, full-time, undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree. Graduates are qualified to teach Mathematics and Gaeilge to Leaving Certificate honours level. Students are educated in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Gaeilge and Mathematics. These are taken concurrently with education modules which include theoretical, pedagogical and professional studies along with a number of school placement experiences. Prior to registering with the Teaching Council, Irish language teachers have to spend a minimum of two months on residential placement in a designated Gaeltacht area. Four weeks of this residential placement will be in the form of two compulsory Cúrsaí Gaeltachta organised by the College.

Graduates of the programme will:

  • Demonstrate subject knowledge, knowledge of curriculum content and process and professional knowledge;
  • Engage in critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation;
  • Engage in planning, teaching, learning, assessment, classroom management and organisation for the classroom and the school as a learning organisation;
  • Articulate a commitment to and vision for the development of the uniqueness of the pupil in all his/her dimensions;
  • Integrate and apply knowledge skills, attitudes and values in complex and unpredictable educational settings;
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skill and a readiness to be leaders and innovators of curriculum change;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development and actively participate in professional learning communities.



The school placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements, and students will spend approximately 21 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 class levels from junior to senior cycle within a range of school types, and that the student is guided and empowered along his/her learning-to-teach journey. The level and range of teaching and learning activities increases from School Placement 1 to School Placement 4 and the student is assisted by the tutors and co-operating teachers to ensure that her/his practice is reflective of professional knowledge and her/his own personal commitment to the pupils’ wellbeing and learning. There is an integrated focus on subject knowledge and also inclusion and differentiation for each placement. Placements occur at four points in the programme:


Teaching and Learning 1, Year 1, Semester 2

Students are given the opportunity to observe for one week in a senior primary classroom. This observation placement provides an opportunity for students to gain an insight into the interconnection between primary and post-primary education. The placement inducts student teachers into the practice of teaching and reflection.

School Placement 1, Year 2, Semester 4

The focus for this 6-week School Placement is on lesson planning and preparation, scheme planning and developing effective teaching strategies in their subject areas. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of critical and reflective practice, and on developing an understanding of schools as organisations. Both observation and teaching elements are integrated into this placement which is located at Junior Cycle level and /or Transition Year level. This School Placement marks the beginning of their Professional Portfolio, to be completed on an ongoing basis throughout the remainder of the degree programme.


School Placement 2, Year 3, Semester 6

In this two week placement, students will work in special settings including the possibility of an international placement. The purpose of this placement is to support the student in becoming an inclusive teacher and to develop their confidence and competence in responding to diverse needs in the classroom.

School Placement 3 and 4, Year 4, Semester 8

School Placement 3 and 4 will run simultaneously over 12 weeks. School Placement 3 addresses the whole school elements of the extended placement beyond the classroom and provides structure to the student’s whole school learning throughout the placement including the continuation of the Professional Portfolio. In School Placement 4 the student teachers will plan, prepare and implement schemes of work and lesson plans in their subject areas at Junior and Senior Cycle level. There will be a strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout these modules.



Students will undertake two Gaeltacht placements (two separate blocks each of two weeks) throughout their programme, normally at the end of Year 1 and at the end of Year 3 of their programme. This is a compulsory component of the degree programme. On completion of each placement students will undertake a project (Tionscnamh Gaeltachta), on aspects of their learning in the Gaeltacht and this assessment will contribute to the students’ grades in two designated Irish modules. Students will be experience two of the principal dialects of Irish during the two placements.

Through immersion in Irish, the placement aims to:

  • enhance students’ communicative competence, in the context of their future role as teachers of Irish and of other subjects through the medium of Irish, as well as users of Irish as a living language in the school community. Such competence will be demonstrated by reference to agreed learning outcomes;
  • enhance their knowledge and understanding of the life and culture of the Gaeltacht
  • be an enjoyable experience, which enhances student teachers’ love of Irish as a language and their confidence in speaking it.
  • During the placement each week should encompass 35 hours learning activities, of which at least 20 hours will be comprised of formal classes. Formal classes will take place in the morning. Afternoon workshops will allow students to enhance their knowledge and linguistic competence in post-primary school curricular areas.


  • This programme places great emphasis on teaching and research. As part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake an Undergraduate Dissertation. The Dissertation can be in either Education or a Subject discipline. Students begin the preparation for the Dissertation in Year 3 where they undertake their Research Methods module.





Semester 1

                        Becoming a Student Teacher

                        Teanga agus Litriocht Na Gaeilge 1

                        Fhiannaíocht agus Scéalaíocht Ár Sinsear

                        Elementary Number Theory

                        Calculus 1: Differentiation


Semester 2

                        Teaching and Learning 1 - Planning to Teach

                        Understanding Contemporary Schools and Society

                        Adolescent Development – Understanding young people and how they learn

                        Teanga agus Litríocht Na Gaeilge 2

                        Introduction to Geometry




Semester 3

                        Teaching and Learning 2: Planning for Differentiation

                        Teaching Mathematics and Gaeilge 1

                        Linear Algebra

                        An Ghéarrscéalaíocht agus Béaloideas

                        An Litríocht Chlasaiceach


Semester 4

                        Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives

                        School Placement 1

                        Litríocht an 17ú Agus an 18ú hAois

                        Calculus 2: Integration




Semester 5

                        Curriculum Studies; Assessment for and of Learning

                        Diversity in Education: Ethics, Interculturalism and Inclusive Classrooms

                        Logainmneacha agus Gnéithe Den Teangeolaíocht

                        Introduction to Statistics

                        Multivariate Calculus


Semester 6

                        Research Methods-Ethical Foundations for Teaching and Research

                        School Placement 2

                        Filíocht Na Nua-Ghaeilge

                        Na Mná Sa Litríocht

                        Computational Mathematics

                        Abstract Algebra




Semester 7

                        Policy and Leadership in Education

                        Dissertation 1

                        Teaching Mathematics and Gaeilge 2

                        Prós na Gaeilge

                        Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry


Semester 8

                        School Placement 3

                        School Placement 4


                        Dissertation 2



Entry Requirements

Applicants must obtain Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in not less than two subjects and Grade O6/H7 in three other subjects, which must include English (at Higher or Ordinary Level). The following minimum grades must be obtained:

  • Gaeilge - Grade H5
  • Mathematics - Grade O1/H5


Mature Students

If you are at least 23 years old on the 1 January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature applicant. All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI013 and are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited to attend for an interview. Candidates applying for MI013 will have part of their interview conducted through Irish.

Candidates are awarded a grade for their performance at the interview. Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers may be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit. Applicants who get a ‘fail’ grade in the interview will be eliminated from the competition. Applicants who have failed the interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to re-apply. Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are suitable candidates for a place on the programme. Places are offered by the CAO based on the applicant’s order of preference.



In order to establish students’ fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are

required to complete a Student Fitness to Teach Form.



Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda vetting process.



MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, 5 First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on MIC Thurles programmes, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

Career Opportunities

This programme is accredited by the Teaching Council and has been developed in response to the growing need for excellence in teaching at post-primary level. The programme prepares graduates for their roles in all areas of professional life in education.

The following list demonstrates just some of the careers opportunities for graduates:

  • Post-primary teacher
  • Irish Language Media
  • Irish Language Promotion
  • Translation
  • Civil Service
  • Financial
  • Information Technology



Paula Hourigan, T: +353 504 20535/21201
E: paula.hourigan@mic.ul.ie


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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