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B Ed in Education and Psychology (MI008)

Note: The 'At a Glance' section below is indicative only. Hours and assessment methods vary across semesters, years and subjects.

CAO Points 2021: 590

Duration : 4 years full-time

Places Offered: 33 approx.

Location: MIC Limerick

Lecture Hours: 19 approx.

Tutorial Hours: 4 approx.

Assessment:

Mixed but may include presentations, portfolios, exams, group-work, poster presentations, roundtable discussions, case studies, lesson plans, objective tests, problem-based learning and essays.

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  • Programme Overview

    The B Ed in Education and Psychology is a unique four-year, full-time, double-honours (level 8) degree programme in Education and Psychology. The programme prepares graduates to be primary teachers, as accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and obtain a degree in Psychology, as accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

    MIC student teacher in classroom

    Modules

    This programme is awarded by the University of Limerick and accredited by the Teaching Council and the Psychological Society of Ireland. The programme leads to a professional qualification in primary school teaching and a Level 8 academic qualification in Psychology. The programme is particularly suitable for, although not confined to, students who may wish to undertake a postgraduate specialisation subsequently in the field of Educational Psychology. Nonetheless, programme graduates have the option of undertaking postgraduate studies in any field of Psychology and/or Education. Notably, the complimentary nature of Education and Psychology degrees within the programme adds to the quality of the programme and the excellence of its students and graduates. 

    Education: The Education component of the programme equips participants with the competence to teach all levels within the primary school context (4-12 year olds). Given the structure of primary school provision, the teacher is required to have a mastery and competence in all curricular areas of the primary school. Students engage in on-campus study in the areas of foundation studies, professional studies and the subject disciplines, alongside School Placement. The programme is carefully planned with a strong focus on the relationship between theory and practice. Reflecting the College's well-established reputation for excellence in teacher education, the Education component of the programme enables students to examine their role as a learner, a teacher, a researcher and a leader.

    Psychology: Psychology is studied throughout the four years of the programme. Key areas of study include an Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methodology, Personality & Individual Differences, Information Technology in Psychology, the Biological Basis of Psychology, Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour, the Psychology of Special Educational Needs, Psychological & Educational Assessment and Advanced Issues in Educational Psychology. Students also select one elective in their final semester of the programme from a range of modules.

    As part of the final year, students are required to undertake an undergraduate dissertation in Psychology. This independent research project typically involves an applied piece of research in Psychology, where students collect and analyse original empirical data. Students are encouraged to select a novel research question that is situated in contemporary psychological discourse. Following completion and write-up of the UGD, students present their research at ‘PsychFest’, an MIC-hosted psychology undergraduate research colloquium. Thereafter, MIC students are actively encouraged to disseminate their research beyond MIC at regional, national, and international events, as well as in publication format. For further information on the success of students and graduates of the B.Ed in Education and Psychology Programme, click on this link.  

    Gaeltacht Courses - Tréimhsí Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht

    All Bachelor of Education students, including those on the Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology Programme, are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht as part of their studies – Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 agus 2. Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 is taken in Year 1 of the programme and Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2 in Year 3. Each placement lasts two weeks.

    This placement is funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Each of these modules is graded with an examination in oral Irish. Students take an examination in oral Irish after completing the first placement at the end of their first year of initial teacher education. Students must pass this examination in order to continue to the second year of the programme. A repeat of the examination in oral Irish is provided by the College. All Bachelor of Education students must have completed the two Gaeltacht placements successfully before entering year four of the programme.

    Professional & Applied Placements

    The professional placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements. Accordingly, students spend approximately 24 weeks in primary schools over the course of the programme. This period allows 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 to experience all class levels and a range of school types, and the student is guided and empowered along his/her learning-to-teach journey.

    In Year 3, students undertake a two-week alternate placement entitled, Professional Placement 4: Applied Placement. The setting must be an education environment other than a mainstream Irish national school and must be approved by a Steering Committee of the Faculty of Education. The setting must also have an applied psychology focus, where students extend their experience and appreciation of the variety of needs and provision within the field of education. Potential settings for the placement include, but are not limited to, special schools, special language units, special classes, early childhood settings and/or diverse social and cultural settings. Similarly, students may engage in ‘children at risk’ programmes, teach children in travelling communities or engage in a comparative study, school placement or educational experience abroad. Students are required to reflect on their learning over the period through a psychological lens, with reference to relevant research and literature from educational psychology.

    Practical Experience
    Practical Experience
    Professional and applied placements, a key part of the B Ed in Education and Psychology programme.
    Mairead Fallon B Ed in Education & Psychology student
    B Ed in Education and Psychology
    Watch B Ed Psych student, Mairéad Fallon, speak about the studying on this programme

    Student Testimonials

    Brian O’Neill, B Ed in Education and Psychology

    Beginning my journey at MIC, I was set on a teaching career with the added bonus of Psychology to bolster this vocation. Although solidifying my passion for teaching with a range of practical and taught modules, the multiple Psychology disciplines covered has allowed me to think beyond the teaching profession.

    The small numbers and supportive close-knit community on the programme has enabled me to develop strong relationships with lecturers. This created a personally tailored and highly supportive environment, which is unique at third-level.

    Furthermore, the advantage of the small programme numbers extends into the close relationships that I formed with like-minded classmates. Such relationships enhanced both my academic work and student life.

    Career Opportunities

    As the Education component of this programme retains all the key elements of the main Bachelor of Education, programme graduates are eligible to practice as primary school teachers. Additionally, in view of students' joint specialisation, graduates have the option of pursuing postgraduate studies in any field of Psychology. Graduates can also choose to undertake postgraduate studies in Education, as well as fields of research and study that combine both Education and Psychology.

    From an education viewpoint, previous pathways adopted by programme graduates include teaching positions in primary and special schools. Graduates have also pursued postgraduate studies in education, resulting in leadership roles within schools and education bodies such as the Professional Development Service for Teachers and the National Council for Special Education Support Service.

    In relation to Psychology, graduates have engaged in a range of postgraduate studies at Certificate, Diploma, Masters and Doctoral/PhD levels. Fields of study include Educational and Child Psychology, Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Neuropsychology, to name but a few. This has led to a range of roles for graduates in professional practice, research, education and academia. Some graduates have also pursued complimentary fields of study, such as Play Therapy.

    Notably, many graduates of the B Ed in Education and Psychology programme often return to MIC to engage in studies on the Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) programme. For further information on this postgraduate programme, including programme content and entry requirements, read more here

    Achievements of students and graduates of the B Ed in Education and Psychology programme

    The B.Ed in Education and Psychology programme prides itself on standards of excellence across teaching, learning and research. In this regard, numerous students and graduates of the programme have been recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for the high calibre of their academic and research skills. The B Ed in Education and Psychology programme prides itself on standards of excellence across teaching, learning and research. In this regard, numerous students and graduates of the programme have been recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for the high calibre of their academic and research skills. For more information click on this link.

    Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

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

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    E: Admissions@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    Structure

    Throughout the four-year programme, students will gain experience in multiple roles as Learner, Teacher, Researcher and Leader.  This is complemented by Psychology modules, commencing in Year 1.

    Semester 1 (Year 1) - Student as Learner
    Language and Literacy 1
    An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 1
    STEM 1: Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching
    Schools and Society 1:Developing criticality around recent and contemporary issues. 
    Professional Placement 1
    Psychology of Learning and Development
    Introduction to Psychology
    Research, Design and Methodology 1
    Semester 2 (Year 1) - Student as Learner
    Language and Literacy 2
    An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 2
    STEM 2: Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 2
    STEM 3: Introduction to Science
    Ethics, Religions and Beliefs
    Understanding the Child as Learner
    Introduction to the Creative Arts 1
    Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1
    Understanding the child as Learner
    Professional Placement 2
    Social Psychology 1
    Semester 3 (Year 2) - Student as Teacher
    Language and Literacy 3
    STEM 4: Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 3
    Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 1
    Social Studies
    A Bio-Psychosocial Approach to Inclusive Education for Children with Special Education Needs
    Cognitive Psychology 1
    An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 3
    Students may opt to take one of the following:
    Christian Religious Education 1
    Religious Education in Multi-denominational Schools

     

    Semester 4 (Year 2) - Student as Teacher
    Language and Literacy 4
    Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 2
    The Creative Arts 2
    STEM 5: Pedagogy of Maths and Teaching and Learning with ICT
    Professional Placement 3
    Personality and Individual differences
    Information Technology and Psychology

     

    Students may opt to take one of the following:
    Christian Religious Education 2
    Religious Education in Multi-denominational Schools 2
    Semester 4a* - Student as Teacher
    Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
    Semester 5 (Year 3) - Student as Researcher
    STEM 6: Teaching Mathematics and Science
    Creative Arts 3
    Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Research and Pedagogy
    Psychological and Educational Assessment
    Christian Religious Education 1 or Religious Education in Multi-denominational

    Schools 1

    Cognitive Psychology 2
    Social Psychology 2
    Semester 6 (Year 3) - Student as Researcher
    Schools and Society 2: Philosophical, Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Education
    Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2
    Language and Literacy 5
    Early Primary Education 
    Design and Ethical Evaluation of Psychological Research
    Biological Basis of Psychology
    Research Methodology 2
    Christian Religious Education 2 or Religious Education in Multi-denominational

    Schools 2

    Semester 6a* - Student as Researcher
    Professional Placement 4: Applied Placement 
    Semester 7 (Year 4) - Student as Leader
    Portfolio
    Professional Placement 5
    Professional Placement 6
    Undergraduate Dissertation in Psychology  1
    Semester 8 (Year 4) - Student as Leader
    Schools and Society 3: Philosophical, Sociological and Historical Perspectives
    Policy and Leadership in Education
    Undergraduate Dissertation in Psychology 2
    Advanced Issues in Educational Psychology
    Developmental Psychology 2
    Students choose from one of the following:
    Health Psychology
    Controversies in Psychology
    The Psychology of Motivation
    Organisational Psychology
    Forensic Psychology
    Abnormal Psychology

     

    Entry Requirements

    The Department of Education and Skills Minimum Entry Requirements for 2022 CAO Applicants are available here

     

    Applicants must be at least 16 years old on 15 January of the year of entry.

    Applicants must have obtained the following minimum grades at a single sitting of the examination:

    • Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in at least three subjects
    • Grade O6/H7 in three other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)

    Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at minimum, in the following subjects:

    • Gaeilge - Grade H4
    • Mathematics - O4 or H7
    • English - O4 or H7

    Foundation Level Mathematics does not satisfy the entry requirement in Mathematics.

    Note: Minimum grades required in Gaeilge, English and Mathematics can be obtained at different sittings of the Leaving Certificate Examination(s). The requirement to achieve a minimum of Grade H5 in three Higher Level papers and Grade O6/H7 in three other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level) must be obtained in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination.

    Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

    Link modules will be accepted for points purposes but they will not qualify as a subject for matriculation purposes.

    GCE/GCSE 

    For further information about minimum grades and entry requirements, please contact the MIC Admissions Office at E: Admissions@mic.ul.ie

    Student Fitness to Teach Form

    In order to establish students' fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Fitness to Teach Form.

    Garda Vetting /Criminal Records Bureau Check (for UK students)

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda Vetting/CRB checking process.

    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. 

    Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI008 must apply for entry through CAO www.cao.ie. The closing date each year is 1 February and applications will not be accepted after this date.

    While 1 February is the deadline through CAO for completed applications, programme choices may be amended up until 1 March.

    In March, those mature applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be sent an email (to the email account registered to their CAO account), with instructions for completing and submitting a supplementary form, which must be returned to the MIC Admissions Office.  The link to the PDF version of the form is here  and the form must be emailed to admissions@mic.ul.ie The closing date for receipt of the supplementary form is Thursday, 31 March 2022.  We can only accept your application by email, as staff are working remotely.

    In addition to applying through CAO, mature applicants are also requested to complete a Personal Statement and email directly to the Admissions Office. 

    The CAO has a video guide for Mature Applicants wishing to apply, and it can be accessed here.

    The Department of Education and Skills Minimum Entry Requirements for 2022 are here.

     

    Academic Requirements

    Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 2021

    • Grade H4 on a Higher Level paper in Irish, and Grade H5 in two other subjects. 
    • English - H7 or O4
    • Maths - H7 or O4
    • One H7 or O6 grade in another subject

    Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 1992-2016

    Grade HC2 grade in Irish and  2 HD1 grades in two other subjects. Applicants must have obtained the following grades at minimum in subjects specified:

    • Irish - HC2
    • English - HE or OC2
    • Maths - HE or OC2

    Accepted Examination Alternatives

    There are a number of acceptable alternatives to Leaving Cert Irish English and Maths, and these are listed on the Department of Education and Skills Minimum Entry Requirements each year.

    Combination of Leaving Certificate Examination Grades

    Mature applicants for MI008 who wish to be considered on the grounds of age, and wish to attend for Interview and Oral Irish test, may combine results obtained at the Leaving Certificate Examination in different years for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements.

    Interview and Oral Irish Test

    All mature applicants who make an application to MIC through the CAO for MI008 and, are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited for an interview and an Oral Irish test.  Candidates are awarded a mark for their performance at the interview and an additional mark for the Oral Irish test.  The combined score determines the candidate’s place on the order of merit list.  Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers will be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit. Applicants who get a fail in either the interview or Oral Irish test will be eliminated from the competition. Applicants who fail the interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to reapply.

    Interview Marking Sheet click here

    Oral Irish Marking Sheet click here

    Details of Uversity Scholarships for Mature Applicants click here. Applications will open on 1 February 2022.

    Offer of Place

    Mature applicants who have completed an Interview and Oral Irish test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place, and all places will be offered by the CAO.

    Student Fitness to Teach Form

    In order to establish students’ fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Fitness to Teach Form.

    Garda Vetting /Criminal Records Bureau Check (for UK students)

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda Vetting/CRB checking process.

    Fees & Grants

    Fees

    Tuition fees may be paid in respect of full-time undergraduate students undertaking approved courses in eligible institutions. Details of the Free Fees criteria are listed here.

    If you do not qualify for free fees, undergraduate tuition fees and other charges may apply. See Undergraduate Fees here.

    Grants

    Students apply for a grant through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) and if they meet certain criteria, they may be eligible for full or partial financial support.

    Before applying at www.susi.ie, please review the criteria carefully.

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