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B Ed in Education and Psychology (MI008)

CAO Minimum Entry 2018: 552 points
Places Offered: Up to 30
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  • Programme Overview

    The B Ed in Education and Psychology is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8), which prepares graduates to be primary level teachers and gain a degree accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

    MIC student teacher in classroom

    Modules

    This programme, which is awarded by the University of Limerick and accredited by the Teaching Council and the Psychological Society of Ireland which leads to both an academic and a professional qualification. The programme would be particularly suitable for, though not confined to, students who might wish to undertake a postgraduate specialisation subsequently in the field of Educational Psychology.

    Education: The Education component of the course seeks to equip participants with the competence to teach all levels of primary school (4-12 year olds). Given the structure of primary school provision, the teacher is required to have a mastery and competence in all the curricular areas of the primary school, inclusive of Art, Drama, English, Gaeilge, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Social and Environmental Studies (which includes Geography, History and Science). The foundation studies, professional studies, the school placement and the subject disciplines are carefully planned in light of changing understandings of the nature of learning and the theory-practice relationship. There is an appropriate balance in the programme provision for these areas and their inter-relationship is made explicit.

    Psychology: Psychology is studied throughout the four years. Modules will include Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methodology, Personality & Individual Differences, Information Technology & Psychology, Biological Basis of Psychology, the Psychology of Special Educational Needs and Abnormal Psychology. Students are also required to undertake an undergraduate dissertation in Psychology in their final year.

    Gaeltacht Courses - Tréimhsí Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht

    All Bachelor of Education students are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht as part of the programme – 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. Students bear the cost of this compulsory course and the cost for 2017-2018 was €750 per placement. Each of these modules is graded with an examination in oral Irish. Students will 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 test is provided by the College. All 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, and students will spend approximately 24 weeks in primary 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 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.

    The two-week Professional Placement 4: Applied Placement provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of Psychology to an educational environment other than a mainstream Irish national school, and to bring psychological insights to the professional experience. In addition, a small number of online modules will take place in out-of-semester time during Years 1 and 2.

    Practical Experience
    Practical Experience
    Professional and applied placements a key part of the B Ed in Education and Psychology programme.

    Career Opportunities

    As the Education component of this programme retains all of the key elements of the main Bachelor of Education, graduates of this programme will be eligible to practise as primary school teachers in the normal way. Additionally, in view of their joint specialisation, graduates of this programme will have the option of pursuing postgraduate studies in Psychology.

    Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

    MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, three 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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    MIC Admissions Office

    T: +353 61 204929

    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.

    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
    Psychology of Learning and Development
    Professional Placement 1
    Introduction to Psychology
    Research 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
    Professional Placement 2
    Research Methodology 1
    Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1
    Social Psychology 1
    Semester 3 (Year 2) - Student as Teacher
    Language and Literacy 3
    An Ghaeilge agus Múineadh na Gaeilge 3
    STEM 4: Introduction to Mathematics and its Teaching 3
    Social Studies
    A Bio-Psychosocial Approach to Inclusive Education for Children with Special Education Needs
    Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 1
    Cognitive Psychology 1
    Semester 4 (Year 2) - Student as Teacher
    Language and Literacy 4
    The Creative Arts 2
    Social, Personal, Health, and Physical Education 2
    STEM 5: Pedagogy of Maths and Teaching and Learning with ICT
    Professional Placement 3
    Information Technology and Psychology
    Personality and Individual differences
    Semester 4a* - Student as Teacher
    Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
    Semester 5 (Year 3) - Student as Researcher
    STEM 6: Teaching Mathematics and Science
    Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Research and Pedagogy
    Psychological and Educational Assessment
    Creative Arts 3
    Christian Religious Education 1 or Religious Education in Multidenominational

    Schools 1

    Cognitive Psychology 2
    Social Psychology 2
    Semester 6 (Year 3) - Student as Researcher
    Schools and Society 2
    Language and Literacy 5
    Early Primary Education and Advanced Educational Methodology
    Christian Religious Education 2 or Religious Education in Multidenominational

    Schools 2

    Research Methodology 2
    Biological Basis of Psychology
    Design and Ethical Evaluation of Psychological Research
    Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2
    Semester 6a* - Student as Researcher
    Professional Placement 4: Applied Placement 
    Semester 7 (Year 4) - Student as Leader
    Professional Placement 5
    Professional Placement 6
    Portfolio
    Undergraduate Dissertation 1
    Semester 8 (Year 4) - Student as Leader
    Schools and Society 3
    Developmental Psychology 2
    Abnormal Psychology
    Advanced Issues in Educational Psychology
    Undergraduate Dissertation 2

     

    Entry Requirements

    School Leavers

    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.

    Language Waivers: Please contact the MIC Access Office for information on Language Exemptions; Access/Disability Officer Maura Moore is available on +353 61 204927 / Maura.Moore@mic.ul.ie. Deadlines apply.

    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.

    Mature Applicants

    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 receive an email from CAO with a link to a Mature Supplementary Form, which must be returned to the MIC Admissions Office by 3 April 2019. This form is here.

    Key 2019 CAO Dates for Mature Applicants

    • 5 November 2018: CAO online application facility opens
    • 20 January 2019: Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30
    • 1 February 2019: Normal closing date for applications

    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 2018 are here and the 2019 requirements will be on the website once the DES provide them to MIC.

    Academic Requirements

    Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 2019

    • 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 2017 & 2018

    • 3 H5 grades and 3 H7 or O6 grades
    • Irish - H5
    • English - H7 or O5
    • Maths - H7 or O6

    Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 1992-2016

    Grade HD1 on a higher level in not less than three subjects. Grade HE or OD3 in three other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level). Applicants must have obtained the following grades at minimum in subjects specified:

    • Irish - HD1
    • English - HE or OD1
    • Maths - HE or OD3

    Minimum Grades in Leaving Certificate Examination 1969-1992

    Grade C on a Higher Level paper in not less than three subjects. Grade D in three other subjects. Applicants must have obtained the following grades, at minimum, in subjects specified:

    • Irish - Grade C Higher Level
    • English - Grade D Higher Level or Grade C Ordinary Level
    • Maths - Grade D Higher or Ordinary Level

    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 MI005/MI006 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.

    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.

    Contact
    MIC Admissions Office
    +353 61 204929

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