Bachelor of Education – Primary Teaching (MI005/MI006)
Places Offered: Up to 405
The Bachelor of Education is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8) designed to qualify students to teach in primary schools. Accredited by the Teaching Council, it seeks to equip participants with the competence to teach at all levels of the primary school. Reflecting the College's well-established reputation for excellence in teacher education, this programme enables students to examine their role as a learner, a teacher, a researcher and a leader. It comprises of on-campus study and school placement, and also gives students the opportunity to specialise in specific areas in education or the liberal arts. Insightful and challenging, the B Ed programme will prepare you for a varied and rewarding career as an educator.
The B Ed programme blends subject-specific teaching methods with modules interrogating contemporary issues in education. Over four years, students take 55 modules—47 of which are pre-defined, common to all and form the core programme.
As the programme is designed to facilitate student choice in pursuing areas of personal interest, choosing the remaining eight modules from a broad selection. Three of these must be liberal arts modules and the final five modules chosen determine whether the student graduates with a Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Education with a Specialism (both pathways are of equal merit).
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 Bachelor of Education students must have completed the two Gaeltacht placements successfully before entering year four of the programme.
Professional Placement & Study Abroad
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.
Semester 5 of the B Ed programme offers students the opportunity to study abroad. Students are encouraged to spend this semester in another country so that they can experience and understand the education systems and policies of other countries and, in the case of placements in continental Europe, improve their foreign language skills. Among the many benefits of studying abroad are:
- Enriching a primary degree with a global perspective;
- Developing independent thinking and resilience; and
- A distinctive CV displaying adaptability, cultural awareness, and risk-taking, all essential attributes in today’s workplace.
Students can study abroad at one of MIC's partner universities, which is a safe and well-supported means of gaining valuable international experience. Financial assistance from the ERASMUS+ programme is currently available to students who study in an EU State. European study destinations for B Ed students currently include universities in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Study abroad opportunities at North American and Australian universities are also a very popular option. MIC has exchange partnerships with universities across the USA.
The Bachelor of Education Honours Degree is designed to qualify students to teach in primary school. This University of Limerick accredited degree is an internationally recognised qualification and was the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. The course promotes the personal and intellectual development of students, while providing the professional and academic foundation for a career in teaching.
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, 20 First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the Bachelor of Education programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.