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Master of Education (M Ed)

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  • Programme Overview

    The Master of Education (M Ed) programme is designed for all those interested in enhancing their professional knowledge, understandings and skills. The course, which can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis, covers theories, principles and practices in contemporary educational settings.

    Key Features

    The objectives of the programme are:

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

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

    Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops and presentations, visiting speakers and supervised research. Modules are assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-term assessment. The programme includes innovative techniques for mapping the research process; these techniques are folded into the modes of assessment. A cumulative grade point average system is used to recognise and reward work throughout the programme. The programme is predominantly delivered face-to-face with some lectures conducted online. Each module is strongly supported by an extremely active virtual learning environment.

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      An Dr T.J. Ó Ceallaigh, Programme Coordinator

      Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies in Education

      T: +353 61 204325

      E: tj.oceallaigh@mic.ul.ie

      Programme Content

      Academic Programme Structure:

      • Principles and Practice of Research in Education
      • Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design
      • Theory and Practice in Education
      • Curriculum design, Development and Evaluation
      • National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education
      • Research and Practice Portfolio

      Participants will also complete:

      • 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.
      • A Dissertation of 20,000 words.

      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.

      Full-time Structure

      Semester 1
      Theory and Practice in Education
      Applied Research Project
      Principles and Practice of Research in Education
      Ensuring Criticality and Reflexivity in Educational Research Design
      Semester 2
      Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation
      National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education
      Dissertation 1
      Research and Practice Portfolio
      Summer
      Dissertation 2

      Part-time Structure

      Semester 1 (Year 1)
      Theory and Practice in Education
      Applied Research Project
      Ensuring Critically and Reflexivity in Education Research Design
      Semester 2 (Year 1)
      Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation
      National and International Trends and Current Issues in Education
      Research and Practice Portfolio
      Semester 3 (Year 2)
      Principles and Practice of Research in Education
      Dissertation 1
      Semester 4 (Year 2)
      Dissertation 2

       

      Entry Requirements

      • Applicants will be considered for direct entry into the M Ed 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 Coordinator.
      • 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.

      English Language Requirements

      Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

      How to Apply

      Applications for September 2021 entry are now open.  Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st May 2021.

      Fees: Click here.

      Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex hereand return the completed application form by email to: TaughtProgrammes@mic.ul.ie

      See procedures for EU and Non-EU applications below.

      EU/Non-EU Status Assessments

      The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for EU fees, for example. 

      To determine status, EU/Non-EU Status Assessments are conducted in MIC by the International Office.

      More information here.

      EU Applicants

      Download and complete the application form here.

      Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex hereand return the completed application form by email to: TaughtProgrammes@mic.ul.ie

      Please Note: In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of your IELTS results (or equivalent) is required also.

      Non-EU Applicants

      You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204988 /+353 61 774790.

      Please click on the link to complete your application through PAC.

      Please note the following:

      • You will be required to upload your university transcripts
      • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IELTS is also required
      • The  application fee is €50 and is non-refundable
      Contact
      Programme Coordinator
      An Dr T.J. Ó Ceallaigh
      +353 61 204325

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    • Programme Overview
    • Programme Content
    • Entry Requirements
    • How to Apply
    • Ask a Question