Students on the B Ed, B Ed in Education and Psychology and the postgraduate Professional Master in Education, spend time in schools on each year of their programme. In accordance with Teaching Council requirements, undergraduate students spend approximately 30 weeks in schools and postgraduate students spend approximately 24 weeks in schools.
Throughout their programme students have the opportunity to teach at all class band levels, teach in schools under different patronage and to teach in lán-Ghaeilge settings. Placements are sourced by the College and by students themselves. The College is indebted to the hundreds of schools and over 2,000 co-operating teachers who facilitate our students each year.
School Placement, as defined by the Teaching Council, “is designed to give the student teacher an opportunity to learn about teaching and learning, to gain practice in teaching, to apply educational theory in a variety of teaching and learning situations and school contexts and to participate in school life in a way that is structured and supported”.
In keeping with this perspective, over the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to become involved in many aspects of school life, including responsibility for class teaching, participating in team-teaching and special education, leading curriculum projects and becoming involved in extra-curriculum activities. Teaching is a collaborative and knowledge-based endeavour and for MIC students, school placement is an opportunity to learn how to teach and to learn about teaching.
The College and school learning experiences are complementary of each other and are conducted in a spirit of partnership between the College and participating schools.
Placements are coordinated through the online portal, Teacher, University and School School Placement System- TUS.
An overview of all School Placements on the Bachelor of Education (B Ed) and the B Ed in Education & Psychology programme can be found in the schedule below.
- Please refer to School Placement Year Information Sheet here for details.
- Year 1 students will undertake School Placement 1 and School Placement 2 this year.
- Placement 1 is College-based. Lectures address protocols for classroom observations, professionalism on placement, engaging with school and college personnel while on placement and reflective practice.
- Placement 2 occurs on Mondays in February and for a two week block in March. Students teach a range of curriculum areas.
- Schools: If you would like to host students for School Placement 1 and 2, please contact Joanne Keane in the MIC Education Office on +353 61 204532.
- Please refer to School Placement Year 2 Information Sheet here for details.
- Year 2 students will undertake School Placement 3 this year.
- Placement 3 is a six-week placement that will take place in April and May. The student is based in a school of his/her choice and in a class between Third and Sixth. The placement combines whole-class teaching of the selected class for three weeks as well as structured participation in school-wide teaching and learning initiative.
- Please refer to School Placement Year 4 Information Sheet here for details.
- Year 4 students will undertake the Extended Placement.
- Students are based in one school from September to November and participate in school-wide teaching and learning initiatives, as well as teaching.
- Schools: If you have queries in relation to this placement, please contact Joanne Keane in the MIC Education Office on +353 61 204532.
An overview of all School Placements on the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme can be found in the schedule below.
- Please refer to School Placement PME Year 1 Information Sheet here for details.
- Year 1 students will undertake School Placement 1 and School Placement 2.
- Placement 1 occurs in a middle class from First to Fourth class in November and December. This is a partnered placement.
- Placement 2 occurs in a class level between Third Class and Sixth Class in April and May. This is a non-partnered placement.
- Schools: If you have queries in relation to either placement, please contact Joanne Keane in the MIC Education Office on +353 61 204532.
- Please refer to School Placement PME Year 2 Information Sheet here for details.
- Year 2 students are based in one school from January to April participate in school-wide teaching and learning initiatives, as well as teaching.
- Schools: If you have queries in relation to PME School Placement, please contact Joanne Keane in the MIC Education Office on +353 61 204532.
Information for Schools
If you are considering taking on students for the 2022/2023 Academic Year in your school, the following information at the links below may be of benefit to you:
- The Placement Schedule for 2022/2023 is available here / Tá Sceideal Shocrúchán Scoile 2022/2023 ar fáil anseo. Please note that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the schedule may be subject to review in line with government guidance.
- For an overview of the Professional Placements on our four-year programmes please click here / Tá léargas ar Shocrúchán Scoile na B Oid ar fáil anseo.
Teaching Council Links
- Teaching Council Website
- Guidelines on School Placement, Revised Edition, 2021
- Report and Action Plan of the School Placement Working Group
- Guidance Note for School Placement 2021/2022
- School Placement Innovation Report
- Information for Schools
- Information for Co-operating Teachers