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BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (MI010)

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

CAO Points 2021: 370

Duration : 4 years full-time

Places Offered: 150 approx.

Location: MIC Thurles

Lecture Hours: 10 approx.

Tutorial Hours: 5 approx.

Assessment:

Mixed but may include presentations, essays and exams.

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  • Programme Overview

    The BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies programme (post-primary) is a four-year, full-time, undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree (Level 8), currently offered at MIC Thurles. Graduates are qualified to teach Business Studies and Religious Studies to honours Leaving Certificate level.

    BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies, MIC Thurles

    Why study on this programme?

    Graduates of the programme will:

    • Demonstrate subject knowledge, curriculum process and content, and professional knowledge
    • Engage in critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation
    • Engage in planning, teaching, learning, assessment, classroom management and organisation for the classroom and the school as a learning organisation
    • Articulate a commitment to and vision for the development of the uniqueness of the pupil in all its dimensions
    • Integrate and apply knowledge skills, attitudes and values in complex and unpredictable educational settings
    • Exhibit strong interpersonal skill and a readiness to be leaders and innovators of curriculum change
    • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development and actively participate in professional learning communities

    Modules, Dissertation & Study Abroad

    Students are educated in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Business Studies and Religious Studies. These are taken concurrently with education modules which include theoretical, pedagogical and professional studies along with a number of school placement experiences.

    This programme places great emphasis on teaching and research and as part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake an Undergraduate Dissertation. The Dissertation can be in either Education or a Subject discipline. Students begin the preparation for the dissertation in Year 3 where they undertake their research methods module.

    Study Abroad Options

    Opportunities to travel to the USA and Japan for short-stay school placements are available in Year 3. Semester 6 offers opportunities to study abroad including Australia. Our relationships with post-primary schools in Australia also extend to being placed in these schools in the summer of Year 4.

    School Placement

    The School Placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements, and students will spend approximately 23 weeks in 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 experience class levels from junior to senior cycle within a range of school types, and where student is guided and empowered along his/her learning-to-teach journey. The level and range of teaching and learning activities increases from School Placement 1 to School Placement 3 and the student is assisted by the placement tutors and cooperating teachers (treoraithe) to ensure that his/her practice is reflective of professional knowledge and his/her own personal commitment to the pupils’ wellbeing and learning. There is an integrated focus on subject knowledge and also inclusion and differentiation for each placement. Placements occur at four points in the programme:

    • Teaching and Learning 1 - Year 1, Semester 2: Students are given the opportunity to observe teaching in practice for one week in a senior primary classroom. This observation placement provides an opportunity for students to gain an insight into the interconnection between primary and post-primary education. The placement inducts student teachers into the practice of teaching and reflection.
    • School Placement 1 -Year 2, Semester 4: The focus for this six-week School Placement is on lesson planning and preparation, scheme planning and developing effective teaching strategies in their subject areas. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of critical and reflective practice, and on developing an understanding of schools as organisations. Both observation and teaching elements are integrated into this placement which is located at Junior Cycle level and /or Transition Year level. This School Placement marks the beginning of their Professional Portfolio, to be completed on an on-going basis throughout the remainder of the degree programme.
    • School Placement 2 - Year 3, Semester 6: In this two week placement, students will work in special settings including the possibility of an international placement. The purpose of this placement is to support the student in becoming an inclusive teacher and to develop their confidence and competence in responding to diverse needs in the classroom.
    • School Placement 3  - Year 4, Semester 8: School Placement 3  will run  over 14 weeks.  In School Placement 3, the student teachers will plan, prepare and implement schemes of work and lesson plans in their subject areas at Junior and Senior Cycle level. There will be a strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout these modules.
    Practical Experience
    Practical Experience
    The programme puts a strong emphasis on practice, as well as academic endeavour.

    Career Opportunities

    This programme is accredited by the Teaching Council and has been developed in response to the growing need for excellence in teaching at post-primary level. The programme prepares graduates for their roles in all areas of professional life in education.

    The following list demonstrates just some of the careers our graduates have pursued:

    • Post-primary teacher
    • Retail Management
    • Banking
    • Marketing and PR
    • Human Resource Management
    • Training and Development
    • Educational Management
    • Sales
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Administrative positions in faith-based organisations
    • Parish and diocesan pastoral assistants and administrators

    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 MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles programmes, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

    Contact

    MIC Thurles

    T: +353 504 20535 / 21201

    E: Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    Becoming a Student Teacher
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Management Principles
    Introduction to Business Mathematics
    Marketing
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Religion and World Religions
    Introduction to Systematic Theology
    Theology of the First Testament
    Semester 2 (Year 1)
    Teaching and learning 1 - Planning to Teach 
    Understanding Contemporary Schools and Society
    Adolescent Development - Understanding Young People and How They Learn
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Management Principles
    Introduction to Business Mathematics
    Marketing
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Religion and World Religions
    Introduction to Systematic Theology
    Theology of the First Testament
    Semester 3 (Year 2)
    Teaching and Learning 2 -Planning for Differentiation
    Teaching Business and Religious Studies 1
    Business Studies Accounting
    One of the following modules will be offered:
    Legal Environment of Business
    Economics
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Theology of the Second Testament
    Christology
    Fundamental Moral Theology
    Semester 4 (Year 2)
    Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives
    School Placement 1
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Legal Environment of Business
    Economics
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Theology of the Second Testament
    Christology
    Fundamental Moral Theology
    Semester 5 (Year 3)
    Curriculum Studies; Assessment for and of Learning
    Diversity in Education - Ethics, Interculturalism and Inclusive Classrooms
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Organisational Behaviour
    Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
    Business Information Systems
    Ireland and Global Economy
    One of the following modules will be offered:
    Approaches to God
    Foundations and Approaches to Religious Education/The Christian Church
    Ritual and Sacrament
    Semester 6 (Year 3)
    Research Methods - Ethical Foundations for Teaching and Research
    School Placement 2
    Two of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Organisational Behaviour
    Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
    Business Information Systems
    Ireland and Global Economy
    Two of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered):
    Approaches to God
    Foundations and Approaches to Religious Education/The Christian Church
    Ritual and Sacrament
    Semester 7 (Year 4)
    Policy and Leadership in Education
    Dissertation 1
    Teaching Business Studies and Religious Studies 2
    Strategic Management
    Selected Topics in Applied Moral Theology
    Semester 8 (Year 4)
    School Placement 3
    E-Portfolio
    Dissertation 2
     

     

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have obtained the following minimum grades in the Leaving Certificate examination:

    • Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in not less than two subjects
    • Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)

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

    • Mathematics - O6/H7
    • English - O6/H7

    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 Applicants

    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

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda vetting process.

    If you are at least 23 years old on 1 January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature applicant. All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI010 and are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited to attend for an interview. Candidates are awarded a grade for their performance at the interview. Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers may be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit. Applicants who get a ‘fail’ grade in the interview will be eliminated from the competition.

    Applicants who have failed the interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to re-apply. Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are suitable candidates for a place on the programme. Places are offered by the CAO based on the applicant’s order of preference.

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

    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

    Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda vetting process.

    A limited number of places per year will be awarded to applicants through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), which gives learners the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 major award to apply, through the CAO, for a place on a higher education programme.

    Entry requirements vary for each degree programme.

    Please see the Quick Guide on Further Education Entry Routes to MIC for more information on the entry requirements for each of MIC’s programmes.

    For further information about this programme and applying as an international applicant, click here; for International Fees, click here. 

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204328 / +353 61 774790. 

    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.

    Contact
    MIC Thurles
    +353 504 20535 / 21201

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • Ask a Question