School of Education (Post-Primary)
The School of Education (Post-Primary) at MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles provides five concurrent teacher education programmes in the following subject areas: Gaeilge, Mathematics, Business Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, and Accounting. A concurrent teacher education programme includes the study of the subject components and the education components in each year of the programme. Graduates of the programmes are fully qualified post-primary teachers. The School focuses on the professional and personal development of the students. Small class sizes are among the many benefits of studying here.
Message from Head of School, Dr Finn Ó Murchú
Fáílte and welcome to MIC Thurles and our exciting post-primary teacher preparation programmes. If you are interested in making a difference to young peoples’ lives by being a post-primary teacher and you have a passion for learning and for some of the subjects we offer then maybe MIC Thurles is the place for you. Here’s some of what we have to offer.
Our five programmes are taught by a committed team of lecturers who are dedicated to preparing you, the next generation of teachers, across a four-year programme. This means that from the moment you join us you are learning both how to teach as well as what to teach from a combination of subjects which include Accounting, Business Studies, Gaeilge, Mathematics and Theology and Religious Studies. It also means that you graduate with both a BA and a professional teaching qualification recognised by the Teaching Council. In addition, should you wish to pursue further studies, MIC has a range of options that can suit your interests and lifestyle.
We pride ourselves on supporting our students to be the teacher they want to be while also challenging them to be the teacher they need to be. This forms a central feature of our programme so as to enhance the learning and life chances of all learners in all our schools. We focus on your personal (you) and professional (you as teacher) development throughout as well as paying close attention to learning about the interplay between teaching, learning and assessment.
As a learning organisation we strive to be lifelong learners ourselves and we work closely with colleagues on campus and with cooperating schools to ensure our programmes are robust and relevant. We ensure supported school placement each year culminating with a 12 week extended placement in your final year. To ensure our graduates are inclusive teachers, our placement is undertaken strategically in both mainstream schools and in special settings. We offer scholarships to our students, as well as fully funded international study visits opportunities in Year 3 and Year 4
From the moment you join us at MIC Thurles, you are learning both how to teach as well as what to teach from a combination of subjects. It also means that you graduate with both a BA and a professional teaching qualification recognised by the Teaching Council.
Thurles Campus Office
The MIC, St Patrick’s Campus office deals with the day-to-day running of the Thurles Campus.
The office acts as a support for students and staff on campus as well as a link point to the main administrative functions based in the MIC Limerick campus.
The remit of the office is wide and includes everything from on-campus accommodation to support for student engagement to buildings maintenance and finance.