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BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies (MI015)

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

Duration: 4 years full-time

Places Offered: 15 approx.

Location: MIC Thurles

Assessment:

Mixed but may include presentations, essays and exams.

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Programme Overview

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

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Why study on this programme?

Graduates of the programme will:

  • Demonstrate subject knowledge, knowledge of curriculum content and process, 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 his/her 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, Research Skills & 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 Home Economics and Business Studies. These are taken concurrently with education modules, which include theoretical, pedagogical and professional studies along with a number of school placement experiences.

As part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake studies in research and research methods. They will also engage in a range of activities associated with wellbeing including social, personal and health education.

Opportunities to travel to, for example, the USA and Japan for short-stay school placements are available in Year 3 and more countries are being accessed of late. Semester 6 offers opportunities to study abroad including Australia and a range of other locations. 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. All placements are supported by college personnel. 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 that the 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 tutors and co-operating teachers (treoraithe) to ensure that her/his practice is reflective of professional knowledge and her/his 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 usually attends to Junior Cycle level and/or Transition Year level. Students may also be placed in pairs on this placement, facilitating team teaching with one another as well as with established teachers.

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.

Career Opportunities

The programme prepares graduates for their roles in all areas of professional life in education. While teaching is the main focus, the following list demonstrates just some of the alternative careers our graduates may wish to pursue:

  • Agri-business
  • Educational Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food and fashion industry
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and PR
  • Retail Management
  • Mentoring, Training and Development
     

Please note: The BA in Education, Home Economics and Business Studies is subject to Teaching Council Accreditation. The process, leading to the programme’s accreditation, will be undertaken in the Spring of 2023 when all MIC education programmes come under scheduled review by the Teaching Council in light of the new Standards in Initial Teacher Education (CÉIM).

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
Graduates can pursue careers in areas as diverse as agri-business, marketing & PR, and teaching.

Contact

MIC Thurles

T: +353 504 20535 / 21201

E: Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie

Programme Content

Semester 1 (Year 1)
Becoming a Student Teacher
Food Science, Sustainability and Culinary Skills I
Family and Society
Two of the following modules will be offered:
Management Principles
Introduction to Business Mathematics
Marketing
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
Textiles Science, Sustainability and Textile Skills
One of the following modules will be offered: (excluding the modules already offered)
Management Principles
Introduction to Business Mathematics
Marketing
Semester 3 (Year 2)
Teaching and Learning 2 - Planning for Differentiation
Teaching Home Economics and Business Studies 1
Food Science, Resource Management and Culinary Skills II
Business Studies Accounting
One of the following modules will be offered:
Legal Environment of Business
Economics
Semester 4 (Year 2)
Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives
School Placement 1
Home, Family and Society - Leadership, Management & Sustainability 1
One of the following modules will be offered: (excluding the modules already offered)
Legal Environment of Business
Economics
Semester 5 (Year 3)
Curriculum Studies and Assessment for and of Learning
Diversity in Education - Ethics, Interculturalism and Inclusive Classrooms
Textile Science, Fashion and Design
Two of the following modules will be offered:
Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
Business Information Systems
Organisational Behaviour
Ireland and the Global Economy
Semester 6 (Year 3)
Research Methods - Ethical Foundations for Teaching and Research
School Placement 2
Home, Family and Society (Leadership, Management & Sustainability) II
Food Technology and Culinary Skills
One of the following modules will be offered: (excluding the modules already offered)
Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Creation
Business Information Systems
Organisational Behaviour
Ireland and the Global Economy
Semester 7 (Year 4)
Policy and Leadership in Education
Research Project 1
Teaching Home Economics and Business Studies 2
Strategic Management
Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise in Food Studies
Home Economics Specialism
Semester 8 (Year 4)
School Placement 3
E-Portfolio
Research Project 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, including English and Mathematics (Higher or Ordinary Level)

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

  • Home Economics H5

Or

  • Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chemistry/Physics, Agri-Science)

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 MI015 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.

For details of Uversity Scholarships for Mature Applicants click here. Applications can be submitted from 1 February 2023 to 24 March 2023.

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.

The programme seeks to attract a diverse range of students and a 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.

QQI Entry Requirements to MI005 for the Academic Year 2023/24

Level 5
Accepted Major Awards:
Any major award
Essential Component Awards:
Within the context of the named major QQI level 5 qualification awards, students must possess distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 5 modules.
Level 6
Accepted Major Awards:
Any major award
Essential Component Awards:
Within the context of the named major QQI level 6 qualification awards, students must possess distinctions (i.e. 80% or greater) in 4 modules.
Additional Requirements: H7/O6 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent e.g. 5N2066 (Statistics) or 5N1833 (Mathematics)

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