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BA in Education, Mathematics & Business Studies (International)

This degree is level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by University of Limerick.
This programme page is for International Students only. Information for CAO applicants has a separate page labelled with a CAO code.
Places Offered: Up to 30
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  • Programme Overview

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

    MIC students talking in a corridor in MIC Thurles

    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; and
    • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development and actively participate in professional learning communities.

    Modules, Study Abroad & Dissertation

    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 Mathematics 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.

    Opportunities to travel to the USA and Japan for short-stay school placements are available in Year 3. While arrangements to engage in teaching in Australia are available in the summer of Year 4.

    As part of their development as research-active teachers, students undertake an Undergraduate Dissertation. Students begin the preparation for the Dissertation in Year 3 where they undertake their Research Methods module.

    School Placement

    The school placement element of the programme is designed to meet the Teaching Council’s requirements, and students will spend approximately 21 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 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 12 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.

    School Placement
    School Placement
    Students will develop their confidence and competence in authentic classroom situations

    Career Opportunities

    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


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    T: +353 504 20535 / 21201



    Admissions Enquiries:

    EU Applicants:

    Non EU Applicants:

    Programme Content

    Semester 1 (Year 1)
    Becoming a Student Teacher
    Elementary Number Theory
    Calculus 1: Differentiation
    Two of the following modules will be offered:
    Management Principles 
    Introduction to Business Mathematics
    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
    Introduction to Geometry
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the modules already offered): 
    Management Principles 
    Introduction to Business Mathematics
    Semester 3 (Year 2)
    Teaching and Learning 2 - Planning for Differentiation
    Teaching Mathematics and Business Studies 1 
    Linear Algebra
    Business Studies Accounting
    One of the following modules will be offered:
    Legal Environment of Business
    Semester 4 (Year 2)
    Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives
    School Placement 1
    Calculus 2: Integration
    One of the following modules will be offered (excluding the module already offered): 
    Legal Environment of Business
    Semester 5 (Year 3)
    Curriculum Studies and Assessment for and of Learning
    Diversity in Education - Ethics, Interculturalism and Inclusive Classrooms
    Multivariate Calculus
    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
    Introduction to Statistics
    Abstract Algebra
    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
    Dissertation 1
    Teaching Mathematics and Business Studies 2
    Strategic Management
    Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry
    Computational Mathematics


    Semester 8 (Year 4)
    School Placement 3
    Dissertation 2

    How to Apply

    EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying 


    Non-EU Applicants

    Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin.

    Check your country here.

    Application Information

    Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

    Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the requirements:

    • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
    • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
    • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application. Click here for English language requirements.
    • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
    • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

    Intake onto this programme is once a year in September.

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying:


    Telephone: +353 61 204988 / 774790

    Transferring from another 3rd Level Institution

    The transfer route into MIC depends on the content overlap of your new and old course and the number of places on the new course in the year you apply. Before submitting an application you should contact where we will consider your case with the relevant Head of Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

    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 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. 

    Click here for more information on EU/Non-EU assessments which will be conducted by MIC International office to determine status. 


    Fees: To check the undergraduate programme fees please click here.

    US Students please note that you can apply for Federal Aid. Click here for more information.

    Fitness to Teach

    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.

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