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Professional Masters of Education

University of Limerick
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Limerick
English
September 2022

About this program

Professional Masters of Education

The Professional Master of Education is a two-year full-time initial teacher education program designed to qualify post-primary teachers in the following disciplines:

  • Business (Accounting, Business, Economics)
  • Languages (French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish, English as a second language (ESL can only be taken when studying a language)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Technological Education (Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics)

Students who meet Teaching Council requirements may decide to specialise in one or two disciplines as listed above.

The aims of the program are to ensure those successful graduates:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of education and the education system
  • Display a high level of expertise in relation to their subject area and pedagogical approaches that maximise student development
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and self-evaluation
  • Use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to cater for a diverse range of learning needs
  • Integrate theories and principles of education in a teaching setting
  • Conduct and apply research in a teaching context
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong personal and professional development using tools such as the professional portfolio and reflective practice
  • Know and uphold the core values and professional commitments, which are set out in the Teaching Council's Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers

Admission requirements

Applicants must possess a relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) or be about to graduate with such a degree. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education program, the PME Applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she:

  1. Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME program, a level 8 honours degree
  2. Has studied the relevant number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see the link in point (5) below)
  3. Has studied higher-level degree content related to the subject area(s) in year 3 or 4 of their degree
  4. Has covered, as part of their degree, the mandatory topics/subjects as set out in the Teaching Council subject requirements
  5. The Subject Declaration Form (available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this course.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her primary degree meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching your chosen subject(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency,
  • Understanding Learning
  • Planning for School Placement
  • Pedagogy modules *2

Year 1 Semester 2

  • School Placement 1
  • Research Methods 1
  • Pedagogy modules *2

Year 2 Semester 3

  • School Placement 2
  • Research Methods 2
  • Understanding Schools

Year 2 Semester 4

  • Curriculum Policy and Reform History
  • Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Research and Practice Portfolio
  • Teacher as Professional Practitioner
  • Reporting Educational Research
  • Pedagogy modules *2

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.

Career paths

Graduates from this course are enabled to teach a wide range of subjects across a number of programs. Since its inception, there has been a consistently strong demand for teachers with this qualification. The majority of Professional Master in Education graduates opt for teaching in second-level schools. Others have secured employment in the further education sector, the international education sector, alternative education sector, community education and adult education settings.

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...


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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick
Ireland

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