Course Title: Education
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 to 5 years
Teaching Mode: Part-Time
The programme can be studied in a flexible timescale within a 5 year period. (This is a part-time Modular Programme and is open to Irish/EU Students only).
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2013/2014 IRISH/EU FEE: €1,125 per 15 credit module. For MEd(Modular) CACSSS Scholarship Details: Contact; Anita Cronin/Claire Dooley (021 4902467 or email email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org).
Course Code: CKE67 or CKE59
Closing Date: 21 June 2013 (This has been extended)
Closing Date (Non-EU): 14 June 2013
Next Intake: September 2013
The M.Ed degree is a modularised programme and can be attained through a credit accumulation process. The focus being on the continuing professional development of teachers at all levels of education. Students can design their own special programme from the available modules to suit their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests. However, students should not that a minimum and maximum quota of students will be applied to each module. In 2013, selection of students is to be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience and the online supplementary Candidates Statement submitted to PAC.
CKE59 - MEd Modular (120 credit route) : Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements should apply for the 120 credit route.
CKE67 - MEd Modular (60 credit route) : Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements and who have an approved postgraduate diploma in the general education area or equivalent (with an honours grade) should apply for the 60 credit route. Equivalencies are subject to the Department and College approval. A total of 120 credits, or 60 credits in the case of a holder of one of the approved diplomas, must be completed. Students are limited to studying a maximum of 30 credits in any one teaching period (For example a maximum 60 credits in any one year). Teaching periods (September-December and January-March/April).
The MEd offers a variety of taught modules that focus on core areas of the course, e.g. early childhood education, literacy, second language teaching, mathematics, information and communications technology, physical and health education.
The course also explores contemporary issues for education – teaching, learning and assessment, childhood, equality and diversity, socio-cultural perspectives, and special educational needs – reflecting the diverse needs and interests of those who take this course.
Modules are informed and driven by research, and are assessed by project work that links your professional settings to contemporary educational research. This leads to a dissertation based on your professional educational research interests.
- ED6011: Contemporary Issues in Language Teaching - Dr. B. Murphy
- ED6018: Models of Childhood in Postmodern Culture - Dr. F. Long
- ED6040: Topics in Mathematics Education - Mr. M. Delargey
- ED6042: Learning as Identity: Teaching as Implications - Prof. K. Hall
- ED6048: Perspectives on Learning, Curriculum and Assessment - Ms. J. McKeon/Dr. S. O’Brien
- ED6049: Skill Acquisition and Movement Analysis: Application and Interpretation - Dr. F. Chambers
- ED6051: The Education of Pupils with High Incidence and Low Incidence Special Educational Needs Mr. D. Burns/Mr. D. O’Sullivan/Dr. S. Crawford
- ED6054: Perspectives on Play and Experiential Learning in Early Childhood - Dr. M. Cunneen/Dr. M. Horgan
ED 6035 dissertation module (30 credits)
Students are required to complete the ED 6035 dissertation module (30 credits). Students are advised that the dissertation module is normally taken only on completion of the required number of other taught modules.
Dissertation students are required to attend and participate in a series of compulsory research seminars and independently prepare a research proposal on their chosen research area. Students must then write a dissertation of 15,000 words under the supervision of an allocated Staff member.
To apply for entry to the MEd modular programme you must hold:
- a primary degree and postgraduate Diploma in Education, with a second class honours in one (or its equivalent)
- or have a second class honours BEd degree, (or its equivalent)
- or have a second class honours BSc (Education in Physical Sciences), (or its equivalent)
An amount of professional teaching experience, equivalent to five full years (excluding initial teacher education), will be considered as an honours equivalent.
Furthermore applicants must possess a minimum of one year’s post teacher education professional teaching experience, or certified equivalent, e.g. research in schools, voluntary work with schools, working with school teams.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants who have achieved at least a second class honours grade in one of the following postgraduate diplomas (or equivalent – equivalencies are subject to School and College approval) will be eligible to apply for the 60 credit route : (CKE 67)
Approved Postgraduate Diplomas:
- postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
- postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Religious Education
- postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Science in the Primary School
- postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Needs/Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support/Compensatory and Remedial Education
- postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (CSPE)
- postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
- postgraduate Diploma in Italian/Spanish for Post-Primary Teachers
- postgraduate Diploma in English and the Teaching of English
- an tArd Teastas i dTeagasc agus i Litriocht na Gaeilge
English Language Requirements:
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE59AdditionalQuestions (51kB) and CKE67AdditionalQuestions (93kB)
Non-UCC applicants must also submit photocopy evidence of any qualification(s) (academic results and certificates/parchments) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable) either by UPLOADING via the PAC "Application Status" or by post to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your online Postgraduate Application Number)
Selection will be based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience, and the online additonal/supplementary questions completed during the online application process.
Lectures are timetabled to facilitate working teachers. Each 15 credit module is timetabled for two hours (e.g.5-7 pm or7-9 pm) on one night per week. Lectures are currently timetabled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the two 12-week teaching periods (September-December and January-March/April). You can register for a maximum of 30 credits in any one teaching period.
All assessment of MEd modules is by project work (normally 5,000 words), leading to the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation based on your professional research interests. There are no end-of-year written examinations. All MEd modules feature readings, reflections, presentations and other in-class assignments.
Professor K. Hall
Dr. B. Murphy
Dr. F. Long
Mr. M. Delargey
Ms. J. McKeon
Dr. S. O' Brien
Dr. F. Chambers
Mr. D. Burns
Mr. D. O' Sullivan
Dr. S. Crawford
Dr. M. Cunneen
Dr. M. Horgan