School of Education Marks the End of Over 100 Years of 'The Dip' in UCC

4 Nov 2014

School of Education Marks the End of Over 100 Years of 'The Dip' in UCC

On Saturday 8th November, UCC’s Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) graduates of 2014 will mark the end of an era. This group will be the last to receive parchments for a programme of Post-Primary Teacher education, which has had many titles over the years but has been known by all as ‘The Dip’. They will be the last in a long line, stretching over 100 years, to receive a ‘Dip’ from the School of Education at UCC.


One hundred and ten years ago, in 1904, the President of University College Cork, Bertram Windle [1858-1929] set up a course of lectures in education for trainee teachers. The School of Education in UCC has been involved in training Secondary School teachers continuously since that time, initially as a part-time programme and then from the early 1960s as the full-time one-year Higher Diploma in Education. A key component of the success of UCC’s HDip over the years has been its close partnership with a network of Secondary schools whose commitment to providing teaching practice experience for the students has been a constant since the early 1900s.


Firm foundations were laid with the establishment of Ireland’s first department for training secondary school teachers at the then Queen’s College Cork in 1904. While we have seen much change, there is much continuity too. The structures and practices developed in 1904 root the current School of Education in a history that teaches us that ‘the past is never dead’ (Faulkner, W., 1951, Requiem for a Nun Vintage Books: New York).  The PDE has now been replaced by a two-year Professional Master of Education, which commenced in August 2014.


The 2014 Diplomates contribute in a significant way to the history of the School of Education and of UCC. After more than a century this is the final cohort to be presented with ‘the Dip’ in UCC. Saturday’s special event marks them as qualified secondary school teachers, diplomates of UCC, and history-makers. Parchments will be presented to the students by the Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Professor Caroline Fennell, at the ceremony hosted by UCC’s School of Education. Guest Speaker at the ceremony is Mr Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of Barnardos Ireland.

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