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University of Limerick - Master of Education (M.ED.)

Master of Education (M.ED.) School of Education

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

RATIONALE FOR M.ED AT UL

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is offered by the School of Education at a time when teaching and teacher education are considered part of a learning continuum and where there are new policies by the Teaching Council on Induction and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a new focus on distributed forms of leadership.

There is a new emphasis on the teacher as researcher and co-inquirer with peers and other policy actors (beginning teachers, teacher educators and others) in a concept of teaching as an advanced professional practice.

The M.Ed. Program has been designed to develop your professional autonomy and with a strong focus on your personal development and agency for the enactment of policy reforms and the integration of theory, experience, practice, knowledge and research in multiple settings.

M.Ed. studies however are not always about gaining individual qualification and often play a recognised role in serving the wider school community, gaining capability in evidence informed research and capability to critique policy and practice.

SCHEDULE OF STUDY

The M.ED. is a two year part-time program of study beginning on the 27th September 2019. This is a level 9 NQAI qualification, one level higher than an honours degree which is a level 8 NQAI qualification.

The start-up Induction Weekend will take place during this last weekend of September - Friday evening, 27th September 2019 (6.30pm to 9.00pm) and Saturday, 28th September 2019 (10am to 5pm).

After the Induction Weekend classes will normally run every Wednesday evening (6.30pm to 9.30pm) at the University of Limerick starting Wednesday, 2nd October 2019.


The program runs over four semesters (Autumn and Spring each year). Participants on the course will take a total of four core modules (two modules on Contemporary Issues, one module on Advanced Research Methods and one module on Academic Writing and Inquiry), two specialist elective modules (see list of options below) and two supervised modules for the write-up of the thesis (M.ED. Thesis I and II). The overall structure is shown in the table below:

Year

Autumn Semester (Sept – Dec)

Spring Semester (Jan – May)

Year One

Contemporary Issues I (Teaching, Learning & Assessment) Academic Writing & Inquiry

Contemporary Issues II

(Policy & Practice)

Specialist Elective Module I

Year Two

Advanced Research Methods I Specialist Elective Module II M.Ed. Thesis I

Spring/Summer

M.Ed. Thesis II

The final written thesis will be completed under supervision in year two and will normally be presented to the Winter Examining Board in the autumn of the second year.

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE MODULES

In line with extensive academic expertise at the School of Education in progressing master of education studies the following specialist elective modules are offered: (i) LEADERSHIP (ii) WELLBEING (iii) STEM education and (iv) MENTORING. Students can focus on one of these specialist modules for their supervised master thesis or opt for a combination.

ASSESSMENT

The four core modules and the two elective specialist modules will each have an assessment, an ASSIGNMENT that needs to be satisfactorily completed so that the module is considered completed.

One exception is the two thesis modules which go together and await the written thesis for their final grading. Details of what is involved in the written thesis will be given by the Course Board in due course.


BLENDED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

On campus you take part in lectures and small group work and study circles. Depending on the module there will be varying expectations of social interaction with peers and on- line interaction during the semester. We support and seek to build a community of critical thinkers and encourage an ethos of critical friendship and scholarship

REGISTRATION

You are required to register for the program on-line. The registration form asks for details, such as, your contact details, academic qualifications and any other information you think might help assess your suitability for the program. The link to the registration form is as follows:

http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/education-masters

FEE REFUND SCHEME

The fees for the program are in the region of Euro 5,580 per year. The fees can be paid annually in two instalments or monthly. Please contact the fees office to further discuss.

http://www.ulsites.ul.ie/finance/location-and-hours

The program is included in the FEE REFUND SCHEME of the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SKILLS. Within this scheme administered by Marino Institute of Education the new M.Ed. is a grant-assisted masters’ study for practicing teachers registered with the Teaching Council.

M.ED COURSE BOARD

The M.Ed. Course Board is composed of a mix of academic faculty and staff at the School of Education, including the following:

Martina O’Halloran (Administrator), Damien Daly (Senior Technical Officer), Dr. Regina Kelly (EPI-STEM), Dr. Jennifer McMahon, Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie (Course Director), Dr. Tim Murphy, Gerry Myers, Dr. Aoife Neary, Michael O’Brien, Dr. Ciarán Ó’Gallchóir, Dr. Anne Marie Young.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The M.Ed. program is now in its second year. We will go ahead with a new group this Autumn 2019 if we get a viable cohort of students. Our current students have enjoyed a positive experience and some of their comments are mentioned below:


Some comments from our first group of students on this M.Ed. program who have now completed year one:

I have enjoyed the intellectual stimulation and that the value of my experience of practice is a platform for expression. Adults learn very well together here in shared tutorials. The need to ask questions and seek understanding at a deeper level to what I am experiencing at school (secondary school teacher).

The evolution of leading teaching and learning, exploring various strands of leadership including transformative leadership and finding out what constitutes effective leadership and opportunity to broaden the mind (primary school principal).

The opportunity to interact with like-minded people who were interested in participating in the course. The feeling of comradery and especially the support when I hit ‘brick walls’ with the essays (teaching assistant in higher education).

I have learned about my profession, about the Irish education system and a great deal about my own capabilities. I have enjoyed the collaborative discussions with peers, colleagues, module leaders and guest lecturers. It has been engaging, thought provoking and inspirational (secondary school teacher).

I have learned new frameworks for thinking and critiquing. I have learned that my experience matters. That questions are more important than answers. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of developing new ways of thinking and am learning to feel comfortable questioning everything (disability officer in higher education).

INVITATION TO UL OPEN NIGHTS

If you are thinking about starting an M.ED. this coming September 2019 we would like to invite you to join us at the University of Limerick at one of the Open Nights mentioned below:

WEDNESDAY 24th APRIL 2019 7pm to 8pm ROOM CM079

ROOM CM079 is on third floor in the Main Building. When you come out of the lift on Floor M you go left and then shortly after that take a right turn and the room is at the end of that corridor on the left.

Where can I find out more about the program? If you have further questions please contact the School of Education Administrator for the program Martina O’Halloran on 061 213144 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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