This course consists of a one-year taught programme for a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education with the possibility of a further year for a Masters Degree (M.Ed.). Entry to the Masters Programme depends on the achievement of a specified minimum QCA in the Graduate Diploma. It then involves attending one taught module in Research Methods and undertaking a substantial dissertation on an approved topic. The course is designed to provide practicing primary teachers with a holistic approach to the use and application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Primary School. Teachers will learn how to skilfully and creatively use ICT to support a wide variety of teaching and learning goals as well as administrative and organisational tasks. They will also learn to identify and evaluate how ICT can best be used to support and enhance children’s learning and to appreciate how thoughtful use of ICT can enrich the learning environment of the classroom and school. The course will help teachers to gain a critical perspective on ICT’s overall role in education and its role in society in general.
Candidates will normally be expected to meet requirements (A) and (B).(A) Honours/Pass Bachelor of Education degree or Honours primary degree and a Pass/Honours Higher Diploma in Education or equivalent or Pass primary degree and Honours Higher Diploma in Education or equivalent or Primary Teaching Diploma (prior to 1975)(B) Normally two years of teaching experience or equivalent professional experience e.g. research/development work in education.Candidates with qualifications other than those specified above and/or who have experience in educational research, relevant professional experience or a proven interest in the use of technology in education, may also be considered.
Recipient: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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