The School of Education is one of the major professional schools of the University with a current enrolment of 1,551 students inclusive of 635 postgraduates. It has 20 full-time and over 75 part-time staff. The School is commited to engaging with educational issues through teaching and research at a number of levels: initial teacher education, postgraduate teacher education and continuing professional development. Within this context of informed practice, the School is dedicated to undertaking high quality research which permeates teaching at postgraduate level. The result of this scholarly activity has gained both national and international recognition in both the academic and professional community and contributes to the understanding and practice of education. As well as the traditional M.Litt. and Ph.D. research degrees, the School is the first leading Irish university to offer a professional Doctorate in Education which is for educators who wish to undertake doctoral level study in a structured manner into their professional practice.
The School of Education is also linked with three Colleges of Education and two Colleges of Music in Dublin and with Education Centres throughout the country. The Colleges of Education are the Church of Ireland College of Education at Rathmines, Coláiste Muire at Marino and the Froebel College of Education at Blackrock. The Colleges of Music are the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
With a rich complement of academic and administrative staff, the School is in a position to provide excellence in both research and professional practice. The School therefore is a significant and critical forum for education, research and the sharing of knowledge with the community.
The School of Education, in association with the Association of Teachers and Education Centres in Ireland, the Christian Brothers, the Church of Ireland College of Education, Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Coláiste Muire at Marino, the Curriculum Development Unit, CDVEC, and Co. Wicklow VEC provides a variety of continuing professional development activities for teachers and others with a professional interest in education.