Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH54L

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 15 May 2021

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This programme aims to provide opportunities for educators to explore and examine aspects of their own practice with a view to improving the educational experiences of the students in their care. Central to the programme is the development of a reflective disposition which is a core principle underpinning action research. Recent Teaching Council policies such as Induction (Droichead) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (Cosán) promote teaching as a lifelong learning continuum along with the concept of teacher as researcher. This Master’s in Education upholds the concept of teaching as innovative professional practice, combining academic study with research in practice. It is envisaged that successful candidates of the programme will go on to serve key roles in the educational community as curriculum and policy developers.

Underpinned by the philosophy of Friedrich Froebel, his contemporaries and later scholars, this programme will specifically explore Action Research in its many forms within educational settings. Through the work of Froebel (1933), Dewey (1912), Brookfield (1995) and others associated with critical reflection, this programme will provide opportunities to further develop students’ skills at a higher level in order to inspire transformative practices within educational settings.

This programme is primarily aimed at candidates who are working in the Primary and Early Childhood Education sectors and who wish to develop their practice through Action Research. Candidates are required to be in regular employment in an educational setting and to meet one of the criteria listed below:

A level 8-degree in Early Childhood Education with a minimum grade level of 2:1. It is proposed that this MEd would also facilitate BA students to progress towards a MEd qualification. However, as this programme is currently a 3-year degree, they will be required to undertake 90 credits.



Online application only through PAC:

B.Ed/PDSEN graduates please select MH52L under Taught Programmes 
BA Early Childhood graduates please select MH54L under Taught Programmes


As part of the application process you will be required to upload the following:

  • Transcripts.
  • Evidence of Garda Clearance.
  • Evidence of Teaching Council registration (B.Ed amd PDSEN graduates only)
  • Two references..

Please note shortlisting may apply.:

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