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The concept of teaching as a high status profession is ever-evolving nationally and internationally, with recent trends propelling teaching through various educational reforms to an elevated professional standing. The Teaching Council’s adoption of the pillars of innovation, integration and improvement (Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education, 2011), scaffolded by guiding principles, has positioned teacher education in Ireland at a transformative juncture.

Now, more than ever, initial teacher education programmes are in a privileged position to shape and influence a diverse profession, which will continue to mould and build a teaching context in which future diverse generations will be educated. The recent establishment of Hibernia College’s School of Education is an exciting development in this space, and demonstrates the College’s commitment to providing appropriate, high-level preparation of teachers.

The School of Education encompasses and guides the educational programme offerings of the College. The Professional Master of Education (Primary) and the Professional Master of Education (Post Primary) programmes endeavour to prepare, develop and support reflective and critical educators who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled, technology empowered and responsive to the needs of all citizens in a diverse global society. Both programmes consist of a sequence of modules that reflect the contemporary issues faced by teachers today, and the skills and knowledge required of them in order to be expert teachers who enable effective pupil learning.

Research lies at the heart of the School’s underlying philosophy. The School of Education’s research strategy is based on its commitment to excellence in continuing professional development across all its education and training degrees and courses. It stems from a belief in the importance of using evidence-based research to improve practice in education and training, and from the College’s mission to use the most innovative technology to extend access to high-quality, flexible and affordable adult and professional education and training.


This course is for you if you want to inspire and influence future generations and play a key role in the development of young children, and if you need a teaching course that allows you to study from anywhere in Ireland.

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Do you want to affect change in a meaningful way by realising the talents and passions of students and encouraging young people to utilise and get the most out of their abilities? Then this course is for you.

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Do you need a flexible course to develop your career in early childhood education? Become a reflective practitioner equipped to engage in inclusive and transformative leadership within a variety of early education and care settings.

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