The New Professional Master of Education – becoming a teacher with UCC

The Professional Master of Education in UCC is a new two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education course designed to qualify graduates as post-primary teachers/secondary school teachers. It is recognised and accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purpose of registration as a post-primary teacher in Ireland and the EU. The PME combines two year-long school placements with university lectures and tutorials, which develop student teachers’ requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competences. During the two-year PME course, students are introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis on meeting the diverse needs of learners, on the curriculum and on current issues in education. Students are encouraged to integrate educational theory and practice through extensive reflection on their own professional classroom practice. They are supported in their development by experienced teachers in school and tutored by specialist School of Education staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

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