Online application for the Professional Master of Education is open. Review of applicants already began for a September 2020 intake and will continue only until spaces are filled. The PME is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to qualify post-primary teachers in different disciplines (see all here). The physical education pathway of the PME prepares graduates for a professional teaching qualification in physical education. graduates will be teachers skilled in designing instructionally aligned, evidence-based physical education programs. PME physical education students will gain cutting-edge knowledge regarding the content and implementation of junior cycle, senior cycle, and leaving certificate physical education.
Students who meet Teaching Council requirements, may decide to specialise in one or two of the subjects listed above. To be eligible to add the second subject an applicant would need to ensure that his/her primary degree meets the requirements of the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of teaching both subjects. See the relevant section here. Modules are built upon teaching approaches that value experiential and constructivist learning. Typically, a range of individual and group presentations, combined with essays, digital technology-based activities, case studies and reports are employed, culminating with a thesis and portfolio. You will be challenged to think of physical education differently through the current curricular reforms to physical education in Ireland.
This interfaculty programme includes the fundamental elements of: Educational studies, Physical Education pedagogy, and School Placement. All are structured around a vision that supports the PME student in becoming a professional teacher of young people in Irish schools. A relevant primary degree at 2.2 honours level or higher (Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or equivalent) or be about to graduate with such a degree. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, a PME applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form, that he/she has studied the relevant number of ECTS credits in the relevant subject area(s) as part of their degree (see here).
With the changes in physical education at the Junior Cycle, Senior Cycle, and Leaving Certificate there is a demand for teachers whose ambition is to deliver innovative and current physical education. Thus, employability is strong. In fact, most of our last cohorts of graduates are employed teaching Physical Education throughout Ireland and the Middle East. Do something great! Are you coming?
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Dr Antonio Calderon is a lecturer in Teacher Education/Sport Pedagogy and Course Director of the Profesional Master Education (Physical Education) at the department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. Antonio’s current research interests include student learning in physical education and on social media and digital technologies for learning and engagement in teacher education. Contact Antonio at Antonio.Calderon@ul.ie or view his research profile on Google Scholar or Researchgate