Research Master’s opportunity in Teacher Education

The University of Limerick is delighted to offer a one-year full-time or two-year part-time opportunity for a Research Master’s aligned to the development of teacher education and the professional learning needs of teacher educators in Ireland. The successful candidate will align with ongoing work in two specific arenas:

The International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFo-TED) 

InFo-TED is an established group that brings together people from across the world to exchange research, policy and practice related to teacher educators’ professional growth. The group is proactive in working together to target and secure funding that will enhance the development of an internationally recognised platform that will identify and acknowledge the needs of teacher educators as well as pursuing the professionalization of teacher education. Associated with this is the identification and dissemination of a common understanding about the kind of knowledge that teacher educators need to possess if they are to be effective.

The Irish National Forum for Teacher Education and Teacher Educators

The National Forum supports the notion that working as a collective and collaborative group establishes a platform for teacher education that informs both current and future teacher education policies in Ireland, supports the professional development of teacher educators and contributes to the development of the continuum of teacher education in Ireland. Attendees at National Forum events have conveyed (i) a clear interest in an inclusive networking space, (ii) a need for a collective voice and collective consideration of the teacher education continuum to inform teacher education, (iii) an acknowledgement of the necessity for resource pooling and institutional support, and (iv) the centrality of pre-service teachers and school placement.

Fees and Stipend:

  • Fees will be paid for the one-year full time Research Masters with a stipend of €18,000.
  • Fees will be paid for the two-year part time Research Masters with a stipend of €9, 000 each year.
  • Interested candidates should contact in the first instance to discuss the opportunities aligned with the opportunity.


Applicants are requested to submit an application comprising (i) a CV – max 3 pages, and (ii) an application statement of no more no more than 1000 words that outlines (1) familiarity and interest in teacher education and teacher educators in Ireland, (2) a proposed outline for a project and associated project deliverables, and (3) the skillset and interests of the applicant that align with the advertised opportunity.

Applications are to be sent to by 5pm on Wednesday 7th April, 2021.

Ann MacPhail is Professor in Physical Education at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick.  Her current research interests include teacher education, young people in sport, curriculum development in physical education, teaching, learning and assessment issues within school physical education.  Contact Ann at  Researchgate

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