Course Description

Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching



The Professional Masters in Education (PME) is a two year masters programme which leads to a professional qualification to teach Art and Design at second level. The award is professionaly accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. The masters programme will enable you as an art or design graduate, to apply your practice in a professional teaching context.

On completion of the PME you will have developed an integrated understanding and appreciation of the unique qualities of an art and design education. Specifically, you will have achieved the capacity to perform as an educator in a variety of settings and contexts particularly at second-level. The focus of the PME is on the application of your own art and design practices, insights and modes of learning to the requirements of teaching. The PME aims to facilitate your personal, social, intellectual and practical growth, preparing you for a professional career as a teacher and fostering the necessary skills and dispositions of research, analysis, evaluation and critique to enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

The two-year Professional Masters in Education (PME) programme has three interconnected pillars: School Placement, Foundation / Professional Studies, and Subject Discipline / Visual Arts Pedagogy. In Year 1 you are given both a theoretical and a practical understanding of key processes of teaching and learning. You are introduced to influential traditions of practice in teaching and classroom management. You also undertake teaching practice in a school where you will develop the knowledge teaching skills and attitudes needed for effective teaching. This is supported by college tutorials and support teaching. In an extended placement in Year 2, the emphasis is on more autonomous functioning, and you will be encouraged to take up a visible and active role in the full life of the host school. A key requirement in Year 2 is an Action Research project which you will undertake with college support.

Training ProviderNational College of Art & Design NCAD
Course LocationDublin, Ireland
Location PostcodeDublin 8
Course CategoryTeaching courses, Education
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyUCD
Course FeePOA
Course Duration2 years
Entry RequirementsThe programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related discipline. English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the academic version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.
Carear PathGraduates of the programme take up positions as second level art teachers in Ireland and across the world, as third level art educators, as school principals and deputy-principals, as museum curators, youth workers, arts officers, artists in residence in primary and secondary schools, independent art education consultants and as researchers in art education.
For information about National College of Art & Design NCAD, please visit our Training Provider page on Postgrad.ie by clicking here.

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