Hibernia College

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Innovation and research in teacher education

Hibernia College is a blended learning, higher education third level college dedicated to providing access to flexible, high-quality graduate, postgraduate and professional education employing cutting-edge technology. The Hibernia College School of Education encompasses and guides the initial teacher training programme and professional teaching course offerings.

Hibernia College’s programmes in teacher education are professionally accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland and awarded by the national qualification authority, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Hibernia College is also a proud member of Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA).

Teacher Education Programmes

The College provides two forward-thinking Master’s programmes rooted in a history of excellence. The Professional Master of Education in Primary Education and the Professional Master of Education in Post Primary Education programmes are 120 credit awards at level 9, delivered over the course of 24 months.

Both programmes prepare, develop and support reflective and critical educators who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled, technologically empowered and responsive to the needs of all citizens in a diverse global society. The School of Education also delivers a range of Continuing Professional Development courses to thousands of professional educators.
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Research as a Core Strategy

The College’s strong research culture and ethos is driven by the School of Education to improve evidence-based practice in education and training. Of critical importance is the exploration of topical issues permeating the current landscape of Irish education.

The College endeavours to develop knowledge in the following key areas:

• The impact of learning technologies on learning experiences and teaching practices
• Innovation in teaching, learning and assessment
• Innovation in teacher education
• Internationalisation of postgraduate programmes in teacher education
• Bridging the gap between theory and practice in education
• Reflective practice


Research partners have included the following leaders across the field of education:
• Harvard University
• Economic and Social Research Institute
• Law Society of Ireland
• National Forum for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
• Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South
• University College Dublin
• Marino Institute of Education
• Stranmilllis University
• Trinity College Dublin

Future Initiatives in Education

Positioned at the forefront of innovation in education, Hibernia College has developed an undergraduate nursing degree B.Sc. (Hons) General Nursing which is currently going through accreditation with NMBI, and is also developing a B.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. A number of partnership agreements are currently under consideration to offer doctoral studies (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in education.

Spotlight on Alumni

Rachel O’Brien
Dublin, PMEPP 2016
Arlene McVeigh
Louth, PMEP 2016

Shane Kelly
Galway, PMEP 2016

I have three young children and so attending a college full time wasn’t a realistic option and so the flexibility that Hibernia offered made it the right option for me.
I’ve been very fortunate to get a temporary contract with Lisheenkyle National School near Athenry. It’s a fabulous school where STEM is a big emphasis and so my background in technology lends itself well to such a school. I’m hoping to have my probation completed this year and so then its a matter of trying to obtain a more permanent teaching position. I love the energy of the classroom and so I’d hope to get a position as mainstream teacher in a senior class. Looking further ahead I suppose I’d like to get involved in the introduction of technology to classrooms as I can see the benefits that they can bring if introduced for the right reasons.
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