NCAD School of Education will offer a new Masters Programme for September 2023 - pending to Teaching Council accreditation.
Professional Master of Education - Design Engineering and Technology (PME DET)
This is a two year Professional Master of Education that will qualify you to teach across the subject areas of Technology and Engineering at Second level.
If you have an undergraduate degree in design, engineering and related disciplines and are interested in a teaching career, this programme may be of interest to you.
This programme will be on offer for September 2023, subject to pending Teaching Council accreditation. Register your interest here.
The Professional Masters of Education in Design, Engineering & Technology (PME DET) aims to enable graduates from design, engineering and related disciplines develop as professional educators across the subject areas of Technology and Engineering. The PME DET facilitates the personal, social, intellectual and practical growth of students, preparing them for professional careers as teachers of the technology subject areas and fostering the necessary skills and dispositions of research, analysis, evaluation and critique to enable them to become reflective practitioners.
This course offers students the opportunity to combine two subjects, Technology and Engineering with a shared foundation in design. Design is an inherent component of technology and engineering. As such, a holistic approach to the teaching of subject knowledge and design skills will be adopted. The result of this combined approach will prepare pupils with the skills required to respond to technology problems and project briefs. Throughout the two years of the programme specific modules will cover the current curriculum content and in conjunction will develop foundation skills in design, technology and engineering.
The course facilitates various modes of learning and recognises applicant’s prior learning and experience. The main emphasis is on preparing students to plan, teach, deliver and evaluate both the practical and theoretical elements of a holistic technology and engineering and design education for second level schools, with specific reference to the requirements of the Irish second-level education system and with an awareness of international developments.
Both Technology and Engineering are continually evolving subjects. Student teachers will be trained to continually investigate new technologies, materials, electronics and design innovations to inform their teaching practice. To teach Technology and Engineering in a manner that will continue to attract interest and relevance for pupils, teachers will be required to engage with continual professional development. This approach to lifelong learning is an integral aspect of this course.
This course is designed to create a multifaceted professional teacher who can to deliver a high quality Technology and Engineering & Design education to secondary level students. The programme is designed for applicants with recognised prior learning and experience in product design, interaction design or similar associated fields of design, technology and engineering. The course objective is to prepare student teachers through their training to create autonomous learning environments, where innovation and problem-solving skills are nurtured. Sustainability, ethical and moral aspects of technology engineering and design are just some of the current issues relating to the teaching of both subjects which the programme will address.
At present design is a neglected, and in many ways, misunderstood area in the school system in Ireland, being largely understood as a vocational craft process, with a dominant focus on the artefact over the process. Over the past number of years curriculum developments at second level have seen the introduction of Leaving Certificate Technology and more recently the new Junior Cycle Framework has brought about significant developments with the introduction of a revised suite of technology subjects which place an emphasis on design process. Currently, the teacher cohort engaged in teaching these subjects is almost exclusively drawn from the traditional craft subjects, in the field of woodwork and metalwork. There is a unique opportunity for a different type of teaching in these subjects, informed by the design education that NCAD uniquely provides.
As the National College of Art and Design it is our objective to train and equip a new generation of educators to teach Technology and Engineering at secondary school level. A design led approach is essential to attract a wider cohort and to address the creative and academically challenging opportunities the curriculum presents.
Pending Teaching Council ratification successful graduates of the programme will be eligible to register as post-primary teachers. Graduates will be prepared to deliver and implement the content of the Technology and Engineering curriculum, at junior and senior cycle. The subject combinations of Technology and Engineering underpinned with a shared foundation in design will create a unique subset of teachers. With the implementation of the revised senior cycle Technology curriculum and the new suite of technology subjects at junior cycle pupil numbers are increasing. It is envisaged that this trend will continue. Graduates will also be well positioned to design and implement new design and technology focused short courses and units of learning, at junior and senior cycle. Furthermore, it is envisaged that graduates from the PME DET will introduce and advocate for authentic design learning within their school communities.
Programme Aims and Objectives
The aims of the programme are to:
- Address teacher supply in post primary education by developing educators equipped to teach across the subject areas of Technology, Applied Technology and Engineering.
- Address the low-level of engagement with design within the technology subject areas and within the Irish second level curriculum at large.
- Support the research agenda of the college by supporting students to progress to PhD level.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- Enable graduates from technology, engineering and design and related disciplines develop as professional educators across the subject areas of Technology, Applied Technology and Engineering.
- Facilitate the personal, social, intellectual and practical growth of students, preparing them for professional careers as teachers.
- Prepare students to plan, teach, deliver and evaluate both the practical and theoretical elements of a holistic technology and engineering and design education for second level schools.
- Foster the necessary skills and dispositions of research, analysis, evaluation and critique to enable students to become reflective practitioners.