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Welcome Introduction: by Professor Ciaran Sugrue - Head of School

Welcome to the School of Education, UCD — a Céad Fáilte — a hundred welcomes whether or not you are joining us from at home or abroad. Now in its second century, the school of education continues to evolve and to thrive—offering a suite of programmes that address concerns of major significance for policy-makers and practitioners with connecting theory and practice together in mind, in creative and imaginative ways directed towards the quality of teaching, learning and leading in schools.

We are the largest provider in Ireland of the Professional Diploma in Education (PDE), the major entry requirement to teach in the post-primary sector, nationally and recognised internationally. Additionally, you may find our full-time or part-time Masters and Doctoral programmes of interest. We welcome particularly inquiries from international students.

We encourage you to peruse our various offerings and to get in touch with us should you require additional information on any aspect of our programmes or research projects. We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest News / Recent Events

Dr Judith Harford from UCD School of Education has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London) - 26th Feb 2014

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Her election to the Society is in recognition of her scholarship in the history of education.




 Iraq Teacher Education - Capacity Building Programme Video.

UCD School of Education training video of Iraqi teachers & Educators


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History of Education T&PNew Publication:

‌Deirdre Raftery's new publication, jointly with David Crook, is History of Education: Themes and Perspectives.

It was published in November 2013, by Routledge.




Two Government of Ireland Post-Graduate (PhD) Awards

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Congratulations to Martina Ozonyia and Fiona O'Shea for their awards of Irish Research Council scholarships to support their Children and Youth PhD research 2013 - 2016. Supervised by Dr Dympna Devine, Martina's research involves a mixed methodological analysis of participation in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings by contrasting socio-economic and ethnic groups in Ireland'. Fiona's  research explores children's citizenship - respect, recognition and participation, across home and school.

Historian of Education wins the NUI Mary L. Thornton Award, 2013-2014

NUI LogoFor the third time, a historian of education at the School of Education, UCD, has won the NUI Mary L. Thornton Award.

Sarah Fahy Hillas, whose PhD research is supervised by Dr Deirdre Raftery and Dr Marie Clarke, has won the award for her examination of land, economy and patterns of participation in Intermediate education, in late nineteenth-century rural Ireland. The NUI Mary L. Thornton Award is presented following an open competition for students working on education research in any of the NUI Colleges.

Dr Conor Galvin appointed to SCoTENS Executive Committee

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Dr Conor Galvin has been invited onto the Executive Committee of SCoTENS, representing UCD on this committee for a three-year appointment. Dr Galvin’s involvement with SCoTENS dates back to its inception in 1999-2000, when he participated in discussions on its foundation.



School of Education offers new Online Course - April 2013

The Leadership Profession Diploma in Education Studies (PDES) is an online/ blended PDES in Leadership aimed at teachers with some teaching experience who would like to either move into a leadership position or challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways.

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SCoTENS funding supports Paris archival research on the history of Irish nuns -  March 2013

‌ Dr Deirdre Raftery's research on the history of the contribution of Irish nuns to education has been supported by SCoTENS

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Fullbright Scholar Award in the School of Education - March 2013

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Dr Dympna Devine has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award in Social Sciences by the Fulbright Commission for 2013-2014


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New Programme: MSc: Five year progamme in Maths, Science and Education

 DN200 MSC Cover Page The School of Education is delighted to announce that, from September 2013, it will be possible to enter, by a variety of pathways-- see pdf file-- into a five year integrated programme that combines Maths, Science and Education in an innovative manner. This will allow applicants to commence a BSc degree in maths/ science through the common entry (DN200) and if interested in the possiblity of teaching as a career, can puruse a variety of pathways towards that end, graduating in year five with a MSc (in maths, Science & Education.)

 This masters degree is professionally accredited by the Teaching Council thus graduates are fully qualified to teach two subjects in post-primary schools.

The various pathways available are described in the pdf file - see below!


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