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Programmes in Education and Human Development


Initial Teacher Education

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that good teaching is a key determinant of pupil achievement. Helping student teachers become ‘good teachers’ is a primary obligation of St Patrick’s College.

Our ITE programmes develop teachers who are reflective, skilled and knowledgeable in relation to curriculum and pedagogical practice, who are caring professionals committed to education, and whose work is informed by the wider values of equality, social justice and democratic education. Our graduates, we hope, will work as agents of change, regeneration and growth within the education system.

Human Development

Human Development is an interdisciplinary subject which focuses on the development of the human person through the life-span. From the complementary perspectives of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, it aims to help students towards an informed and critical understanding of human needs and capacities at crucial stages of the developmental process.

Human Development can be taken at either BA or Masters level.

As a subject, it:

focuses on critical periods, especially childhood and adolescence, within an integral conception of the whole life-span;

addresses both individual, intra-psychic dynamics and the wider social, cultural and economic processes that condition them, in both Irish and global contexts;

attends to factors that enhance, and those that militate against, wellbeing in different dimensions and at different phases.

Graduate Studies in Education

The College offers a range of taught and research programmes to doctoral and masters level and has a distinguished record in providing continuing professional development for teachers.

Our courses are delivered in a context characterised by innovation and development, scholarship, research and excellence in teaching and learning. Embedded in our programmes is a deep commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.

Students who undertake our courses will have a formative impact on development within schools and the broader education community. We see this as both a responsibilty and a privilege, and work hard to ensure that our programmes meet their needs.



Last Updated: Tuesday September 22 2015
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