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MIC Limerick Incorporates St Patricks College Thurles

Posted on May 27, 2016

Mary Immaculate College has today announced the incorporation of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, which currently offers the following four degree programmes that prepare students to become second-level teachers:

Minister for Education & Skills, Minister Jan O’Sullivan T.D. announced the incorporation by Mary Immaculate College (MIC) of St. Patrick’s College, stating, “This is a very significant development that will be of great benefit to the students, staff and broader stakeholders of Mary Immaculate College and St. Patrick’s College. I want to commend the management and staff of both institutions on the professional manner in which they have brought about this incorporation ably assisted by the Higher Education Authority.

She went on to say “Today’s announcement underlines Mary Immaculate College’s pre-eminent role in the provision of initial teacher education in Ireland. The quality and dedication of teaching staff in the Irish education system is recognised internationally as one of our great strengths. MIC has contributed hugely to this positive aspect of education in Ireland and this new development will ensure that the College continues to go from strength to strength.”

The announcement was also welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Higher Executive Authority (HEA), Mr. Tom Boland, whose officials were closely involved in negotiations with MIC and St. Patrick’s College. “Clearly,” according to MIC President Professor Michael A Hayes, “MIC is held in the highest regard by the Minister and the Department of Education & Skills and is seen strategically as the ideal vehicle for the continuation of the important subject areas taught at St. Patrick’s College, including Irish, Religion, Business Studies and Accounting, all of which are in high demand by secondary schools searching for the most highly qualified graduates. There is also an obvious complementarity in both campuses’ cultures, where the student is placed at the centre of both institutions’ missions and a campus environment conducive to a warm and friendly community ambience is at the centre of all its activities.”

Following the incorporation, MIC will now offer a choice of nine undergraduate honours degree programmes, for intake in September 2016.

MIC, St Patrick’s Campus Thurles will offer four undergraduate programmes to those interested in becoming a second-level teacher in the shape of concurrent degree programmes leading to sought-after specialisations in subject areas that include Irish, Religion, Accountancy and Business Studies.

These programmes are specifically geared towards initial teacher education for the second-level school sector in Ireland. The programmes, which are accredited by the University of Limerick and the Teaching Council, have been comprehensively redesigned to meet the requisite standards of these bodies and the needs of graduates entering the teaching profession. The programmes offer unique content and subject combinations that are valuable to the education sector as a whole and to the economy offering very favourable employment prospects to graduates.

MIC Limerick will continue to offer two four-year B.Ed. programmes, for those wishing to become a primary teacher (with the option of having a specialisation in Educational Psychology), a programme for those who wish to work in the area of professional childhood care and education, a Liberal Arts programme offering a wide array of subjects such subjects as Media & Communication Studies, Psychology, English; and an exciting new BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies.

MIC will continue to offer a host of postgraduate programmes to doctoral level in Education and in the Liberal Arts, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, and numerous access and inclusion pathways.

Mary Immaculate College is also committed to improving access to higher education for adults and we welcome applications to all our undergraduate programmes from mature applicants. If you are at least 23 years old on the 1st January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature student. Here at MIC we happen to think that there are a number of reasons as to why mature students should consider MIC as their College of Choice.

These include:

  • Designated Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education
  • MIC’s commitment to Lifelong Learning
  • Alternative pathways in gaining access to third level education
  • Tailored support systems available to mature students
  • State-of-the-art city centre campus
  • Highly sought-after programmes
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • Small class size
  • Top class sports facilities
  • Active and engaging Students’ Union
  • World class arts programme at the Lime Tree Theatre

Having deeply regretted not going to college first time around Dr Robert Hartigan decided to ‘dip his toe in the water’ by undertaking the Foundation Certificate in MIC in 2007. On completion he decided to pursue his studies and took up a place on the BA Liberal Arts programme before proceeding to a Postgraduate course in History and finally a PhD.

MIC is like a small community and the relaxed characteristics associated with such really help students make the transition from whatever station in life they are coming from. Now that I have progressed to postgraduate studies within the College, I would definitely say that choosing to return to education, and in particular MIC, was one of the most positive and rewarding decisions I ever made. My advice, take that plunge, for I think you will find that the water is neither too deep, nor too unpleasant!”

For further information visit www.mic.ul.ie

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