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Welcome from Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan: Head of School

You are very welcome to our website.

The School of Education is recognised nationally and internationally for offering high quality teaching programmes based on a strong commitment to research informed teaching. Reflecting a strong track record of involvement in initial teacher education, the School of Education is deeply involved in supporting both current teachers and new graduates entering the teaching profession.

The School also offers a flourishing postgraduate programme at both Masters and Doctoral levels. The School plays a leading role in educational research in Ireland and has also developed a strong international profile. Our research covers a wide range of areas including arts and music education; research in primary and post-primary education; higher education policy; inclusion in education, and science, technology and innovation.

The School has a current enrolment of 560 students. Programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Bachelor in Music Education provides a recognised teaching qualification applicable to post-primary education. At postgraduate level, the Professional Masters in Education (PME), also recognised by the Teaching Council, provides a comprehensive ITE qualification for teachers entering post-primary education in a variety of subject areas. The School is also involved in a range of continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives aimed at enhancing practising teachers’ knowledge, skills and potential. Strategic and practical collaboration with other Schools within Trinity and external agencies supports many of the CPD initiatives.

At Masters level the School also offers both general and specialised programmes in 13 strands as part of the Master in Education (M.Ed.) degree.  This programme, aimed at a wide audience involving teachers and other individuals from diverse professional backgrounds with an interest in educational inquiry, contributes to the personal and academic development of participants. The School also has a large cohort of over 80 doctoral students (Ph.D. and D.Ed.), who usually undertake their studies in those areas of research expertise represented by the staff.  

The School has a thriving and vibrant research culture organised around two College research centres and four research groups. The Cultures, Academic Values in Education (CAVE) research centre focuses on the area of higher education both nationally and internationally. The Centre for Research in Information Technology in Education (CRITE) is a joint collaborative initiative between the School of Education and the School of Computer Science and Statistics.

Four additional research groups are active within the School of Education and draw membership from outside the school also.

  • Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) has a high profile in special needs education, student voice, psychology of aggression and prejudices and related fields.
  • Research in School Education (RISE) is currently exploring areas such as learning environments, models of teaching, learning and assessment, and the work of Lev Vygotsky.
  • Arts Education Research Group (AERG) focuses on drama, theatre, music, dance and arts education.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Education, Research and Communication (STEM­_ERC) is a new group which is developing a research agenda in the area of STEM education, across all sectors of formal and informal education.

The School has, for a number of years, been highly active in offering a programme of events ranging from workshops, lunchtime and one-day research seminars to international conferences which alongside its publications, has helped establish the School as the leading centre for educational research in Ireland. In 2012 the School, uniquely in Ireland, was ranked 74th in the top 100 QS World University Subject Rankings - well ahead of many UK Russell Group Universities.

You will find details here of our many activities, including research opportunities, and further information on our staff members, their expertise, specialism and publications. The site also hosts information on our degree options, research and programme of events, seminars and conferences. We invite you to explore the website in order to find the right course and event for you. 

Here in Trinity College, we are lucky to be located at the very centre of Dublin, which itself holds a central global position. Dublin is one of the world’s most appealing cities, with a multiplicity of leisure and cultural opportunities. The Library is of international repute and we maintain close contact with both local schools and colleges, and educational institutions across the world.

The continued growth of the School is a reflection of the welcome, care and attention we extend to all of our students, both new and established.

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We look forward to meeting and working with you.

Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan
Head of Education

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Last updated 17 February 2015