Last week, we received the results of our Masters and I think it is fair to say we are all shocked and overwhelmed (in a good way!). The year itself flew by and none of us can believe the Masters is over or that we are graduating in a few weeks’ time!
We decided to compile this final blog post to give our own feedback and opinions of the Masters in Post Primary Education and Religion at Mater Dei Institute of Education for any student doing it this year or for anyone who may be considering it for next year 🙂
The Masters has made me aware of current issues in education that need to be addressed and helped me improve skills in presenting and speaking in front of groups. The programme has given me confidence when applying for jobs, feel it has equipped me so much more and complemented my undergraduate degree really well. Overall, my favourite part was learning how to implement different technologies in the classroom and being able to experience how the student will feel when we set up our own blogs and Google classroom. ~ Rachel
The Masters has helped me greatly in my own classroom practice and I have learned so many new approaches to teaching and learning. It has not only helped me in my professional life but my personal life. I did things in the Masters I never thought possible like establishing a blog and I also overcame small struggles that I have always faced with my own confidence. There have been so many highlights for me in the Masters including setting up my own educational blog, designing my own Faith Development programme for adolescents, learning about curriculum and assessment at post-primary level, creating a Mentoring programme for young adults, reflecting on various aspects of the Holocaust each week and understanding the new virtual learning environments available for post primary education. I felt our Masters group gelled so well and there was always so much support from lecturers throughout the process. One highlight for me would be having articles from my blog featured on the Religious Teachers Association of Ireland website, Facebook and Twitter pages. I feel like the Masters has greatly helped me in my own teaching and learning and has motivated me greatly ~ Amy
Overall I thought the Masters was a great mix of practical and theoretical learning on school life. Going forward I know I am more confident and competent in every aspect of being a teacher. Also from a job perspective, it gives you an advantage which can really make the difference. It was a great experience.~ Morgan
I decided to look into this Masters about 3 years ago and after much thought, I decided to pursue the digital side to teaching and MDI offered the perfect course that would allow me to work whilst completing my first year as a teacher. My favourite modules were undoubtedly Web 2.0, virtual learning and curriculum assessment as I was able to take what I learned in these modules and helped me to approach my lessons from different angles. I really felt I gained so much from this masters and as though as the year was I loved almost every minute. It was also great to be apart of the final year of Mater Dei. It was a great 5 years and now it’s full speed ahead into my career thanks to MDI ~ Brian
The main thing I gained from this Masters was a renewed sense of passion for Religious Education. It can be difficult to teach a subject that is often looked down upon or challenged by others and yet our small MA group, through the digital platforms we created, became defenders of RE. I used what I was learning and discussing in the MA to defend my subject choice both inside and outside of school. Aside from all the content and knowledge, I left this MA equipped to defend RE and its place in our society and for me, that is a real triumph ~ Isobel
The Masters in Education has not been what I expected. It has been better! I have learned so much and it has really helped me to grow as a teacher. I have learned a lot of new skills and resources. All the lecturers are commendable. They are keen to help anytime which really helps. It was such a fantastic year and I am really sad it is all over! ~ Lisa
The Masters in education was a whirlwind experience. The year flew by. It was not without its ups and downs, along with plenty of presentations and assignments but it was a brilliant experience. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing it. It gives you an opportunity to further your studies along with the opportunity to get to know people you may not have known before or may not have known well in Undergraduate. It was truly a great year with a group of amazing people. – Ciara
The Masters was without question a brilliant experience. Our year were so lucky in that we had many familiar faces doing it together which only added to the experience. We all felt comfortable with one anther which made the lectures fun and enjoyable. The modules themselves will really be beneficial in providing and preparing us with important information and perspectives that may not have necessarily been covered at Undergrad. The lecturers were so friendly, helpful and accommodating as ever and made the whole course a breeze. It is hard to believe how quickly the year flew but I would thoroughly recommend doing this course to anyone wishing to further their professional development in education. ~ Davey
I have taken so much from the MA mainly I have learned to challenge and question, I am not afraid to ask ‘why is that?’ I have come into contact with so many helpful and influential people through Twitter I realise teaching is not a singular job but a communal one. Every teacher should be on Twitter! Most importantly I feel more confident teaching Religion and telling people I am a Religion teacher. Before I hated bringing up the subject of my career but now I feel stronger in standing my ground and arguing Religion’s place in our schools. ~ Liza
We really hope we have helped students this past year with our resources, information, and tips on the blog. We cannot wait to see what Masters students 2016 onwards do and we will keep in touch! Once again, thank you for the positive feedback about our resources and we wish all students on future programmes and the new amalgamation with DCU and St. Pats the very best of luck!
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