Mater Dei Institute of Education

Introduction

Mater Dei Institute of Education is a foundation of the Archdiocese of Dublin, a College of Dublin City University and a designated higher education institution under the Higher Education Authority.

The Institute was established in 1966 as a third-level Catholic College of Education specialising in the academic and professional formation of Religious Educators and Teachers for post-primary schools in Ireland. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is the Patron of the Institute. In 1999 the Institute became a College of Dublin City University. In the context of its linkage with the University, the Institute's strategic plan - Religion, Education and the Arts: Teaching and Learning in a Changing Ireland 2003-2008 was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern TD.

The Institute is distinctive in its adoption of the concurrent model of teacher education. Over many years the Institute has developed several postgraduate programmes to further enhance its contribution to schooling, pastoral care and chaplaincy. In the years since its foundation the Institute has had an important and positive influence on the development of Irish education - primarily, albeit not exclusively, in the area of religious education - in terms of its on-going work of teacher education, the very significant contribution of its graduates and the research and publications of its staff. Mater Dei Institute has responded to the changing needs of the educational sector by pioneering the professional training of school chaplains. Its involvement in this area has led to its development of professional training for other forms of pastoral care. Moreover, its awareness of the enormous changes that have occurred in Irish society in the last 30 years has prompted the Institute to promote critical reflection and research on the themes of 'Religion and Education' and 'Religion and Culture'. The Institute, through its linkage with Dublin City University, can also award the M.A. and Ph.D. for research.

The Institute is proud of its contribution to the Irish teaching profession over the past thirty-five years and is a willing partner in seeking to maintain and enhance the quality of teacher education. At a time of difficulty for the profession, both nationally and internationally, the Institute commits itself once again to value-added teacher education in terms of recruitment, professional formation, induction and in-career service of teachers. It intends to form teachers who are self-reliant, critically aware and committed to ever improving quality in both teaching and learning in second-level education in Ireland.

In recent years, the Institute has developed the area of Irish Studies in its BA programme. The study of the relationship of religious and cultural identity is particularly appropriate in the Irish context. The hope for reconciliation expressed in the Good Friday Agreement needs intellectual and analytical foundations. This programme of studies will produce graduates who can contribute to the national aim of renewing Irish identity through a dialogue that is enriched by Irish literature, history and religion. The careful intellectual analysis of these areas should yield an understanding predicated on respect and tolerance of difference. The combination of Religious Studies and Irish Studies is particularly appropriate. In few countries has the influence of religion been so pervasive as in Ireland. Both for good and for ill, religious consciousness has permeated the minds of the Irish both at home and in the diaspora. This degree will give graduates insights into the interface of religion and society.

In our strategic plan we reflect on what it is to be a Catholic College in a changing world. "Mater Dei Institute asserts its unique position as a mediator between Irish Catholicism and Irish culture rather than simply embracing the latest trends of society, whether they are driven by the market or ideologically. The Institute is an important site where Christianity can negotiate openly with a plurality of other cultures, attitudes and systems of belief and no belief, and advocates the necessity of this negotiation by inviting people of all persuasions to participate in it."

I hope that this site will give you a flavour of the various aspects of the life of the Institute.

Andrew G. McGrady

Director

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M.A. in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to work in the above contexts who seek to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination. [+]

Interested in: Primary Schools Post-Primary Schools Third Level Institutes Prisons / Young Offenders Parish Communities Youth and Young Adult Groups Community / Voluntary Sector The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to work in the above contexts who seek to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination. Flexible Scheduling: 1 Year Full-time / 2 Year Part-time This Chaplaincy course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time: Classes take place in MDI on 1 afternoon/evening and 1 day per week and 8 Saturdays throughout the academic year Part-time: Classes take place in MDI on Monday evenings and on 8 Saturdays throughout the academic year. Modules (offered cyclically) Participants who wish to obtain a Master's Award must take the following academic and professional taught modules: The Theology of Ministry (10 ECTS Credits) Cultures, Religions and Pastoral Ethics (10 ECTS Credits) Spirituality and Ritual in Context (10 ECTS Credits) Spiritual Accompaniment & Pastoral Counselling (10 ECTS Credits) Professional, Spiritual and Pastoral Development and Supervision (2 Modules, 20 ECTS Credits) In addition, participants will complete a Research Module (30 ECTS Credits), which includes a minor thesis. Continuing Professional Development and Placement Full-time: The Professional Development module includes an on-going placement as a student chaplain either in a primary school, post-primary school, a prison, a third level institute, a parish community or a youth / young adult group. The placement... [-]

M.A. in Ethics - Corporate Responsibility

Campus Part time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The pathway is designed to provide participants with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that are needed to design and manage within organisations the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. Participants will learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations. [+]

The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is a specialist pathway within the MA in Ethics offered jointly by Dublin City University and Mater Dei Institute of Education in partnership with the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI). The pathway is designed to provide participants with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that are needed to design and manage within organisations the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. Participants will learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations. The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years. It leads to the award by Dublin City University of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility). The Corporate Responsibility pathway has been developed as a response to the ongoing demand for knowledge, skills and competence in business ethics and corporate responsibility. Lectures are driven by a creative and active integration between theory and practice, which is facilitated by collaborative group learning, discussions, debate and analysis of various case scenarios. The programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from MDI, the DCU Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School, the DCU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics in Financial Services. Who is this MA for? The programme is part of a professional development framework for ACOI members and for individuals within the wider business community who wish to develop their leadership skills for Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility roles within organisations.The pathway... [-]

M.A. in Poetry Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

The MA in Poetry Studies is a pioneering Poetry course that provides students, teachers and practitioners of poetry with specialised skills in the appreciation of the art-form. Through this programme, we are reaching out to various communities, both professional and non-professional, with an interest in expanding their understanding of poetry through lifelong learning. [+]

Innovative and exciting work in Poetry Studies takes place at MDI, with its Irish Centre for Poetry Studies and electronic journal POST: A Poetry Studies Review. The MA in Poetry Studies is a pioneering Poetry course that provides students, teachers and practitioners of poetry with specialised skills in the appreciation of the art-form. Through this programme, we are reaching out to various communities, both professional and non-professional, with an interest in expanding their understanding of poetry through lifelong learning. MDI has strong links with Portugal’s University of Coimbra, the only other European institution currently offering a comparable MA in Poetry Studies. Possibilities exist for student exchanges, or for MDI students to visit Coimbra and experience their internationally-celebrated Meeting of Poets, which takes place biennially. Irish Centre for Poetry Studies - History, Mission, Values Since its creation in 2007, The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at Mater Dei has succeeded in its foundational aims, which were to secure a reputation for excellence and provide a base for poetry-related scholarship. Its peer-reviewed journal POST has just published its third issue, a fourth is close to readiness, and it has already established itself as a unique site with an international reputation where poetry receives an interdisciplinary analysis, seeing the art as a uniquely various form of cultural transmission. The Centre has also successfully developed the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, a programme that has succeeded in attracting at least 12 students (both part-time and full-time) in every year that it has... [-]

M.A. in Religion and Education

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This programme of studies is primarily aimed at those interested in the teaching of religious education in second-level schools. [+]

Specialise in one of three streams: Digital Learning Mentoring and Leadership Religious Education Introduction Are you interested in religious education in post-primary schools? Would you like time to consider the issues facing religion and education in contemporary Ireland? Do you want to develop new resources and approaches to your teaching of religion? Have you wondered how to best approach religious education in a multi-cultural and multi-faith classroom? As a graduate programme, participants will develop research skills in specific topics in religion and education. Upon successful completion of this programme the graduate will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current issues in Religion and Education Demonstrate a capacity for in-depth research in specific topics of RE Develop complex analytical and interpretative skills in the spheres of Religion and Education Assume responsibility for work within professional and pastoral contexts, with individuals and groups Investigate and reflect on educational, religious and theological values and thereby contribute effectively to change in society. Programme Content This programme of studies is primarily aimed at those interested in the teaching of religious education in second-level schools. It is of particular relevance to those interested in: Contemporary theory and practice of religious education Using digital technology in the RE classroom Developing new resources and approaches to the teaching of religion Faith development in the school Developing professional expertise in the area of religion and education It should be noted that the programme does not lead to a teaching qualification in Religious Education. Topics Students are required... [-]

M.A. in Theology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Ireland Dublin + 1 more

This taught Masters programme is located in a vibrant School of Theology which offers a variety of opportunities for specialized teaching and research in an interdisciplinary context. Theology in MDI is rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, engaged in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, with a commitment to global and social justice and the promotion of human rights. [+]

This taught Masters programme is located in a vibrant School of Theology which offers a variety of opportunities for specialized teaching and research in an interdisciplinary context. Theology in MDI is rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, engaged in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, with a commitment to global and social justice and the promotion of human rights. Postgraduate programmes in theology are open to students interested in research in the areas of systematic theology, theological ethics, philosophical theology, biblical theology and pastoral theology. The MA in Theology course is of particular interest to those aiming to progress to doctoral research, but it also attracts teachers of Religious Education, chaplains, clergy and pastoral workers. Persons wishing to pursue theological studies in the context of life-long learning are also encouraged to apply. Modules Participants who wish to obtain a Master's Award must complete six modules from the following list of indicative modules: Christology in Dialogue with Culture Today Contemporary Continental Philosophy and the Question of God Contemporary Issues in Ecclesiology Contemporary Issues in Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue Eschatology: The Denial of Death and the Eclipse of Hope The Bible Now and Then: Biblical Interpretation in Historical and Contemporary Perspective Philosophy and God: Selected Readings Reading Augustine: Confessions and the City of God Religion and Belief in a Secular Age Sacramental Theology The Church in the City: Early Christian Communities Theological Anthropology and Political Theology: Rahner’s Legacy Theological and Religious Perspectives on Ethics Muslim and Christian Engagement with Faith and Reason In addition... [-]

MA in Ethics

Campus Part time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

This MA in Ethics course provides participants with knowledge, skills and competence to examine ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas in professional and public life from a wide spectrum of ethical worldviews and theories. The course provides participants with a grounding in the foundations of ethics, human rights and social justice. [+]

The MA in Ethics is jointly run by the Institute of Ethics at Dublin City University (DCU) and Mater Dei Institute of Education (MDI). This MA in Ethics course provides participants with knowledge, skills and competence to examine ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas in professional and public life from a wide spectrum of ethical worldviews and theories. The course provides participants with a grounding in the foundations of ethics, human rights and social justice. Participants will also develop the necessary ethical analysis and decision-making skills to apply ethical perspectives and principles to real-life and professional dilemmas. As such the programme aims to "add value" to continuing professional development. Upon successful completion of the course of study for this award, a graduate will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of ethical theories and principles that are at the forefront of general and applied ethics. Display a critical awareness of contemporary public and professional ethical issues together with new ethical insights developed and informed by a variety of philosophical, theological, human rights, intercultural and other perspectives. Analyse specific ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas arising from contemporary work, professional activity and public life. The course equips participants with a comprehensive foundation in theoretical and applied ethics and the necessary skills to evaluate soundly and confront confidently a range of important contemporary ethical challenges. Who is this MA for? The course is designed for graduates and professionals working in the areas of: Education and Teaching Management Health Care Medical Practice... [-]

Professional M.A. in Healthcare Chaplaincy

Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The Professional MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy offers students a multidisciplinary approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy. It provides academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional education for people who wish to work in Healthcare settings. [+]

The Professional MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy offers students a multidisciplinary approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy. It provides academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional education for people who wish to work in Healthcare settings. Who is this MA programme for? The programme is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in Healthcare Chaplaincy in a variety of approved healthcare contexts including: Hospitals Hospices Rehabilitation Facilities Nursing Homes & Care Facilities The course is offered on a one year full-time, three semester basis only. Upon successful completion of this programme the Graduate will be able to: Demonstrate an ability to engage in a holistic manner with the Chaplaincy needs of patients, residents, family, staff and wider community, Exhibit self knowledge to a degree that permits pastoral care to be offered within the contexts of his/her strengths and limitations Be aware of and articulate how their feelings and attitudes, values and assumptions affect their ministry Be competent in reflecting theologically and facilitating that process in others. Give evidence of understanding current theological, spiritual and ethical issues that confront chaplains Demonstrate an ability to articulate and empathise around spiritual, moral and medical issues Demonstrate an ability to understand and help others discover the meaning in the experience of suffering, grief and loss Demonstrate the facility to integrate theology of ministry and pastoral practice Understand the operational systems in the healthcare setting Engage sensitively in faith conversation and faith development initiatives in an invitational and inclusive manner. Exhibit competence as a reflective practitioner and openness... [-]