Education: Id Est Project

Professional Master of Education

Integrating Development Education into Student Teacher Practice (Id Est), is a project run by the School of Education UCC.

The ‘Id Est’ Project has been running since 2014 and is led by Dr Stephen O’Brien and Dr Gertrude Cotter. Its main aim is to integrate Development Education into UCC’s Professional Master of Education (PME) programme, with a view to building the capacity of student teachers to integrate Development Education into their classrooms and schools, and building the capacity of UCC’s School of Education to integrate Development and Global Citizenship Education (DGCE) across its teaching and learning activities at local, national and international levels.

The School of Education at UCC is committed to the lifelong professional development, support and empowerment of educators. It offers and integrates a wide range of approaches to pedagogy that instil broad knowledge, values and skills which student teachers will carry into their personal lives and professional careers. One such approach is that of Development and Global Citizenship Education (DGCE). Through the ‘Id Est’ Project, we actively encourage students to integrate DGCE into their Post-primary teaching. Nationally, the project aligns with Irish Aid’s Development Education Strategy 2017–2023. Internationally, it aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically4.7 which aims: By 2030, [to] ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. Indeed one of the targets for SDG 4.7 is focused on the extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in: (a) national education policies, (b) curricula, (c) teacher education and (d)student assessment.


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