Hibernia College expands programme offerings

Hibernia College specialises in professional degree programmes that are delivered through the medium of blended learning. The College was founded in 2000 with a vision to transform teacher education in the Republic of Ireland by offering increased access and flexibility for all learners. The addition of three new programmes expands the College’s mission to meet this need in other sectors.

Students can now choose from five different accredited programmes. Level 9 options include a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Business Data Analytics, a Professional Master of Education (PME) in Primary Education and a PME in Post-Primary Education. 

Level 8 options include the new Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and the new Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing in General Nursing. This programme is the first of its kind in Ireland, offering undergraduate nurse education through a blended learning model. 

New programmes

The College developed the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education to prepare inclusive and transformative leaders for the early childhood sector. Applications for autumn 2022 are now open. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Business Data Analytics was designed to address the educational and career needs of the modern data professional. This new programme begins in autumn 2022 and is eligible for Springboard+ funding. 

The PME in Primary Education and PME in Post-Primary Education programmes continue to deliver outstanding teacher education — many of the 10,000+ alumni of the well-known programmes occupy senior positions in the school system. Offering two opportunities each year to begin the programme, the College is accepting applications for spring 2022 until 1 February, while applications for autumn 2022 are open until 21 June.

World-class environment

Students at Hibernia College engage in a world-class educational environment that utilises the best in educational technology. Across the College’s blended learning programmes, delivery is both face-to-face and online. The flexible and accessible programme design — combined with training in research, experience in professional practice and the creation of digital professional portfolios — help students remain engaged in their learning process. An emphasis on research ensures that students understand the importance of using evidence-based reflection to continually improve their practice.

In April 2021, the College introduced a new collaborative platform called Cohort. The main aim of the Cohort was designed to help build and sustain communities of learners and communities of practice; when compared with open-source forum software, it has supported an increase in student engagement.

First accredited online third-level institution

Hibernia College is Ireland’s first accredited online third-level institution. Its model of blended learning and use of technology to enhance educational experiences continues to help students meet their career goals. 

According to CEO David Carpenter, the College has other exciting initiatives underway: “As we continue to deliver ambitious programmes through our use of innovative digital technology and offer learners uniquely flexible opportunities to study, we also have several partnership agreements under consideration to further expand our offerings and grow the College.”

To learn more about Hibernia College’s flexible programmes and the application process, contact the Enrolment Team on 01 6610168 (option 2) or you can email advisor@hiberniacollege.net.

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