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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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AS002
Education, Home Economics and Religious Education - with concurrent Teacher Education

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This course consists of three main elements: Home Economics, Education and Religious Education. 

The study of Home Economics includes the interrelated areas of Food Studies, Textiles, Fashion, Design and Family Resource Management. The scientific components underpinning these disciplines include; Art & Design; Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Microbiology are integrated across all years of the programme.

The Religious Education elective includes modules incorporating topics such as: the search for meaning and the question of God, introduction to religious education, biblical studies, Christianity: historical and contemporary viewpoints, world religions, foundational ethics, ritual and sacrament, Christology, ethical and moral issues, critical issues in religious education, systems of secular belief, critical contemporary debates in systematic theology and philosophy of religion, creation and eschatology, philosophical and theological anthropology and religion and culture in Ireland along with modules on topics specific to religious education.

In order to qualify to teach, students must progress into Stage 5 which carries the award Professional Master of Education (P.M.E.) at NFQ Level 9.

 

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AS002 - Education, Home Economics and Religious Education - with concurrent Teacher Education
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Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach Home Economics and Religious Education at all levels in the post-primary sector.

In order to qualify to teach, students must progress into Stage 5 which carries the award Professional Master of Education (P.M.E.) at NFQ Level 9.

Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage. However, students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4 before they can progress into Stage 5.

Graduates are provided with a professional and academic qualification which enables them to also pursue careers in a wide range of fields including; Education, Home Economics, Food, Textiles, Applied Science and Religious Education. 



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