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Education - Primary Teaching - Gaeltacht Applicants

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Iarratasóirí Gaeltachta Amháin

In Institiúidí Ardoideachais, is féidir suas go 10% de na háiteanna ar na cúrsaí múinteoireachta sa bhunoideachas, a bheith curtha in áirithe d'iarratasóirí Gaeltachta. Caithfidh an t-iarratasóir a bheith ina c(h)ónaí in áit atá ainmnithe go hoifigiúil mar Ghaeltacht agus caithfear a bheith in ann a dheimhniú gurb í an Ghaeilge gnáth-theanga bhaile an iarratasóra. Féadann iarratasóirí Gaeltachta iarratas a chur isteach ar DC002 agus DC003 araon, más mian leo.

In this course you will gain the skills required to handle the complex, challenging and ever-changing primary education environment. 

The course will enable you to develop your subject knowledge of the Primary School Curriculum, deepen your understandings of how children learn and how schools work, and also provide an opportunity to develop your classroom management skills. You will be prepared to teach in the full range of primary schools including Gaelscoileanna, Educate Together and Community National Schools.

The Conferring of Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Doctorates by Dublin City University in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra took place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November. Over the two days we asked some of the graduates of our BEd and BA Courses what their fondest memories were of being a student of St Patrick's College....this is what they had to say!
Labraíonn léachtóir Máire Ní Bhaoill agus beirt mhac léinn SPD faoina staidéar trí Ghaeilge agus úsáid na teanga i gcúrsaí soisialta sa Choláiste.
The DCU Incorporation with St Patrick's College, Drumcondra and Mater Dei Institute Explained
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This course is still being run on the St. Patricks Campus, but you register as a DCU student.

Teaching is a highly skilled and challenging activity – it requires expert knowledge, but also the ability to apply that knowledge flexibly and to adapt it quickly to new situations. Teachers must be able to handle unexpected events in the classroom and to use these imaginatively to promote learning.

We will give you the opportunities you need to develop

  • your subject knowledge,
  • your understandings of how children learn
  • how schools work
  • your classroom management skills.

For further information please click here

Our BEd is designed to help you become a skilled and creative teacher. All students study Education modules, do 30 weeks School Placement and visit the Gaeltacht for four weeks. You will also study specialisms relevant to teaching. You’ll be part of a small study group (a tutorial group) and this will give you a chance to share your experiences of school placement and your thoughts on course content.

You will cover the basics needed for teaching in Years 1 and 2. In Year 3, you will review what you have learned to date and will apply it in different situations. Year 4 focuses on deepening your expertise and developing your research skills.

Students spend time in schools in each year, with extended full-semester placements in each of Years 3 and 4. You will start by observing the class teacher and will build up gradually to teaching all day. Throughout your placements, you will be supported by both faculty and school staff.

In Year One students take three Foundations in Humanities and Science modules from English, French, Gaeilge, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies and Science. You can continue with one of these as a Major Specialism in Years Two to Four, or may decide to opt for Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Physical Education or Special and Inclusive Education.

BEd students can take an additional optional qualification, Certificate in Religious Studies, and modules in Primary Religious Education in each of Years Two, Three and Four.

For further information please click here

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Students spend time in schools each year with extended placements in years Three and Four. 

This degree leads to a variety of careers as teachers, principals, and inspectors in primary schools and also affords opportunities to work in Government Departments, and other National Voluntary Organisations.

(On successful completion graduates can register as primary teachers with the Teaching Council of Ireland.)

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