Teaching careers span a wide range of settings and the work can vary depending on the ages being worked with, working with pre-schoolers is a very different kind of teaching to that undertaken by a university academic, juggling in depth teaching with their own research and writing. You can find yourself teaching adults too, such as workplace training or those going back to education to help them switch careers.
With 167,600 persons employed in the 4th quarter of 2017 the education sector made up 7.5% of national employment. Employment rose by 20.6% between 2012 to 2017, meaning an additional 11,400 persons employed in the sector.
The National Skills Bulletin 2018 notes it is proving difficult to source qualified secondary teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the near future as the population grows.
There are a variety of voluntary educational options for children before they enter primary school. Options for parents include crèches, nurseries, pre-schools, naíonraí and playgroups.
Two routes to an appropriate teaching qualification are, taking a four-year Bachelor of Education course or, if you have taken a non-teaching undergraduate, you may pursue the Professional Master of Education in Primary Teaching.
In contrast to primary teaching, second level teachers will specialise in subjects, delivering classes on them to a variety of years. This demand to master a subject represent a different challenge to that facing primary school teachers, who must maintain a knowledge base across a number of subject areas.
The majority of university lecturers will have acquired a PhD, their first encounter with teaching will have been conducting seminars, tutorials or grinds to earn income while working towards their PhD.
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