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.
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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Occupations in the education sector comprise of the Teachers, Lecturers and Trainers operating in the Primary, Post-Primary and Tertiary education system.
Education affects all citizens and the Department faces many challenges in ensuring that it meets the needs of many stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, management, schools and further and higher education providers, employers, and society generally.