Applying for the B.Ed via the Church of Ireland Centre pathway (DC004)
THE CIC PATHWAY:
Students on the Church of Ireland Centre’s pathway study the B.Ed programme along with their classmates in DCU. Certain elements of the programme are unique to them.
- The CIC students do the majority of their School Placements in Protestant primary schools.
- They study the RE Cert to prepare to teach the Follow Me religious education programme used in Protestant primary schools and learn about the ethos of those schools.
- They take modules that study Christianity from a reformed perspective, look at world faiths, explore social and moral issues, and study the RE programmes and cultures of all types of Irish primary schools.
- They follow the specialism to prepare them to teach in small schools and multi-level classes. The aptitudes learned in this specialism benefit all those studying to be primary teachers. There are five modules in this specialism:
- teaching in multi-level classes
- inclusive classrooms
- early years teaching
- project-based learning in the classroom and the school
- working and leading in small schools
Application is made via the CAO. Applicants need to include DC004 in their CAO choices by 1st February on the year of entry in order to be considered for eligibility.
Students on this pathway need to demonstrate a knowledge of, and willingness to support, the Protestant ethos of these primary schools. Such knowledge and connection can include attendance at primary or post-primary schools under Protestant patronage, active engagement in a range of social and other clubs and activities (e.g. GFS, BB, GB, Church youth club). It can also include engagement with a parish or church or religious network in any of the Protestant traditions .
Eligibility is assessed by a separate application form sent out from DCU in the Spring. Applicants may be interviewed to assess eligibility.
There are a maximum of 32 students per year given places in this stream in 1st year. The published points vary from year to year due to the small number of places on offer. This means it is impossible to pinpoint accurately from year to year.
For more information on the application process check the DCU prospectus and keep an eye on the CIC website for updates.
1st year B.Ed 2018/19
Welcome back after the exams to all 1st years. CIC elements of the timetable for Semester 2 are:
Anne Lodge’s Tutorial group Tuesdays 11am – 12pm
Geraldine O’ Connor’s Tutorial group Tuesday 5pm – 6pm
Gaeilge module Deirdre Ni Chonghaile Thursday 12pm – 1pm
Religions, Ethics, Morals & Values (REMV) Jacqui Wilkinson Thursday 10am – 11am
Follow Me RE Cert Jacqui Wilkinson Thursday 1pm – 2pm
Dianchursa Week 2 Aine Ni Ghlinn 21st – 24th Jan 2019
School Placement in Semester 2 takes place in Protestant schools on 9 Mondays from Feb to April and a full week in late May
2nd year B.Ed 2018/19
Welcome back after the exams to all 2nd years! CIC elements of the timetable for Semester 2 are:
Small Schools Specialism: Teaching in Multi-level Classes Geraldine O’Connor Tuesday 9am – 11am
Religions, Ethics, Morals & Values (REMV) Anne Lodge & Jacqui Wilkinson Friday 12pm – 1pm
Follow Me RE Cert Jacqui Wilkinson Friday 12pm – 1pm
School Placement in Semester 2 takes place in Protestant schools from 25th March – 12th April
3rd year B.Ed 2018/19
Welcome back to all 3rd years following a full semester doing School Placement. CIC elements of the timetable are:
Small Schools Specialism Early Childhood Education Therese Farrell & colleagues Thursday 9am – 11am
Small Schools Specialism Integrated Learning and Project Work Orla Kelly / Geraldine O’Connor Wednesday 11am – 1pm
Religions, Ethics, Morals & Values (REMV) Anne Lodge Wednesday 11am – 12pm
Follow Me RE Cert Jacqui Wilkinson Thursday 12pm – 1pm
4th year CICE legacy B.Ed 2018/19
Best of luck to all 4th years for your final School Placement.
School Placement in Semester 2 takes place in Protestant schools from 11th February – 10th May. Students teach in two different classroom settings for this placement.