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 What other route is there into Primary Teaching if I don’t get the points?

If a student wants to become primary teaching alternatively to not having the required points they should undertake a level 8 degree in an area of interest or choose subjects that they have an interest in and use this degree to apply for the PME along with holding the Irish, English & Maths requirements from the leaving certificate.

 Why would I study the BA (DC009) rather than the BEd (DC002)?

Many students who want to teach but are undecided as to primary or secondary teaching undertake the BA (DC009) so that during the 3 years of study they can decide with route of Post Graduate study to take afterwards.

 How do I qualify as a Gaeltacht applicant for BEd (DC003)?

To qualify as a Gaeltacht applicant, the person must be resident in an officially-designated Gaeltacht area and it must be confirmed that the normal language of the home is Irish. 

 Is there Garda Vetting for students who study Education?

Garda vetting is required for all students who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults as part of their studies at DCU.  Applicants must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the registration process. 

 If I go to an all Irish school and live in a city or large town am I eligible to apply under DC003 for the BEd?

No, you must be resident in an officially designated Gaeltacht area. 

 If I start another course in DCU can I transfer into the BEd?

No, students can only transfer in the BEd if they have started a BEd in another college. 

 What does a year of study involve on the BEd (DC002)?

The academic year starts with Semester l from September – December. Semester 2 starts from January – May. With roughly 25 hours per week contact time. BEd students attend the Gaeltacht over the Easter period in year 1 and year 3.

First year BEd students undertake 1 day a week school placement in Semester 2 plus a full week in June.

Second year BEd students undertake 4 weeks of a school placement

Third year BEd students undertake 10 weeks of a school placement  

Fourth year BEd students undertake 10 weeks of a school placement    

 What FETAC courses are accepted for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (DC001)?

Students with FETAC Level 5 qualifications in 5M2009 or DCHSC Childcare may be admitted on a competitive basis to first year of the programme. A full FETAC Level 5 major award certificate must be achieved with distinctions in five modules, 4 of which must be in the modules below:
5N1765 or D20159 Child health and wellbeing / 5N1764 or D20005 Child Development / 5N1773 or D20007 Early Childhood Education/ 5N1770 D20153 Working in childcare/ 5N1356 Work experience/ 5N0690 Communications

 What can I work at if I study the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE)?

As a graduate of the BECE, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers in a range of contexts. For example, you might decide to become an educator or manager in a preschool, Naíonra or crèche. You may decide to set up your own business, to become an early years inspector or a training coordinator. Opportunities are also available with national voluntary organisations, city and county childcare committees, statutory bodies and development agencies. 

 Is there school placement as part of the BECE?

There are approximately 1,000 hours of placement during the 4 year course where you will be working with age groups from 0 – 6 years of age in a wide range of early childhood settings.

 What is involved in the BECE course?

The course involves knowledge and skills of how best to care for children and to support development and learning from birth to 6 years of age.

 What age groups would students of the BECE study?

Babies - birth to 18 months, Toddles – 1 to 3 years and Young children – 3 to 6 years of age.

 What is the time table for the BECE like?

The academic year starts with Semester l from September – December.  Semester 2 starts from January – May with week one of semester 2 spent on placement followed by 2 days per week thereafter until May.

 How many students are on the BECE course?

There are 65 places available each year on this course. 

 For DC004 Bachelor of Education (restricted entry - Church of Ireland) in addition to meeting the required points / grades what additional steps are required?

Entry to DC004 is a restricted pathway as outlined in our prospectus. This route is restricted to candidates from Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Baptist and other reformed Christian backgrounds. Applicants must have had DC004 listed on your CAO application by Feb 1, 2019, this course does not fall under the Change of Mind option. Students with Grade H6 on Higher Level or 05 on Ordinary Level Irish may be offered places but only if there are insufficient candidates with the honours Irish requirement. Candidates with H6 on Higher level Irish take precedence over those who have obtained Grade 05 at Ordinary Level. At present, all 32 places on DC004 BEd are reserved for those belonging to the various reformed Christian denominations. All entrants to this strand of the BEd programme must also be aware of and willing to support the distinctive ethos of Protestant primary schools. Eligible candidates are required to complete a supplementary form and pass a qualifying interview to be considered for a place on the programme