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Bachelor of Education - Home Economics with Irish
Course Code: AS003
Award: Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.) Level 8
This programme is accredited by NUI Galway
Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate Subject Requirement:
 2 HC3 + 4 OD3 or higher

  • Irish (minimum HC3)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • A laboratory science subject or Home Economics
  • A third language
Any one other subject recognised for matriculation purposes    
Duration: 4 Years
Special Entry: Mature Entry (limited places available)
Next Intake:

Programme Overview
The aim of the programme is to prepare students to teach Irish in second level schools. The course provides students with a knowledge of the Irish language; its culture, heritage and literature. Particular emphasis is placed on the living language during the course and special attention paid to subjects pertaining to the teaching profession and to the encouragement of reading literature in Irish. Please refer to the general overview of this programme for details on the Home Economics and Education components.

Irish Module Outline:

Year 1

The Decline and Revival of Irish / Beginnings of Contemporary Literature
The Development of Drama in Irish
Language Studies in Irish

Year 2

The Living Language
Literature in Irish
Language Studies in Irish

Year 3

Literature and Culture Studies in Irish I
Literature and Culture Studies in Irish II
Language Studies in Irish

Year 4

Research Project
Detailed analysis of literary works in Irish
Language Studies in Irish

Further Studies
Students who obtain Bachelor of Education (Home Economics with Irish) degree may pursue further studies in the areas of Irish, Home Economics or Education. In addition graduates with an honours degree may be admitted to postgraduate study at Master and Doctorate level.

Further Studies

General Overview of Bachelor of Education Programme

Bachelor of Education Programme – Home Economics

The Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)-Home Economics Honours Degree programme is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway and recognised by the Teaching Council. It consists of three main components: Home Economics, Education with one of the following disciplines: Science/Biology, Religious Education, Gaeilge or Economics and Consumer Studies/Business Studies.

The four year professional and academic qualification is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for teaching Home Economics and either Biology, Religious Education, Gaeilge or Economics and Consumer Studies/Business Studies in the post-primary sector and in the Special, Community or Post-compulsory sectors.

In general, the B Ed degree aims to provide a cohesive, cumulative Initial Teacher Education programme and endeavours to foster in students an ability to engage in professionally relevant critical thinking and reflective practice.  The concurrent nature of the four-year programme facilitates a gradual build-up of attitudes, values, knowledge, understanding, competencies, personal and professional confidence and self-awareness. Throughout the programme theory is related to practice, connecting content knowledge with teaching methods, and teaching strategies with student learning and development. It facilitates the provision of an experiential gradient and continuum of teaching activity, accompanied by an emphasis on self-evaluation and reflection.

Home Economics Component:

Home Economics may be defined as the integrated application of relevant disciplines to problems of life and living for the betterment of the individual, family and society. The study of Home Economics includes the interrelated areas of Food Studies, Textiles, Fashion and Design and Family Resource Management. The scientific components underpinning these areas include; Physics, Chemistry, Food, Science, Microbiology and Design Studies and are integrated across the different years of the programme, thus enabling students to develop a conceptual understanding of scientific facts related to the discipline.

Education Components

The Education components of the degree programme aim to provide a comprehensive theoretical framework for investigating and analysing educational concepts and their application in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Students study the Foundation Disciplines of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) including History, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology of Education which incorporates Special Educational Needs and Development Education and the Professional Preparation and Development aspects, including Curriculum Studies, General and Specific Teaching Methodologies, Educational Research, Information and Communication Technologies, Audio Visual Aids, Micro-teaching and Teaching Practice.

Microteaching and Teaching Practice are integral components of the programme and offer a unique interface between Education and the subject disciplines.  During their progressive development as student-teachers, students are empowered to form connections between teaching and learning theory and planning and practice, and experience the practical application of theory to practice through their involvement in microteaching and teaching in a variety of school and educational settings within the context of a structured, developmental and supportive programme framework.

Core Module Outline

Year 1

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Food Preparation & Culinary Skills, & Nutrition, Diet & Health
Introduction to Textiles & Design
Family Resource Management
Basic Chemistry A
ICT 

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 1: Psychology & History of Education
Professional Preparation and Development 1: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Microteaching & Teaching Practice

Year 2

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Food Science & Nutrition
Family Resource Management 
Textiles & Design
Basic Physics A

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 2: Psychology & Sociology of Education, Curriculum Studies
Professional Preparation and Development 2: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Microteaching & Teaching Practice
ICT

Year 3

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Nutritional & Sensory Sciences
Food Microbiology, Processing and Preservation
Family Resource Management
Textiles, Fashion and Design

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 3: Psychology of Education, Curriculum Studies & Education Research Methods
Professional Preparation and Development 3: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Education Research Applied, Microteaching & Teaching Practice

Year 4

Home Economics Core Modules:

Food Quality, Nutrition and Health
Contemporary Issues in Home Economics
Dissertation

Optional Pathways:
Students select one optional area:

  • Nutritional Food Product Development
  • Social, Personal and Health Education
  • Textiles, Fashion and Design
  • Interior Design

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 4: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, Philosophy of Education, Critical Debates in Educational Psychology
Professional Preparation and Development 4:  Special Community & Post Compulsory Education (SCPCE), Specific Teaching Methodology (Elective), Teaching Practice (Elective & SCPCE Placements)
Sociology of Education

Career Opportunities
Graduates are provided with a professional and academic qualification to pursue careers in the field of education, research and industry. Home Economists may also make the transition into other diverse fields, i.e., Business, Marketing, IT, Public Sector.

Career Opportunities

Downloads & Other Information

Programme Brochure
Undergraduate Prospectus

General Overview


Bachelor of Education Programme

Bachelor of Education Programme – Home Economics

The Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)-Home Economics Honours Degree programme is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway and recognised by the Teaching Council. It consists of three main components: Home Economics, Education with one of the following disciplines: Science/Biology, Religious Education, Gaeilge or Economics and Consumer Studies/Business Studies.

The four year professional and academic qualification is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for teaching Home Economics and either Biology, Religious Education, Gaeilge or Economics and Consumer Studies/Business Studies in the post-primary sector and in the Special, Community or Post-compulsory sectors.

In general, the B Ed degree aims to provide a cohesive, cumulative Initial Teacher Education programme and endeavours to foster in students an ability to engage in professionally relevant critical thinking and reflective practice.  The concurrent nature of the four-year programme facilitates a gradual build-up of attitudes, values, knowledge, understanding, competencies, personal and professional confidence and self-awareness. Throughout the programme theory is related to practice, connecting content knowledge with teaching methods, and teaching strategies with student learning and development. It facilitates the provision of an experiential gradient and continuum of teaching activity, accompanied by an emphasis on self-evaluation and reflection.

Home Economics Component:

Home Economics may be defined as the integrated application of relevant disciplines to problems of life and living for the betterment of the individual, family and society. The study of Home Economics includes the interrelated areas of Food Studies, Textiles, Fashion and Design and Family Resource Management. The scientific components underpinning these areas include; Physics, Chemistry, Food, Science, Microbiology and Design Studies and are integrated across the different years of the programme, thus enabling students to develop a conceptual understanding of scientific facts related to the discipline.

Education Components

The Education components of the degree programme aim to provide a comprehensive theoretical framework for investigating and analysing educational concepts and their application in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Students study the Foundation Disciplines of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) including History, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology of Education which incorporates Special Educational Needs and Development Education and the Professional Preparation and Development aspects, including Curriculum Studies, General and Specific Teaching Methodologies, Educational Research, Information and Communication Technologies, Audio Visual Aids, Micro-teaching and Teaching Practice.

Microteaching and Teaching Practice are integral components of the programme and offer a unique interface between Education and the subject disciplines.  During their progressive development as student-teachers, students are empowered to form connections between teaching and learning theory and planning and practice, and experience the practical application of theory to practice through their involvement in microteaching and teaching in a variety of school and educational settings within the context of a structured, developmental and supportive programme framework.

Core Module Outline

Year 1

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Food Preparation & Culinary Skills, & Nutrition, Diet & Health
Introduction to Textiles & Design
Family Resource Management
Basic Chemistry A
ICT 

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 1: Psychology & History of Education
Professional Preparation and Development 1: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Microteaching & Teaching Practice

Year 2

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Food Science & Nutrition
Family Resource Management 
Textiles & Design
Basic Physics A

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 2: Psychology & Sociology of Education, Curriculum Studies
Professional Preparation and Development 2: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Microteaching & Teaching Practice
ICT

Year 3

Home Economics Modules:

Food Studies: Nutritional & Sensory Sciences
Food Microbiology, Processing and Preservation
Family Resource Management
Textiles, Fashion and Design

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 3: Psychology of Education, Curriculum Studies & Education Research Methods
Professional Preparation and Development 3: General & Specific Teaching Methodology (HE & Elective), Education Research Applied, Microteaching & Teaching Practice

Year 4

Home Economics Core Modules:

Food Quality, Nutrition and Health
Contemporary Issues in Home Economics
Dissertation

Optional Pathways:
Students select one optional area:

  • Nutritional Food Product Development
  • Social, Personal and Health Education
  • Textiles, Fashion and Design
  • Interior Design

Education Modules:

Understanding Education 4: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives, Philosophy of Education, Critical Debates in Educational Psychology
Professional Preparation and Development 4:  Special Community & Post Compulsory Education (SCPCE), Specific Teaching Methodology (Elective), Teaching Practice (Elective & SCPCE Placements)
Sociology of Education

Contact Details

Ms. Máire de Búrca
Léachtóir
T: 353 71 9195574
E: mdeburca@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Moira Capilitan
Secretary to the President
T: 353 71 9195500
E:mcapilitan@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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