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FAQ – New Home Economics Programme

Why is the programme going from four to five years?
The programme is going from four to five years in keeping with Teaching Council recommendations in the areas of subject criteria and guidelines for Initial Teacher Education Programmes. Since 2014 all postgraduate teacher training programmes have become two years long, meaning the number of years of required study across the board has risen to five.

Will the student workload be lighter because of the longer duration?
The student work load will not change significantly.

What qualification will I have after completing the course?
The qualification will be a Professional Master of Education (PME) in Home Economics, NFQ Level 9. 

Can I graduate with a degree after four years and complete the Master of Education at a later date?
Yes. An Exit Award will be available at the end of Year 4.  This will be a BA (Education, Home Economics and Gaeilge or Religious Education or Biology or Economics).

Will I automatically progress into the Masters after the Undergraduate stage?
Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage (Master of Education). However, students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4 before they can progress into Stage 5.

Will I be qualified to teach after stage 4?
No, students must successfully complete Year 5, Professional Masters in Education (with Home Economics) to gain their teaching qualification recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

What fees apply to the restructured programme?
The current Registration Fee of €2,750 will only be applicable to the first 4 years of the programme. It is our understanding, at this time, that students will be liable for fees in the 5th year as opposed to the State. The fee structure has yet to be negotiated and agreed with the Higher Education Authority. The Registration Fee (€2,750) does not apply to Postgraduate Fees. Fees have yet to be set but we expect them to be in the region of €4,000 for Year 5 of the programme.

What financial assistance will be available?
For the first four years financial assistance will be the same as for other undergraduate courses and details can be found at the following link. http://www.susi.ie
Financial assistance for fees is available to eligible students during the postgraduate year of the course. However, maintenance payments are not available for postgraduate courses. Please see details at the following link. http://www.susi.ie
The Student Assistance Fund is also available to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship.  Please see details at http://www.studentfinance.ie and http://tinyurl.com/studentassist

Will there still be alternative entry routes such as Mature, Access, HEAR, DARE ?
Yes. Contact will need to be made with St. Angela’s Access Officer Karen Kennedy at 071 9195575 or email kkennedy@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

When will the restructured programme come into effect?
September  2015.

What is the breakdown per year of school placements?
B.Ed. 1st Year – 3 weeks – Mainstream Post-primary
B.Ed. 2nd Year – 4 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary
B.Ed. 3rd Year – 4 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary
B.Ed. 4th Year – 10 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary and Special Community and Further Education settings (which are recognised in accordance with Section 10 of the Education Act,1998)

What will the programme be called on the CAO form?

  • AS001 Home Economics with Biology – Second Level Teaching
  • AS002 Home Economics with Religious Education – Second Level Teaching
  • AS003 Home Economics with Irish – Second Level Teaching
  • AS004 Home Economics with Economics – Second Level Teaching

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