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An alternative is to take a Professional Masters in Education (Primary School), for which applicants must hold a minimum Level 8 degree in any discipline. Many students considering this route will opt to take an Arts degree, which is shorter than some others - normally three years. Arts degrees allow students to study subjects relevant to both the primary and secondary curriculum, and those who do not achieve a higher level C3 in Leaving Cert. Students can meet the Irish requirement for primary school teaching by passing Irish in the first year of their Arts degree.

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

I want to do primary school teaching. If I don't get into the BEd, what is the best alternative course to pursue?

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An alternative is to take a Professional Masters in Education (Primary School), for which applicants must hold a minimum Level 8 degree in any discipline. Many students considering this route will opt to take an Arts degree, which is shorter than some others - normally three years. Arts degrees allow students to study subjects relevant to both the primary and secondary curriculum, and those who do not achieve a higher level C3 in Leaving Cert. Students can meet the Irish requirement for primary school teaching by passing Irish in the first year of their Arts degree.

I would suggest that students choose a degree in an area that they would be happy to pursue as an alternative career, in case they change their mind about primary teaching. While pursuing an alternative degree, a student can improve their chances of being accepted to the Masters in Professional Education by maintaining and improving their level of Irish.

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