There has been much emphasis in recent years on increasing uptake in third-level courses in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sector as part of a strategy for developing economic growth. There has also been much discussion about improving maths teaching at second-level.
UCD has announced a new option within its DN200 science programme, through which students may graduate with an honours degree and a teaching qualification (BSc/MSc) in maths and sciences.
Applicants to DN200 currently have the choice of four options, BBB, (biological, biomedical and biomolecular sciences), CCS (chemistry and chemical sciences), MPG (mathematical, physical and geological sciences), or they may use the NPF (no preference) option and decide on their preferred stream at the end of the first semester.
The Level 8 honours degree programme normally takes four years. If they wish, graduates of this (and other recognised degrees) can become qualified secondary teachers by taking the post graduate diploma in education (PDE). Currently a one-year postgraduate programme, it is set to extend to two years from 2014. Competition for places is always keen.
With the new option in DN200, students may decide at the end of their second undergraduate year to take the new teaching qualification pathway that builds the teaching qualification into a five-year BSc/ MSc programme.
About 42 places will be held across four different subject groupings, biology and maths education, chemistry and maths education, physics and maths education, or applied maths and maths education. Students will graduate with a BSc at the end of third year, and continue into a two-year masters in mathematical and science education, after which they will be qualified teachers accredited by the Teaching Council.
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