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Award Type and NFQ Level: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
Course code: SCEDP
CAO/PAC code: MH212
Points: 420
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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If you are interested in a career as a second-level science and/or mathematics teacher, this may be the degree for you.

You will study with the Maynooth University Department of Education who are committed to reflecting on and interrogating the purposes, principles and values underpinning educational policy, practice and theory. You will take a five year route to second-level teaching instead of a six-year route.

Why choose this degree?

As an undergraduate, you will study a four-year Science degree, while also completing 60 credits in Education.

After four years you are awarded a BSc Science (with Education) degree a level 8 honours degree. You now have two pathways open to you:

  1. You can choose to exit your studies with your level 8 qualification and take a different path in your education or career.
  2. You can continue with your studies to become a fully qualified teacher. This means you complete one further year of study at postgraduate level - required in order to meet the Teaching Council requirements to be registered as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in two subjects. Having graduated with your Level 8 BSc Science (with Education) degree, you are guaranteed your place in this postgraduate year. At the end of year five of your studies, you will be a fully qualified second-level science and mathematics teacher, up to Leaving Certificate level. Through this pathway you are fully qualified after five years rather than taking the six year route (details of the six-year route are outlined in the next bullet point above).

For those students who may not achieve the points necessary to secure a place on MH212, an alternative, six-year route to second-level teaching is available. You can take the BSc Bachelor of Science degree (MH201) for four years and then apply for a place on the Level 9 Professional Master of Education degree. The PME is a two-year, full-time programme designed to qualify graduates to teach at second level. Entry to the PME is competitive and is not guaranteed to graduates of the BSc Bachelor of Science degree.

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