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How do I Qualify as a Secondary School Teacher?
The School of Education UCC offers two routes to qualifying as a secondary school (post- primary) teacher.
Route 1: This route is often called the undergraduate route because those who enter through this route usually do not have a degree but enter the programme directly from secondary school. (There are some exceptions, e.g. in the BEd Science Education undergraduate degree you can enter into third year of the programme if you have a minimum level 7 qualification in science).
This route involves you studying in UCC for four years. When you graduate you will be recognised by the Teaching Council as a fully qualified teacher. The School of Education offers three undergraduate degrees.
Route 2: This route is often called the postgraduate route because those who enter the route already have a degree and spend a further two years in the Professional Masters of Education (PME) programme. This programme is offered by the School of Education, UCC and graduates are recognised by the Teaching Council as qualified secondary school teachers.