Find out what steps you need to take to start your journey at the School of Education. Click on the links below to learn about applying for a programme, coming to Ireland as an international student and finding accommodation in Cork.
After You Arrive
Once you arrive at UCC you can really begin to immerse yourself in the student experience. Find out about student life, what to expect in your first year, and taking part in extra-curricular activities including sports clubs and societies.
Join a society and discover UCC’s incredible tradition, with over 100 societies to chose from. Learn more on the UCC Societies website.
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Meet our Students
Pui Mun Yip
My name is PuiMun Yip and I am from Malaysia. I am a 2021 graduate of Early Years and Childhood Studies in UCC. After I got my result in June, I started my journey of job searching in Cork. During the interviews, I applied the skills and knowledge that I have gained from this course. I was offered with a full-time job in a crèche, working with pre-schoolers, in the middle of July.
Before starting in UCC, I knew that I want to work with children. I then decided to join this course because it offers fundamental theory in different subjects including Psychology, Education and Sociology. These different but interrelated topics within the subjects allowed me to discover my interest in Play Therapy as my future career. I believe that the more experience I obtain through working with children, the more helpful it is for the route of my future career.
Three years of the course has developed me into a confident and resilient self. Not only were we being educated with the academical theories, but also the opportunity to attend placements in second and third year. The placements are valuable experience to me, where I broaden my learning about the profession and put the theories I learned from this course into the colloquial practice.
Pádraig Ó hAiniféin
Is mise Pádraig Ó hAiniféin agus táim sa dara bhliain den gcúrsa B.Ed Gaeilge anois. D'fhreastail mé ar Phobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, scoil Ghaeltachta sa Daingean i gcontae Chiarraí. Mholfainn an cúrsa seo go hard na spéire dóibh siúd go bhfuil suim acu i dteangacha agus atá ag cuimhneamh ar an múinteoireacht chomh maith. Tá an cúrsa seo go hiontach mar go mbíonn an cháilíocht teangan agus múinteoireachta agat laistigh de 4 bliana.
Taitníonn an cúrsa seo liom mar go bhfuil meascán de chéim sna healaíona agus céim mhúinteoireachta ann. Sa chéad bhliain bíonn deis agat staidéar a dhéanamh ar chuid de na modúil chéanna atá sna healaíona mar aon le modúil teangacha atá dírithe go sonrach ar an gcúsa B.Ed Gaeilge. Thaitin sé seo liom mar go rabhas in ann blaiseadh de chéim sna healaíona a fháil. Is dóigh liom go bhfuil sé seo ana-thábhachtach don múinteoireacht chomh maith mar go bhfuil sé rí-thábhachtach go mbeadh tuiscint ag múinteoir teangacha ní amháin ar an dteanga ach ar mheon, stair agus sochaí na dtíortha ina labhraítear í.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in languages particularly those who are thinking of secondary school teaching. This course is excellent as you graduate after four years as a qualified teacher in your chosen subjects. I personally am studying Irish and French and I’m enjoying it. The course is excellent as you study more general arts related modules in first year before gradually progressing onto education modules and then teaching practice in second year.
New Avenues to Teaching(NAT) is a project with the aim of increasing access to initial teacher education and ensure the teaching profession reflects the increasing diversity of Irish society. The main focus of New Avenues to Teaching is to identify and support the needs of under-represented groups in teaching in Ireland and ensure that barriers that those from under-represented groups may face are recognised and addressed in a meaningful way. The NAT project will also seek to develop and foster a New Avenues to Teaching (NAT) student teacher community of practice.
Now moving into Stage 2 of the project, New Avenues to Teaching will be led by a Lecturer in Education and supported by Research Officer, Kirsten Hurley. Representatives from the relevant stakeholder groups (including students) will be asked to share their views and ideas and help shape the supports we offer (such as the NAT bursaries).
Here in the School of Education, University College Cork, we strive to support our students throughout their initial teacher education programme, and New Avenues to Teaching will play a vital role in supporting and increasing inclusion and accessibility for all our students.
New Avenues to Teaching is funded under the HEA’s Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH).
The Quercus Talented Students' Programme is a scholarship programme that supports and promotes excellence in academia, sport, creative and performing arts, active citizenship & innovation/entrepreneurship. The Quercus scholarship programme is proudly sponsored by Ford Ireland. The Quercus programme, and each of its scholars, represent Ford's 'Bring on Tomorrow' vision for the future.
Ten B.Ed. Gaeilge scholarships of €2,000 each are offered for competition on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent. The Scholarships are tenable only in University College Cork, for the First Year of the B.Ed. Gaeilge, in the session following the Leaving Certificate Examination on which the award is based.