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Teacher Education BEd (Hons) Post-Primary image

This is a four-year honours degree programme leading to full recognition to teach by the Department of Education and registration with the GTCNI. For BEd Post-primary students, the first two years of the programme contain four elements:

  • Educational Studies;
  • Professional Development and School Experience (including Literacy, Numeracy and UICT);
  • Main Subject Study and Subject Application; and
  • Subsidiary Subject Study and Subject Application.


Students can choose from the following subjects as their main subject study:

  • In years 1 and 2, students also study a subsidiary subject which they choose themselves. The Subsidiary Subjects are:

Main Subject Subsidiary
Mathematics Science
Technology & Design ICT
Business Studies English or History or ICT or Science
Religious Studies English or History or ICT or Science




Compulsory elements of the programme

  1. Education Studies

    This is a broad area of study which draws on a number of disciplines and addresses a range of professional issues. Through lectures, seminars and tutorials students cover a wide range of topics such as: child and adolescent development and psychology; the curriculum in schools; child protection and children and young peoples’ rights; the social aspects of schooling; principles of effective teaching and learning; the principles of classroom management; issues pertaining to multiculturalism and inclusion; and the education of children who experience special educational needs.

  2. Professional Development and School Experience

    The practical element of teaching is central to the Initial Teacher Education programmes. The BEd Degree is competence-based in line with the revised competence framework of the GTCNI. Each year as students gain experience and confidence they are asked to demonstrate increasing levels of proficiency in the classroom. Over the course of the programme students will have opportunities to teach children of varying ages and abilities in a range of different contexts. There are also opportunities for students to choose options through which they may gain experience of teaching, for example in the special sector. Students must pass School Experience each year to proceed into the next year of the course.

    This element of the course also addresses issues relating to the Revised Curriculum and the Entitlement Framework. Areas of study include for example; Learning for Life and Work; Local and Global citizenship; Education for Employability; Education for Sustainability; and Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum.