I completely agree with you on this! Not worth spending all the money on doing a PDE online! Also just to the previous speaker, that wasn't a very good reason to support Hibernia!
The reason why I'm also against it is because people who literally scrape a 2:2 in their degrees get into that course! I know someone who got 2.48 GPA from UCD and ended up getting into it! Those people clearly don't know their field so how could they possibly be fit to teach?
It's a complete joke! They should do away with the course if you ask me! So unemployable compared to other proper PDE courses!
Do you have any evidence whatsoever that being very good at studying something makes you very good at teaching it?
There was a video uploaded on a thread a while back about the Finnish education system. It was a very good watch - have a look.
The video did not imply that being very good at studying a subject made a very good teacher but I dont think is the point the OP is trying to make. However, it did provide evidence of only top graduates being accepted into the professional education courses in Finland. And that their excellent in-depth knowledge of their subject was very important to the success of the Finnish education system.
I can't comment one way or the other on this course, or indeed or on Hibernia in general, as I don't know anybody who has studied with them. I will agree though, that there is definitely a negative attitude towards the course from many principals - whether that is justified or not.
I would however caution those embarking on the course that they are going to find it very tough once qualified - just like graduates of other teacher training courses.
Starting out in teaching now, more often than not, invoves being available at the drop of a hat, being extremely flexible and for many it involves sitting around all day in school waiting for a class or for some subbing to arise. Of course there will be little pay for these short and sporadic hours - but to get those few hours you will have to give up a lot more of your time. This will also cause problems with signing on for social welfare due to the spread out nature of teaching hours.
People who are unable to be flexible with their time or their financial commitments, for whatever reason, will find it particularly difficult - especially since they will be competing against people without those same constraints.
What the hell are you talking about. Seriously think before you write something like that down
I got a 2:2 in my degree. Are you saying I shouldnt become a teacher???
If your going to have that negative attitude towards people, you defintely aint fit for teaching yourself..
Just to let you know that I know many people who got 2:2's and became teachers and a great at it. If you read what I said again you'd see that I said people who barely get 2:2's get into the hdip there and it's a joke as they don't know their field well enough! Like someone I know got 2.48 GPA from UCD! That person got her 2:2 cos she got someone to do their assignment and take home exam where she got the a+. She was on a pass. Colleges like the NUI and trinity want students with higher grades as they better know their fields!
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As far as I am concerned once the person is qualified and registered with the teaching council it shouldnt matter whether the qualification is from Hibernia or elsewhere. In fact as a supervising teacher/mentor of many H.Dips/PGCEs over the years the best candidate I have ever encountered (which includes 2 with doctorates) was from Hibernia...its the person that you should judge on their ability not what college they attended !!!