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Secondary School Computing Teacher

  • 20-05-2010 5:11pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭✭ starman08


    hi, im just wondering how does one go about becoming a Secondary School computing teacher.. Like i already have a honors degree in computing...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,937 implausible


    Your degree must be recognised by the Teaching Council and if it is, you need to do a Post-Grad Diploma in Education.

    However, Computing is not an exam subject in Irish secondary schools and when it is offered as a subject once or twice a week, it is often taught by Business or Technology teachers i.e. there are very few Computer Teachers in the system. Your employment prospects would be quite poor, unless you have a teachable subject in your degree.


  • Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭✭ starman08


    Thanks for the reply. quite fast i might add.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,229 pathway33


    if you look at the list of recognised qualifications on the teaching council site some computer degrees let you teach maths although most would be computers only. If you're interested in maths, that might be an option for you


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 11,766 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TheDriver


    computers in our place is taught by people who are interested because its always ecdl etc etc nowadays, no one wants to learn programming etc bar a small few unfortunately. I'd say you're up against it unless you can pick a hard fast subject or else go down the PLC route


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,528 CMod ✭✭✭✭ spurious


    It is an exam subject in the Applied Leaving Cert. where there is the option of an IT Specialism.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6 ✭✭✭ gconor101


    I have a BSc in Computers and Economics and am a qualified teacher. My main subject is Maths, but you will have to do the Dip before becoming a teacher.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,996 ✭✭✭ doc_17


    Check out this link where it will tell you (assuming you did your degree in Southern Ireland) whether you are qualified to teach any additional subjects.

    http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/_fileupload/Publications/autoquals_86299814.doc

    I also did computing/electronics as a degree and the Teaching council would not recognise my degree for anything other than teaching IT (but that's enough to get you into the Dip). I did a maths module with open university and that allowed me become a maths teacher as well but if you did your degree in the republic this may not be a problem for you. If maths was a final year subject you might already be suitable to teach Maths and ICT whick is a good mix.


  • Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭✭ starman08


    doc_17 wrote: »
    Check out this link where it will tell you (assuming you did your degree in Southern Ireland) whether you are qualified to teach any additional subjects.

    http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/_fileupload/Publications/autoquals_86299814.doc

    I also did computing/electronics as a degree and the Teaching council would not recognise my degree for anything other than teaching IT (but that's enough to get you into the Dip). I did a maths module with open university and that allowed me become a maths teacher as well but if you did your degree in the republic this may not be a problem for you. If maths was a final year subject you might already be suitable to teach Maths and ICT whick is a good mix.

    Heya cheers for that man


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,996 ✭✭✭ doc_17


    No problem. was your course on the list?


  • Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭✭ starman08


    No it wasn't unfortunately.. but commercial computing was. The course i did was a four year honors course.. Commercial computing was a one year add on for the ordinary degree and the people who did it were just thrown into my class... So im wondering is there a way to argue that point... I have just completed a masters in computing now so i wonder does that help


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23 ✭✭✭ niner99


    hi doc-17 was just wondering what was the module you did with the OU and how did long did it take you. Did it cover junior and leaving curriculum? I have just finished biosciences degree and would be interested in teaching biology and maths if I am thinking of teaching. But then again I may apply for PGCE in UK...decisions, decisions. Sorry for getting offtrack of topic


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 Paddy01


    Hi, I did my degree in Business Studies and Computing, the Teaching council list subjects as accounting, business, economics and computing as my main subjects. Only problem is I graduated in 2002. Looking for a career change. Will I have to start from scratch and do a new degree in order to qualify for the H Dip.
    I may try the PGCE route in the UK.
    Any tips. Great sharing ideas here on this forum.
    Thanks in advance. Paddy


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,710 ✭✭✭ Monotype


    Paddy01 wrote: »
    Hi, I did my degree in Business Studies and Computing, the Teaching council list subjects as accounting, business, economics and computing as my main subjects. Only problem is I graduated in 2002. Looking for a career change. Will I have to start from scratch and do a new degree in order to qualify for the H Dip.
    I may try the PGCE route in the UK.
    Any tips. Great sharing ideas here on this forum.
    Thanks in advance. Paddy

    There shouldn't be a problem, unless you want to teach other subjects. Keep in mind though, there's there's usually not that much demand for business degrees, but you have an advantage in that you have all three subjects and computers. If your degree is considered to be a business degree, the points are higher to get in.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 Paddy01


    Monotype wrote: »
    There shouldn't be a problem, unless you want to teach other subjects. Keep in mind though, there's there's usually not that much demand for business degrees, but you have an advantage in that you have all three subjects and computers. If your degree is considered to be a business degree, the points are higher to get in.

    Thanks for the advice, yes I see the demand for business studies teachers seems to be low here. I may opt for the UK route, study and teach there and then come back. Hopefully, the economy will have somewhat recovered by then.
    Anyone any experience of teaching in the UK?


  • Registered Users Posts: 87 ✭✭✭ gabbytheking


    Hi I just want to also ask Doc 17 the details of his open university module. Is it possible to private message people on boards if anyone's out there?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,244 ✭✭✭✭ rainbowtrout


    Hi I just want to also ask Doc 17 the details of his open university module. Is it possible to private message people on boards if anyone's out there?

    This thread has all the information you need.

    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056306696


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