Teaching involves establishing and managing an environment where pupils / students can learn effectively. Although primary teachers may specialise in one curricular area, they are usually responsible for a specific class. In general, primary teachers study for a BEd (Bachelor of Education) degree, which includes subject and professional educational aspects of their area of interest.
Secondary teachers usually specialise in an area like science, or in a specific subject like biology, chemistry, geology, physics or technology. In general, secondary teachers study for subject degree first, then for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education).
Lecturers in further education teach in a range of forms towards vocational qualifications, often in liaison with local employers.
Lecturers in higher education are involved in research, administration and teaching, normally with the emphasis on research.
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General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers.
Courses in education and teaching and associated areas are available at a number of higher education institutions. Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses.
|British Council||www.britishcouncil.org (general website)|
|Graduate Teacher Training Registry||www.gttr.ac.uk - Choose want to teach?|
|Local Government Careers||www.lgcareers.com - Key in teaching to career description search|
|Mathematical Association||www.m-a.org.uk - Choose teaching mathematics with ICT|
|*Open University||www.open.ac.uk – Choose study at the OU then education and teacher training|
|*Queen’s University Belfast||www.qub.ac.uk - Choose schools and departments then school of education|
|Royal Statistical Society||www.rss.org.uk - Choose careers then school teacher|
|St Mary’s University College||www.stmarys-belfast.ac.uk (general website)|
|Stranmillis University College||www.stran.ac.uk (general website)|
|*University of Ulster||www.ulst.ac.uk - Choose prospective students|
* These references are to Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses, which are one year professional education courses studied after you have completed a degree in a specific subject area.