Teaching Pathways

Many students of the Humanities at Carlow College go on to become teachers. The Teaching Council of Ireland recognises any combination of two subjects from English, History and Theology for the purpose of teaching at second level. 

Students must acquire the Level 8 degree and accumulate the necessary credits in each subject over the course of the degree and subsequently acquire the Postgraduate Masters in Education (PGME).

English Post-Primary

In order to meet the registration requirements set down by the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations in respect of the curricular subject of English, an applicant's qualifying degree must be equivalent to at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and with a minimum pass result in all examinations pertinent to the subject of English, which includes a Pass by compensation. It must carry at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) with the specific study of English Language and Literature comprising at least 60 ECTS credits (or equivalent) and with not less than 10 ECTS credits (or equivalent) studied at third-year level of higher (or modular equivalent). The study of English Language and Literature during the degree must show that the holder has acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding to teach the English syllabus (www.curriculumnonline.ie). 

To meet this requirement the degree must include the study of a minimum of 40 ECTS credits of literature including comprehensive study (through the medium of English) of all of the following: 

a) Drama 

  • Stage 1: English I - Introduction to Literary Forms (Mandatory - 10 credits) 
  • Stage 1: English 2 - Introduction to Modern Irish Writing (recommended as it satisfies all three - 10 credits) 
  • Stage 2: English I - English Literature: Medieval to Renaissance 
  • Stage 3: English II - 19th century Literature: The Victorians 
  • Stage 3: Irish Studies - 19th century Ireland and the Literature of the Troubles 
  • Stage 4: English II - World Literatures 
  • Stages 4: Irish Studies II - Anglo-Irish Revival/Gender and Society in 20th Century Ireland 

(b) Poetry 

  • Stage 1: English II - Introduction to Modern Irish Writing (recommended - 10 credits) 
  • Stage 2: English II - The Birth of Narratives 
  • Stage 3: English I - Romanticism and The Gothics 
  • Stage 3: English II - 19th century Literature: The Victorians 
  • Stage 3: Irish Studies I - 19th century Ireland and the Literature of the Troubles 
  • Stage 4: English I - Modernism to Post-Modernism 
  • Stage 4: Irish Studies II - Anglo-Irish Revival/Gender and Society in 20th Century Ireland 

(c) Fiction 

  • Stage 1: English I - Introduction to Literary Forms (Mandatory - 10 credits) 
  • Stage 1: English II - Introduction to Modern Irish Writing (recommended - 10 credits) 
  • Stage 2: English I - Medieval to Renaissance 
  • Stage 2: English II - The Birth of Narratives 
  • Stage 3: English I - Romanticism and The Gothics 
  • Stage 3: Existentialist Literature
  • Stage 3: Irish Studies I - 19th century Ireland and the Literature of the Troubles 
  • Stage 4: English I - Modernism to Post-Modernism 
  • Stage 4: English II - World Literatures 

The remaining 20 ECTS credits may be in Drama, Fiction or Poetry, or be drawn from the following broad optional areas: 

(d) Media Studies

(e) Composition and Writing Skills

(f) Film Studies

(g) Theatre Studies

Important points to consider: 

  • Applicants must also have completed a programme of post-primary initial teaching education (12 - 18 year) carrying a minimum of 120 ECTS credits (or equivalent).
  • Learners must (1) choose two more electives from any of those modules offering Drama, Poetry or Fiction to make up the 40 credit requirement, and (2) must have at least 60 credits in English which must include an English module at either Stage 3 or 4.

It is possible to meet the criteria by taking a different set of modules but this pathway has been identified as the most coherent way for students on the Humanities Programme to satisfy Teaching Council requirements. For a complete listing of course options, please click here for teaching History and English and click here for teaching Religion and English

History Post-Primary

The Teaching Council requires the following:

60 ECTS credits of History, of which:

  • At least 10 ECTS credits taken at Stage IV
  • At least 15 ECTS credits in Irish History

Modules taken should ensure that the learner has acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding to teach the Secondary School History syllabus.

To fulfill these requirements, students on the Carlow College Humanities degree, who will be applying for Teaching Council registration on and after 1 January 2017, are advised to take the following modules:

  • Stage 1: History of Ireland from earliest times to 1500 AD
  • Stage 2: History of Ireland from 1500 AD to 2000 AD
  • Stage 2: History of Europe from 1500 AD to 2000 AD
  • Stage 3: The History Project
  • Stage 4: Ireland in the Age of Revolutions, 1891 - 1923

Students should take at least one of the following modules:

  • Stage 1: History of Europe from earliest times to 1500 AD
  • Stage 3: Transatlantic Revolutions
  • Stage 3: Women and Church in medieval an early modern Europe
  • Stage 4: History Dissertation
  • Stage 4: Nazi Germany, World War II and the European Jews
  • Stage 4: America and Europe since 1945
  • Stage 4: Archaeology of Ireland, 1100 - 1500

Applicants must also have completed a programme of post-primary initial teaching education (12 - 18 year) carrying a minimum of 120 ECTS credits (or equivalent).

It is possible to meet the criteria by taking a different set of modules but this pathway has been identified as the most coherent way for students on the Humanities Programme to satisfy Teaching Council requirements. For a complete listing of course options, please click here for teaching History and English and click here for Religion and History.

Religion Post-Primary

In order to meet the registration requirements set down in the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations in respect of the curricular subject of Religious Education, an applicant must meetall of the following criteria: 

  • The Degree must be equivalent to at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and with a minimum pass result in all examinations pertinent to the subject of Religious Education, which includes Pass by compensation. 
  • It must carry at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) with the specific study of Religious Education comprising at least 60 ECTS credits (or equivalent) and with not less than 10 ECTS credits studied at third-year level or higher (or modular equivalent). 
  • Applicants must also have completed a programme of post-primary initial teacher education (age range 12-18 years) carrying a minimum of 120 ECTS credits (or equivalent). 
  • The programme should include a module or modules on the teaching of Religious Education carrying a minimum of 5 ECTS credits (or equivalent). 

The study of Theology during the degree must show that the holder has acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding to teach the Religious Education syllabus (www.curriculumnonline.ie). To meet this requirement the degree must include the study of all the following:

(a) Sacred Texts including the Bible

  • Introduction to Theology (Mandatory)
  • Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Prophets and Synoptics
  • Scripture (Pauline and Johannine)
  • World Religions and Philosophy of Religion

(b) Christianity: Origins and Contemporary Experience

  • Christology

(c) World Religions

  • World Religions and Philosophy of Religion

(d) Secular Belief Systems

  • Political Philosophy (including Secular Belief Systems)

(e) Ethics

  • Moral Theology/Ethics

(f) Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion

  • Introduction to Theology
  • Church and Sacraments
  • World Religions and Philosophy of Religion
  • Triune God

Teaching Council Required Modules (60 credits):

  • Stage 1: Introduction to Theology (Mandatory)
  • Stage 2: Christology
  • Stage 3: World Relgions and Philosophy of Religion
  • Stage 3: Political Philosophy (including Secular Belief Systems)
  • Stage 3: Moral Theology/Ethics
  • + any other Theology module (Stages 1 - 4) 

It is possible to meet the criteria by taking a different set of modules but this pathway has been identified as the most coherent way for students on the Humanities Programme to satisfy Teaching Council requirements. For a complete listing of course options, please click here for teaching Religion and History and click here for Religion and English. 

Course Information

Programme Code: PC410

Duration: 4 Years

Level: 8

 

What students of the Humanities Programme had to say...

A unique, warm and inspiring learning environment. The college is a supportive, cooperative community and my experience of studying here has encouraged me to pursue my studies to postgraduate level.

Eva Burke Humanities class of '14, pursuing an MA at TCD

Carlow College is more than academic development. Carlow College is lecturer support, lifelong friendships, education with the perks of college life and a platform to become the best version of you.

Jillian Bannon 4th year Humanities studen

Studying at Carlow College was especially satisfying insofar as my lecturers nurtured my learning with a genuine commitment, and generosity; teaching me to think critically and clearly.

Steve Cullen Humanities class of '14, pursuing MA at UCD

Carlow College is a place where not only do you achieve an outstanding education but it also allows for the creation of friendships that will last a lifetime.

Elaine Gibson 4th year Humanities student
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