Initial Education Courses

This directory is focused on citizenship teacher education. Education for citizenship is a pressing issue for policy makers and practitioners not only in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and, increasingly, much of the world. Many countries across Europe, including England, have introduced citizenship into the school curriculum as part of major, ongoing educational reforms over the past decade. Present thinking suggests that though teachers of Local and Global Citizenship require a specific knowledge base it is important that its practitioners have a commitment to its values and to the employment of active learning approaches in the curriculum.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary and Post-Primary) PGCE Primary

This programme aims to help you acquire competence in the basic skills of teaching and classroom management within the primary school. In order to ensure a close link between theory and practice, the programme includes both University and school-based work throughout the year. The programme lasts 38 weeks in total, of which 19 will be spent in schools.

Students are introduced to the requirements of the NI Curriculum for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage2, and for all curriculum subjects with particular emphasis on numeracy and literacy. The programme will also include a qualification in the teaching of Religious Education in the primary school.

PGCE Post Primary

This course prepares students to teach the full range of pupils in secondary and grammar schools. The main subjects at Coleraine are Art and Design, English with Drama and Media Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics and Music. At Jordanstown, Physical Education and Technology and Design are available.

Religious Education can be taken as a subsidiary subject for students with a suitable academic background in Religious Studies, (normally GCSE grade C or equivalent).

Further information on the Subsidiary Study: An introduction to Local and Global Citizenship moduleNUI Maynooth logo

Higher Diploma in Education

The Higher Diploma in Education is a full-time course and is the teacher education programme followed by the great majority of those seeking a career in post-primary teaching. It is recognised by the Teachers’ Registration Council (soon to be replaced by the Teaching Council). It is also recognised under the EU directives on mutual recognition of professional qualifications. It has been carefully devised to equip participants with the understanding, experiences and skills required to make a satisfactory career in teaching. Course numbers are limited to allow for sustained, individual attention and guidance in fostering the professional qualities required in modern teaching.

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Post Graduate Certificate in Education – QUB Graduate School at Queen’s The programme of study is organized around three interdependent strands:

  • Subject Teaching
  • The Professional Role of the Teacher
  • Professional Performance

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Limerick Department of Education and Professional Studies
Limerick Teacher Education Development Education Partnership

Integrating a concern for global development, cultural diversity, human rights, social justice, equality and environmental sustainability into post-primary teacher education
In our work, Development Education/ ESD is organised around six themes:

• Human Rights, Responsibilities and Democracy
• Conflict and Peace
• Development, Underdevelopment and International Poverty
• Environmental Sustainability and Biodiversity
• Discrimination and Equality
• Similarity and Difference

Stranmillis University College
BEd, BA and BSc In Education

Further information – Stranmillis College Research Report

Bachelor of Education degree course (BEd) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)


It is an organisation funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). It is a collaboration within higher education for all providers of initial teacher education in England. citizED is focussed on teacher education in primary, secondary, cross curricular, post 16 and community involvement contexts with outputs in the form of conferences, seminars, workshops, research papers and practical resources for teaching.

See also:
A Descriptive Review of Useful Resources available on the internet for ITT Providers in Citizenship Education

BeCAL BeCaL is a learning gateway for students, teachers, leaders and researchers in education. BeCal supports citizenship education, at every age and all levels. The database is a collection of links to internet resources with a section dedicated to Citizenship Education.