To register as a Home Economics Teacher graduates must currently have an undergraduate degree within which the specific study of Home Economics comprises at least 90 European Credit Transfers (ECTS). The Teaching Council have recently (November 2020) reviewed their accreditation requirements. As a result, from 1 January 2023, graduates wishing to teach Home Economics at second level must undertake a qualifying undergraduate degree with the specific study of Home Economics comprising a minimum of 60 ECTS of the programme. Therefore, it is now possible to deliver such a programme within shorter 4-year timeframe and as a result St. Angela’s College have reviewed their concurrent programme offerings with a view to moving from the current 5 Year (4+1) programme structure and instead offering a 4 year B.Ed. programme. From September 2022 the following programmes will be available and will enable graduates to register as a fully qualified post-primary teacher after 4 years of study:

  • AS001 - Home Economics and Biology
  • AS002 - Home Economics and Religious Education
  • AS003 - Home Economics and Irish

This will be welcome news to students who wish to pursue their passion for teaching Home Economics and Biology / Religious Education / Irish. This also has a positive financial impact on parents/guardians who no longer have to consider the fee-paying fifth year (PME).

As a College, we are delighted to be in a position to offer the 4-year B.Ed. which means we can continue to produce graduates of exceptional standards but in a shorter timeframe to meet national demand.

What does all this mean?

It means that CAO Applicants for September 2022 can apply for a 4-year B.Ed. (Home Economics and Biology / Religious Education / Irish) Honours Degree at St. Angela’s College, Sligo, and on successful completion can register with the Teaching Council of Ireland to begin their teaching career in Home Economics and their other chosen discipline (Biology / Religious Education / Irish).

Students will no longer have to complete a 5-year BA/PME programme which included a Level 9 Professional Masters of Education (with Home Economics). All of the ECTS and content required for registration will be completed in the newly devised 4-year B.Ed. Honours Degree.

We know many of you will have questions so please review our FAQ’s below and if you still have a query, please email queries@stangelas.nuigalway.ie and we will revert as soon as possible

Frequently Asked Questions

What does ECTS mean?

ECTS is the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and is a framework of points which identifies the workload and content of College/University courses. It provides clarity of qualifications and is recognisable throughout the EU. You can find out more about the ECTS HERE

Will I be able to teach after completing the new B.Ed. or do I have to undertake a Masters qualification too?

Yes, the new B.Ed. qualification means you will have sufficient ECTS (60) to register with the Teaching Council of Ireland and therefore you are fully qualified to teach straight away. While graduates may choose to progress to a Masters programme, this is not essential for teaching.

Is there a risk the courses will return to a 5-year qualification?

It is impossible to predict what the landscape holds in terms of future ECTS and Teaching Council requirements, but we will continue to work in the best interest, academically and financially, of our students.

Can I still choose to undertake a Masters after completing the B.Ed.?

Of course. St. Angela’s College offer a range of Masters programmes, for those who may wish to progress to study at Master’s level. There are also a wide range of MA’s options available nationally/globally which students may also pursue following completion of their undergraduate B.Ed. Degree in St. Angela’s College.

Are the additional subjects (Biology, Religious Education and Irish) still options on the B.Ed. courses?

Yes, the same combination of disciplines will continue to be offered:

  • AS001:  Home Economics, Education and Biology
  • AS002:  Home Economics, Education and Religious Education
  • AS003:  Home Economics and Irish

How much School Placement will be involved in the 4-year B.Ed.?

School placement (SP) is an integral part of the B.Ed. and students will experience SP each year of the course:

  • Year 1:  Two weeks
  • Year2:   Six weeks
  • Year 3:  Six weeks
  • Year 4: Ten weeks

Students are well prepared for SP each year with Microteaching (simulated classroom sessions) factored into their timetable.

Under the National Framework of Qualifications, what level are the B.Ed. courses?

All the B.Ed. courses are at Level 8, University Accredited Honours Degree

Am I disadvantaged by not graduating with a Level 9 qualification?

There are no monetary disadvantages for first time teachers starting out, based on the level of their qualification. All newly qualified teachers will begin on the same pay scale regardless of NFQ level qualification. You can find more information on the Department of Education website  

Are there teaching jobs for Home Economics graduates?

Yes, Home Economics graduates from our courses are still in high demand for Post-primary teaching positions across Ireland.

What are the course fees for the B.Ed. courses?

Tuition:                           €4,000 p.a. (2022/2023)
Student Contribution:     €3,000 p.a. (2022/2023)
Student levy:                  €75 p.a. (2022/2023)
Total EU Fees:              €7,075 p.a. (2022/2023)

Total Non-EU Fees:         €19,950 p.a. (2022/2023) - please contact our International Office for more

Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government if you qualify for the Free Fees Initiative 
Student Contribution: may be aided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant. For more, visit www.susi.ie

The fees associated with the PME are tuition fees of €4,000 and Student Levy of €75. 
Total: €4,075

Other than teaching, what other careers are open to me with a B.Ed. qualification?

Graduates of the B.Ed. programme may pursue careers in the industry (e.g. food product development, food lab technician, etc) and in the Community or Public Sector (e.g. health promotion, home management advisors, etc). The majority of graduates will continue their professional path in teaching and educational roles and are highly employable in post-primary schools across Ireland and globally.

Is the B.Ed. recognised internationally?

Yes, the qualification is recognised internationally. Graduates of the programme are currently employed in many countries around the world, teaching their disciplines or equivalent subjects - Home Economics, Biology, and Religious Education.

I want to become a Home Economics Teacher but the current additional subjects don't suit me. What are my options?

We have exciting news about a new B.Ed. (Home Economics) starting in September 2022. This single-subject degree will qualify you to teach Home Economics to senior cycle (Leaving Cert level). More details HERE

What if I opt to choose the new B.Ed. (Home Economics) single-subject degree? Are there teachig jobs for Home Economics graduates with an additional subject?

Yes, there are lots of jobs available for teachers of Home Economics.

Why should I choose St. Angela’s College to become a Home Economics teacher?

  • 70-year legacy, delivering an exceptional-standard of education
  • Courses accredited by the National University of Ireland
  • Small class sizes to form friendships for life
  • Excellent retention rates; from registration to graduation
  • Theory lectures complemented by practical training
  • School Placements aligned with post-primary schools nationwide
  • High employment on completion; graduates in demand
Still have a question about the changes to our Home Economics Teacher Education courses?
Please email queries@stangelas.nuigalway.ie and we will get back to you as soon as possible.