The closing date for receipt of completed applications to the four institutions named above is 5p.m. on Monday, 25th March 2019.
Prior to application, prospective applicants are required to take the oral component of the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish examination. Applicants must achieve 65% or higher prior to the closing date for applications (i.e. 25 March 2019) to satisfy the entry requirements.
The oral Irish examination will be administered by the Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing in Maynooth University and candidates must apply separately to do this oral Irish exam. More information, including examination guidelines, is available here: http://www.teg.ie/about-exams/teg-pme-primary-teaching.860.html
If you have not already registered for the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) (ORAL) examination, please register immediately to sit this Examination.
Applications to Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin should be completed online at http://maestro.mie.ie/appcentre/login.php
All applicants should note the selection procedure detailed below.
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
(a) minimum H2.2 Honours Bachelor Degree (Major Award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) or a major award at Level 9 or a major award at Level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications,
(b) one of the following sets of second level qualifications:
(i) in the Leaving Certificate Examination
Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme)
||H7 or O6
||H7 or O5
||50% - 59%
||30%-39% or 40%-49%
||30% -39% or
50% - 59%
H – Higher Level
O – Ordinary Level
The grades and % marks in the 1992-2016 grading scheme and the new 2017 scheme are set out at Appendix 1
(ii) in the Northern Ireland GCSE and GCE A Level Examinations: a Grade C at GCE A Level Irish; a Grade C at GCSE Level in both English and English Literature or Grade B at GCSE Level in either; and a Grade D at GCSE Level in Additional Mathematics or a Grade C at GCSE Level in Mathematics.
Alternatives to second-level qualifications in Irish, English or Maths
A Pass in a University First Arts Examination in Irish, English or Mathematics will be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination GCE/GCSE requirement for the relevant subject.
In the case of Irish, a Grade C in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992) will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement. In addition, the following are accepted as satisfying the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCE/GCSE requirement:
Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level C1, NUIG
Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level B2, NUIG
Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Maynooth University
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) at Level B2, Maynooth University
Diploma in Arts (Applied Irish), University College Cork
Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach, UCD
Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick
Diploma in Irish at the University of Ulster
In the case of Mathematics, a Pass in that subject in the Matriculation Examination will also be accepted in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GCSE requirement.
(c) Oral Irish Examination
Applicants must achieve 65% or higher on the oral component of the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish examination, prior to applying for the PME programme on 25 March 2019.
A successful result in the TEG oral will be valid for two years before the test needs to be retaken. Candidates who have achieved a minimum of 65% on the TEG oral exam in the last two years are eligible to apply.
The Oral Irish Examination will comprise:-
conversation on everyday topics, giving information and expressing opinions;
role play on a given scenario, asking for information, giving information and expressing opinions;
telling a simple story, describing what is happening in a series of pictures.
Applicants should note that a high standard of fluency is required in the Oral Irish Examination and should prepare for the examination accordingly. See http://www.teg.ie/_fileupload/guides/B1_treoir_PME_EN.pdf for further information.
Applicants must provide evidence to the Higher Education Institution that their degree is placed as a major award at the appropriate level on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Applicants must meet all entry requirements by Monday, 1st July, 2019 and must provide documentary evidence of meeting these requirements.
To view the planned changes to the entry process for the Professional Master of Education (Primary) 2019/2020 please click below
Press release - English
Press release - Irish
From 2019, candidates wishing to apply for the PMEd (Primary) must take an Oral Irish examination prior to applying for the programme. Applicants are required to take the Teastas Eorpach Gaeilge (TEG) Level B1 Oral Irish examination. A minimum of 65% must be attained in this examination in order to be eligible to apply for the PMEd programme.
Please see link to application form below:
Leagan Gaeilge: secure.teg.ie/foirm/edcolls/edcolls_ga.htm
Leagan Béarla: http://secure.teg.ie/foirm/edcolls/edcolls_en.htm
In addition to this applicants must have achieved the minimum entry requirements as set out in the previous tab.
Eligible applicants will be required to undergo an interview. This interview will be conducted in English. Up to 100 marks may be awarded for performance in the interview. Applicants who get a "fail" grade in the interview will be eliminated from the competition. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain the suitability of the applicant for participation in a primary teacher education programme.
Additional Marks awarded for students who complete the TEG Oral Examination at a high Level.
Up to 10 additional marks may be awarded for students who successfully complete the TEG oral examination at a high level and these marks will be added to their interview score. Candidates achieving from 90-100% receive 10 additional marks, candidates achieving from 80-89% receive 5 additional marks.
Candidates who complete the TEG oral examination and obtain 65-79% receive no additional marks but are deemed to have passed the test and are eligible for the programme.
Candidates who have passed higher levels of TEG (B2, C1 and C2) receive 10 additional marks
Applicants will be advised by the relevant Higher Education Institution of the date, time, venue, etc, of their interview and must attend at their own expense. The location will be Dublin and/or Maynooth and/or Limerick.
Interviews in the Froebel Department, Maynooth University will take place on May 1st. Please note May 2nd is held in reserve as a contingency day.
Attendance and Cost: All students who gain entry to the programme are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht. Each placement will be of two weeks’ duration. It should be noted that this is a compulsory part of the programme. The cost of this compulsory placement will not be met by the Department of Education & Skills or the Higher Education Institution.
Following a change introduced in Budget 2017, the maintenance grant for post-graduate students who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant has been reintroduced. Eligible students who qualify under the scheme, may receive the special rate of maintenance grant from the 2019/20 academic year and have their post-graduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit of €6,270.
UK nationals who meet the qualifying conditions of the scheme, will be eligible to avail of postgraduate tuition fees paid up to a maximum fee limit of €6,270 under the Student Grant Scheme for the 2019/20 academic year. The position with regard to prospective students applying next year will be reviewed in advance of the 2020/21 academic year.
Other postgraduate students including eligible students from the UK who don’t meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant, may qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the cost of their fees. The income threshold for this payment is €31,500 for the 2018/19 academic year, increasing relative to the number of family dependents.
Students are advised to submit a fully completed online grant application to SUSI so that their eligibility for grant assistance can be assessed. It is anticipated that the 2019/20 Scheme will open for applications in early April. Further information regarding the Student Grant Scheme is available on the SUSI website at www.susi.ie.
Fitness to Practise:
1. Garda Vetting: Before a student’s registration can be completed, the student must undergo a process of Garda vetting in order to establish whether (s)he has any convictions or criminal charges pending. Where this process confirms the existence of such, the matter is referred to a Vetting Committee within the Higher Education Institution which decides whether the student can continue with his/her programme of study.
2. Medical Requirements: Some incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Health Status Information Form, indicating whether they have any significant ongoing illnesses or disabilities which might adversely impact their capacity to meet the requirements of the programme, including School Placement. Entrants who declare significant health conditions, disabilities or psychological conditions will be assessed on an individual basis to evaluate whether, with reasonable accommodations, they would have the ability to undertake the demands of the programme. Individuals will not be excluded on the grounds that they possess a particular condition or disability if it is deemed likely that it would be possible for that person to fulfil the requirements of the programme with reasonable accommodation(s). The Higher Education Institutions will advise students as to the procedure to be followed in this regard.
During this full-time teacher education programme, participants may not engage in business or in any other programme of study without the prior permission of the Higher Education Institution’s President/Head of Department.
Further information regarding the programme is available from the applicant’s Higher Education Institution of choice.
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University
Telephone: (01) 4747400
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