Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) for all candidates
Please note that prospective applicants must have completed and achieved 65% or higher in the oral component of the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Irish examination prior to the closing date (i.e. 30 March 2020) to satisfy the entry requirements.
The closing date for TEG online applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 8 January 2020.
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
Applications to each Higher Education Institution (HEI).
- Applications to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick should be returned directly to the Admissions Office in the College at the address above. Application material is available on the College’s website: www.mic.ul.ie.
- Applications to the DCU Institute of Education should be made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre www.pac.ie/dcu . (Course code DC970). All supporting documentation must be submitted via Pac.ie by the closing date of the course.
- Applications to Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin should be completed online at maestro.mie.ie/appcentre.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications to the four institutions named above is 5p.m. on Monday, 30 March 2020.
All applicants should note the selection procedure detailed in section 4 below.
Applicants must have the following academic qualifications:
- 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.
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 entry requirements (a) and (b) by Monday, 6th July 2020 and must provide documentary evidence of meeting these requirements.
Alternatives to a second-level qualification 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 or GCE/GCSE requirement for the relevant subject.
Alternatives to a second-level qualification in Irish
- Grade C obtained in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992)
- 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
Alternatives to a second-level qualification in Mathematics
- A Pass grade obtained in Mathematics in the Matriculation Examination (which existed up to 1992).
- A merit grade (65-79%) or distinction grade (80-100%) obtained in QQI Level 5 Mathematics Course (5N 1833).
(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 the closing date for applications (i.e. 30 March 2020) to satisfy the entry requirements.
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.
The closing date for TEG online applications has passed for the September 2020 intake.
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.
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 Department of Education and Skills announced its intention to restore the Gaeltacht grant for students on State-funded Initial Teacher Education programmes with effect from the academic year 2020/21.
SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. Further information regarding the Student Grant Scheme for the academic year 2020/2021 will be available in coming months 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.
Leaving Cert Grading Schemes (1992-2016 Scheme and New Scheme 2017)
|1992 – 2016 Scheme
||New Scheme 2017 onwards
||H1 / O1
||H2 / O2
||H3 / O3
||H4 / O4
||H5 / O5
||H6 / O6