The Bachelor of Education (primary teaching) and the postgraduate degree in primary teaching (called the Professional Master of Education) are both designed to prepare students to become primary school teachers within the Republic of Ireland (both qualifications may offer the opportunity to work in many countries internationally). A varied and diverse experience, the Bachelor of Education – a four-year degree prepares students to teach within primary schools where children are exposed to a broad and varied curriculum.
The Department also offers a second route into primary teaching through our Professional Master of Education (Primary). This is a postgraduate qualification and is a two year, full time course, which students apply for once they have graduated from their first degree. See the Graduate Studies website for details.
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>>Child-centred and active approaches to teaching are central to the Froebel philosophy and permeate the ethos in the Department.
>>The foundation disciplines of Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and History of Education form the theoretical basis for this degree.
>>Education modules and school-based practice within a variety of placement settings feature across all 4 years, as well as a placement in the Gaeltacht for 2 fortnight blocks at Easter in second and third year.
>>Graduates are eligible to register with the Teaching Council and are qualified to teach in primary schools in Ireland.
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2019 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
Previous Leaving Certificate Qualifications:Minimum Academic Requirements 2015 – Leaving Certificate Examination
Leaving Certificate Examination 1992 or later
· Grade C3 on a Higher Level paper in not less than three subjects
· Grade D3 in three other subjects in accordance with the Rules and Programme for Secondary Schools.
· Irish: Grade C2 Higher Level
· English: Grade C2 Ordinary Level or D3 Higher Level
· Mathematics: Grade C2, either Ordinary or Higher Level
Leaving Certificate Examination 1969 to 1991
· Grade C on a Higher Level paper in not less than three subjects.
· Grade D in three other subjects in accordance with the Rules and Programme for Secondary Schools.
· Irish: Grade C Higher Level
· English: Grade C Ordinary Level or D Higher Level
· Mathematics: Grade C, either Ordinary or Higher Level
Leaving Certificate Examination prior to 1969
To be eligible to apply for the competition, applicants who sat the Leaving Certificate Examination prior to 1969 must hold an Honours Leaving Certificate with Honours in Irish. In English one must have obtained marks equivalent to Grade C at Pass level or Grade D at Honours level. One must also have passed in Mathematics.
Combination of results in different Leaving Certificate Examinations
Applicants may combine results obtained at the Leaving Certificate Examination in different years for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements.
Acceptable alternatives for Irish, English or Mathematics
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 that particular 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, 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, Level C1, NUIG
· Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Level B2, NUIG
· Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge (An Ghaeilge sa Saol Comhaimseartha), University of Limerick
· Diploma in Irish at the University of Ulster
In the case of Mathematics only, a pass in that subject in the Matriculation Examination (discontinued) will also be accepted in 2016 in lieu of the Leaving Certificate Examination/GC(S)E requirement.
01 February 2019
Leaving Certificate Applicants
3H5 & 3O6/H7 grades. Required minimum grades are Irish H4, English O4/H7 and Mathematics O4/H7. Gaeltacht residency required.
MH002 is another application route for students who reside in an officially designated Gaeltacht areas and who use Irish as the normal language of the home. Applicant details are forwarded to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to determine eligibility for this route.
Health Information Form
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Categories of applicant:
- School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
- Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
- EU/EFTA/UK students
- International students (outside the EU)
- QQI (Further Education) students
- Transferring students
- Deferring students