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Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Primary


There are five state funded Colleges of Education which offer primary initial teacher education courses which are recognised by the Teaching Council for primary teaching.

InstitutionWeb address
Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave., Dublin
Mary Immaculate College,
St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin
The Church Of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, Dublin
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Co

Bachelor of Education Programme

A full-time course leading to a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree is held in each of the state funded Colleges of Education for primary teachers.

Persons who successfully complete the course may be registered by the Teaching Council.

Post-Graduate Courses

Four state-funded Colleges of Education offer an eighteen month post-graduate course. The most recent course commenced in February 2012. The course is reviewed annually, and if proceeding, is advertised in the national newspapers.

In addition, an on-line Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education, accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), is provided by Hibernia College. Hibernia College is a privately-owned, non state-funded, company. This is a part-time blended learning course which takes place over 2 years and the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of primary teaching.

Entry Requirements

To view the most recent Bachelor of Education and post-graduate courses click on the following

To be registered with the Teaching Council as a primary teacher, a person must have obtained the qualifications as set out under Registration Regulation 2 Primary.  Teaching Council Registration Regulations



Address: Department of Education and Skills, Teacher Education Section, Cornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath.