Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Primary

Description

There are four state funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) which offer programmes of primary initial teacher education accredited by the Teaching Council for primary teaching.

Institution

Web address

Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave., Dublin 9www.mie.ie
Mary Immaculate College, Limerickwww.mic.ul.ie
DCU Institute of Education, DCU, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9www.dcu.ie
Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Co Kildarewww.maynoothuniversity.ie

Bachelor of Education Programme

A 4 year full-time course leading to a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) degree is held in each of the four HEIs above.

Bachelor of Education (Irish Sign Language)

A new B.Ed (Irish Sign Language) (ISL) Programme for primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) will commence in DCU in September 2019. The purpose of this programme is to introduce a separate CAO entry route in to primary teaching specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students who communicate through ISL. This B.Ed will allow ISL to be accepted as an alternative to Irish as an entry requirement once certain criteria has been meet. However, the required minimum entry requirements in Maths and English must be met for entry to this programme.

Professional Master of Education (PME) Primary Teaching

The four state funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) above offer a two year Professional Master of Education (PME) programme of Initial Teacher Education.

In addition, a Professional Master of Education in Primary Teaching is provided by Hibernia College. Hibernia College is a privately-owned, non state-funded, company. This blended learning programme takes place over 2 years and is accredited by the Teaching Council for primary teaching.

Persons who successfully complete the above primary initial teacher education programmes may be registered by the Teaching Council.

Minimum Entry Requirements

In addition to the points required for entry to Bachelor of Education programmes of primary initial teacher education, the Department of Education and Skills specifies minimum entry requirements that students must meet in the core subjects: Maths, English and Irish. This is to ensure that primary teachers have the capacity to lead learning in these vital areas.

In October 2017, changes were announced setting higher minimum entry standards to primary programmes of initial teacher education for Leaving Certificate Maths and English at Ordinary Level and Irish at Higher Level.

These changes have been deferred for students applying to the Professional Master of Education (PME), and will now apply for those students from September 2021 (update of 10th June 2019).

The higher minimum entry requirements, announced in October 2017, will continue to apply from September 2019 for students planning on entering the undergraduate Bachelor of Education (Primary) programme.

Tables 1 and 2 set out the current and future Minimum Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Education and Professional Master of Education.

TABLE 1: Minimum Entry Requirement for Primary Bachelor of Education

Year of College Entry

2017 & 2018

2019 onwards

 Subject

  Grade

 %

 Grade

 %

Irish

H5

50<60

H4

60<70

English

O5

50<60

O4

60<70

 or

 

or

 

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

Maths

O6

40<50

O4

60<70

 or

 

or

 

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

TABLE 2: Minimum Entry Requirement for Primary Professional Master of Education

Year of College Entry

2019 & 2020

2021 onwards

 Subject

  Grade

 %

 Grade

 %

Irish

H5

50<60

H4

60<70

English

O5

50<60

O4

60<70

 or

 

or

 

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

Maths

O6

40<50

O4

60<70

 or

 

or

 

H7

30<40

H7

30<40

In addition to the subject requirements set out above there are also other general entry requirements for the programmes.

To view the most recent entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education and Professional Masters of Education, please click on the following;

The requirements to register as a primary school teacher are set out in Route 1 of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations, 2016,  Teaching Council Registration Regulations

30 January 2019 - Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announcing the deferral of the introduction of the new Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary ITE students starting a Professional Master of Education from 2019 to 2020.

24 January, 2019 - Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

13 November, 2018 - Changes to the post-graduate entry process for primary teaching by DCU, Maynooth University, Marino Institute of Education and Mary Immaculate College

Contact

Email: TES@education.gov.ie  

Address: Department of Education and Skills, Teacher Education Section, Cornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 X659