Education - Primary Teaching

This is a full-time postgraduate teacher education programme for primary teaching (2020–2022) for persons who possess an honours Bachelor Degree at Level 8 or those who expect to have successfully completed final examinations before Monday, 6 July 2020.

Entry requirements

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

Subject Irish
Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme) H5
% Mark 50% - 59%

Subject Mathematics
Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme) H7 or O6
% Mark 30% - 39% or 40% - 49%

Subject English
Minimum Grade (new 2017 Scheme) H7 or O5
% Mark 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 at

(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
• 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 for further information.

Registration is now open and the closing date for TEG online applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 8 January 2020. If you have not already registered for the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) (ORAL) examination, you will need to register at

Subjects taught

The course comprises aspects of teacher education such as foundation studies (e.g. psychology, sociology, history and philosophy of education); professional skills development (e.g. developing high levels of competency in professional English, mathematics and Irish) and curriculum and methodology (e.g. pedagogy associated with the primary school curriculum).


2 years full-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment dates

Start date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Persons who successfully complete this programme are eligible to be registered by the Teaching Council under Route 1: Primary and will thereby be eligible for appointment in primary schools.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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