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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,

AND
(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 https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/prospective/pdfs/final_2020_pme_e...

(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).

AND ALSO

(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.

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
http://www.teg.ie/about-exams/register-and-pay-online.162.html

Duration

2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University
Email:froebel.department@mu.ie
Telephone:(01) 4747400

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).

Comment

Gaeltacht Placement
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.

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.

Application date

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.

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 this link.

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 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 below.

Interview

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.

Interview Locations
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.

Course fee

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 and start dates

Start date: September 2020

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