Education - Primary Teaching

This course prepares graduates to prepare for a career in primary school teaching.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a 2.2 honours bachelor degree (major award at level 8) or higher on the National Framework of Qualifications, and in the Leaving Certificate Examination: a grade C3 or above in higher level Irish; a grade D3 or above in mathematics (ordinary or higher level); and a grade C3 or above in English (Ordinary level) or grade D3 or above in English (Higher level); Applicants must meet all entry requirements by July 2016 and provide documentary evidence of meeting these requirements.


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the course fulfil all the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills and the Teaching Council to register as a teacher in the Republic of Ireland.

Further enquiries

Officer Rebecca Boyle
Tel: 01 4747400

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Block D, Rye Hall, North Campus,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

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).


Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
The Froebel Department's educational and research focus is on progressive child-centred education. It seeks to foster quality teaching and learning, creativity, integration and sound practical classroom practice in various settings. The Department is involved in several international education initiatives, including the Froebel and Hope Foundation Teacher Education Partnership in Kolkata, India, and the Socrates–Erasmus programme.

Application date

When open for applications each year, this has a very strict closing date, please check the website for details.

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.

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