B. ED: BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (GAELTACHT)
A varied and diverse experience, this four-year degree prepares students to teach within primary schools where children are exposed to a broad curriculum. As the Department is named after the famous educational philosopher, Friedrich Froebel, our programmes reflect his ideology by incorporating active, student-centric approaches to our teaching.
The programme requires students to be reflective and to blend theory with practice through a combination of university-based learning and school placement. Students who join this degree need to have a keen interest in making a difference in the lives of children and possess a deep desire to inspire children towards becoming active and independent agents of their own learning.
Our new Education Building, due for completion in 2016, will further enhance the teaching, research, and development of Education at the University.
Suitable students usually possess excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills and are committed to becoming highly creative, dynamic and dedicated teaching professionals.
Choose this option if you are interested in
–– studying the range of knowledge and skills related to the profession of primary school teaching and its curriculum;
–– qualifying as a primary school teaching professional;
–– the methodologies of primary school teaching;
–– taking an exciting range of modules.
Please note: HC3 Irish or equivalent is required for all applicants to this programme - irrespective of the qualifications they are presenting as a basis for admission
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
A combined application process is run between Maynooth University, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra/DCU and Marino Institute of Education.
Application must be made to the CAO prior to February 1st 2016. Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria will receive a supplementary application form.
Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2016 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present a HC3 in Irish, an OD3 in English and an OD3 in Maths plus one other subject at HC3 and one other subject at OD3.
HC3 Irish or equivalent is required for all applicants to this programme - irrespective of the qualifications they are presenting as a basis for admission.
Health Information Form: Prior to entry, candidates are required to complete a Health Status Information Form.
Garda Vetting: Registration is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the Garda Vetting process.
Two fortnight blocks must be spent in the Gaeltacht during years one and two of the programme (there is an additional cost for this).
|How to apply|
How to Apply
HC3 Irish or equivalent is required for all applicants to this programme - irrespective of the qualifications they are presenting as a basis for admission
We welcome over 2,600 undergraduate students to our University each year:
School-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate
Mature students returning to education
EU/EFTA students who want to study in Ireland
International students from countries outside the EU
FETAC or BTEC major award recipients.
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong. Please visit "How to Apply" for further details.
If you are unsure about anything, just contact us. We are happy to help.
|Career and postgraduate options|
The Bachelor of Education (primary teaching) is designed to prepare students to become primary school teachers within the Republic of Ireland (this qualification also enjoys professional recognition in many countries internationally).
Many primary teachers choose to diversify into other fields within education and undergo further training to become educational psychologists, inspectors, volunteers in developing countries, authors of educational texts, teacher educators in universities or seek employment with the Department of Education and Skills.
We also offer a postgraduate course in primary teaching (called the Professional Master of Education). See the Graduate Studies website for more information.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site