Below is a list of the Higher Education Institutions which provide programmes of initial teacher education in Ireland (primary, post-primary and further education) and the application process for each.
Undergraduate programmes: application is through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and selection is based on the CAO points system. Mature applicants should check with the relevant college/university regarding application procedures.
Postgraduate programmes: courses in primary teacher education are advertised in the national media with details of closing dates and application procedures. Places on the programme are awarded on the basis of qualifications, an interview and an oral examination in Irish.
Undergraduate programmes: academic subjects are taught concurrently with education programmes and teaching practice. Application is through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and selection is based on the CAO points system.
Post-graduate programmes: application is through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) central application system for NUI colleges and Dublin City University. For other institutions, application is direct to the individual institution.
Further Education Teaching
With effect from 1 April 2013, applicants for registration for the further education sector must have attained a Council approved further education teacher education qualification in addition to degree qualification requirements. This is in line with Regulation 5 of the Teaching Council Registration Regulations which aim to achieve consistent standards in qualifications required to be a registered teacher across three sectors – Primary, Post-Primary and Further Education.
Providers of initial teacher education for the further education sector are listed below. Please contact the provider for information on the application process. Graduates of these programmes will be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher with the Teaching Council for the purpose of teaching in the further education sector.