Post-primary

Post-primary initial teacher education (ITE) is provided through programmes of a consecutive or a concurrent nature. 

The most common route to qualification is the consecutive route, which comprises a suitable degree and a separate teacher education qualification.  A suitable degree is defined as an award from a state-recognised university or similar third-level college, which enables the holder to teach at least one curricular subject to the highest level within the post-primary schools curriculum.  For most subjects, this means to Leaving Certificate Higher Level.

Entry Requirements

Concurrent (Undergraduate)

  • CAO Application process
  • Mature Applicants – click here for information on the CAO website

Consecutive (Postgraduate)

To be eligible for the Professional Master of Education (post-primary), candidates must have obtained a third-level degree deemed by the Teaching Council to be suitable for the purposes of teaching at post-primary level, to teach at least one curricular subject to the highest level within the post-primary schools curriculum.  For most subjects, this means to Leaving Certificate Higher Level.

Subject Requirements for Post-Primary Registration

In concurrent (undergraduate) programmes, academic subjects are taught collectively with education and school placement components. Application is made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and selection is based on the CAO points system.

Applications for consecutive (postgraduate) programmes are made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC), the central application system for NUI colleges and Dublin City University. For other institutions, application is made directly to the individual institution.

Higher Education Institutions Providers of ITE